Halloween & Hurricanes: Hurricane Sandy had a big impact on the east coast this week, but the worst is definitely over, and we’ve been heartened to watch how folks across the region have come together to support each other during scary times. Sometimes it’s the small things that matter: Stumptown Manhattan provided cell phone charging stations for their electricity-less customers, and baristas at both locations of Washington, D.C.’s Peregrine braved the howling winds to stay open and caffeinate the masses.

Meanwhile in Atlantic City, the Northeast Regional Barista Competition was put to a halt. Originally scheduled to take place this weekend, the SCAA considered it in the best interest of all NERBC attendees to reschedule the event for another date, which will be announced right here on Sprudge.com as soon as it’s confirmed.

New York City is slowly but surely getting back on its feet in the aftermath of the superstorm, and what better way to recover and celebrate than by going on a coffee crawl? Hosted by friend and occasional Sprudge.com contributor Erin Meister, the event goes down on Sunday, November 4th — tomorrow! — and aims to give a helping hand to coffee shops that have suffered financial setbacks this past week. Click here to stay updated on which shops will be open. “Drink heartily, tip generously!

Positively Ghoulish: To get you in the spirit of Halloween last week, we shared this video of an absolutely horrifying new product called the My French-Press. There’s no need for us to say much more — just watch it. If that’s not scary enough, there’s more! (Completely seriously though — if you haven’t already watched these, you must.)

We dug it: On a less spooktacular note, Sprudge.com’s sixth public cupping party took place at Intelligentsia’s 1871 coffee bar last (last) week, and roughly 80 people gathered together to enjoy quite the selection of top-notch Kenyan coffees from Kansas City to Copenhagen. Click the link above to check out our usual “wine list” style list of all coffees cupped, and be sure to watch out for our next cupping party — it may be one of our last.

Happy weekend!