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How to Open a Coffee Shop With Limited Resources

How to Open a Coffee Shop With Limited Resources

Are you considering opening your own independent coffee shop but have a small budget to work with? Or maybe you’ve just launched and are looking for ways to make every dollar go as far as possible? It can take many months for your café to become cash flow positive. So, when...
Shot From Shinola: Madcap Coffee Opens First Detroit Bar

Shot From Shinola: Madcap Coffee Opens First Detroit Bar

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Madcap Coffee has opened its first Detroit coffee shop, bringing a staunch focus on high-end specialty coffee into a cozy space connected to the new Shinola Hotel.......
ACE Names Cory Bush Board Chair and Noelia Villalobos Vice Chair

ACE Names Cory Bush Board Chair and Noelia Villalobos Vice Chair

The Portland, Oregon-based Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has announced the election of Cory Bush as the group’s board chair and Noelia Villalobos as the vice chair. Board members are......
If You Love Coffee, You’ll Love These Award Winning Products

If You Love Coffee, You’ll Love These Award Winning Products

Crowds clamor at the Slayer Pop-Up at the 2019 Boston SCA Expo. (Photo courtesy Slayer) The Specialty Coffee Association‘s annual Expo is one of the largest coffee tradeshows in the world. With seven Sprudge folks on the floor, we covered a sampling of fine pop-ups, tech drops, and show floor surprises....
Tickets Are Now Available For The Bloom Event Series By The Barista Guild

Tickets Are Now Available For The Bloom Event Series By The Barista Guild

April showers bring May flowers, and what do May flowers bring? Why Blooms (plural) of course. Back for the fourth event in as many years, Bloom is an event series from the Barista Guild that “brings together some of the best minds in coffee, creating a unique opportunity for deeper...
Loveramics Launches Dale Harris Signature Line of Porcelain Coffee Cups

Loveramics Launches Dale Harris Signature Line of Porcelain Coffee Cups

Like an athlete with a signature sneaker line, 2017 World Barista Champion Dale Harris now has his own signature line of porcelain coffee cups, made by Loveramics. The Hong Kong-based......
The Hottest Tech Drops At SCA Expo 2019

The Hottest Tech Drops At SCA Expo 2019

For the biggest coffee weekend of the year—the 2019 Speciality Coffee Association Expo in Boston—we sent intrepid journalist and Chocolate Barista founder Michelle Johnson onto the showfloor to put her finger on the pulse of what’s new and exciting in the coffee industry today. Last week she told us what was...
SPP Global Denounces Coffee Prices, Calls for Living Income

SPP Global Denounces Coffee Prices, Calls for Living Income

SPP, the farmer-owned third-party certifier focused on smallholder producer needs, has issued a damning denouncement of the current coffee trade, as coffee C prices remain at historically low levels. SPP......
Nossa Familia’s Nudge: Portland Roaster Initiating 25-Cent Cup Fee

Nossa Familia’s Nudge: Portland Roaster Initiating 25-Cent Cup Fee

Portland, Oregon-based roasting and retail company Nossa Familia Coffee is proactively seeking to reduce the amount of waste it generates by introducing a 25 cent fee for disposable to-go cups......
Drifter Coffee Settles Into SE Michigan Home with Roasting Partner Gooseneck

Drifter Coffee Settles Into SE Michigan Home with Roasting Partner Gooseneck

“Drifter Gooseneck” may sound like the work of a distracted barista, but at one new coffee destination in Ferndale, Michigan, it actually describes the opposite: a focused combination of quality......
How to Monitor For & Prevent Coffee Leaf Rust

How to Monitor For & Prevent Coffee Leaf Rust

Anyone who works in coffee production is likely familiar with the threat of coffee leaf rust. Devastating outbreaks of the fungus have made headlines in recent years. World Coffee Research reports that an epidemic that started in the 2011/2012 harvest season caused 70% devastation in Central America, with over US...
Apr 20, Our review of the Breville Precision Brewer

Apr 20, Our review of the Breville Precision Brewer

The Breville Precision Brewer gives you the control to make coffee with the same level of fine-tuning you get with pour over....
Barista Stories: Alexandre Paula Freitas of Milkees, Lisbon

Barista Stories: Alexandre Paula Freitas of Milkees, Lisbon

Our Barista Stories series has been long in the making. Since our first visits to cafes around Europe, we have met many amazing baristas who have had a number of interesting stories to share. We love the speciality coffee community exactly for the people building it and are thrilled to...
The Coffee In Amsterdam’s “Coffeeshops” Has Never Been Better

The Coffee In Amsterdam’s “Coffeeshops” Has Never Been Better

You have to admit it’s getting better. So reports Karina Hof, a longtime Sprudge staff writer based in Holland, who has for years been fascinated by the disconnect between Amsterdam’s famed “coffeeshops”—lounges where legal cannabis is sold and consumed freely—and the actual coffee served therein. In a city with one...
Stumptown To Release CBD Cold Brew Elixir Just In Time For The Holidays

Stumptown To Release CBD Cold Brew Elixir Just In Time For The Holidays

Tomorrow is April 20th, colloquially known as 420, a holiday you’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, tomorrow is National Cold Brew Day, which definitely started by Stumptown as a joke, but is now being treated as a real thing by thirsty cold brew marketers worldwide. To help slake that...
The Extraction Stirs Widdershins to Ward Off Something Negative

The Extraction Stirs Widdershins to Ward Off Something Negative

Just in time to look its best at the SCA Expo in Boston, home appliance maker Sensio announced that its Brim brand coffeemaker had attained certification into the SCA Certified......
The Lit List: Michelle Johnson’s Favorite Moments From SCA 2019

The Lit List: Michelle Johnson’s Favorite Moments From SCA 2019

For the biggest coffee weekend of the year—the 2019 Speciality Coffee Association Expo in Boston—we sent intrepid journalist and Chocolate Barista founder Michelle Johnson onto the showfloor to put her finger on the pulse of what’s new and exciting in the coffee industry today. Here is what she found. Coffee POGs Are...
How Colombian Coffee Producers Are Experimenting With Processing

How Colombian Coffee Producers Are Experimenting With Processing

Colombia is well-known for producing washed coffees with acidic and clean profiles. But this doesn’t mean that Colombian producers aren’t also open to experimentation in processing. In 2018, I was a guest on Ally Coffee’s Champ Trip for the winners of the US and World Coffee Championships. Over the course...
A Day Coffee Trip to Cork

A Day Coffee Trip to Cork

Cork is a little gem of a city packed with culture, food and fabulous coffee, located on the south-west Irish coast. Named twice the European Capital of Culture, it teases with a vibrant mix of the harbour charm, medieval remnants and contemporary architecture. It is a great weekend getaway destination,...
The Fascinating History and Renewal of Brazil’s Yellow Bourbon

The Fascinating History and Renewal of Brazil’s Yellow Bourbon

Known for its yellow fruit in the mature stage — a distinct departure from the cherry reds of every other coffee variety — the Yellow Bourbon has become something of......
Royal Cup Coffee Names Chip Wann New COO

Royal Cup Coffee Names Chip Wann New COO

Birmingham, Alabama-based Royal Cup Inc. has appointed its chief financial officer (CFO) Chip Wann to the newly created chief operating officer (COO) position, in which Wann will oversee all aspects......
From South Korea, The Wootz 7 Grinder Makes Powerful US Debut

From South Korea, The Wootz 7 Grinder Makes Powerful US Debut

After three years of research and development, a new South Korea-based equipment manufacturing brand called Global CMS has launched a powerful new espresso grinder called Wootz 7. The grinder, named......
Incredible Pop-Up Cafes of SCA Expo 2019

Incredible Pop-Up Cafes of SCA Expo 2019

For those convening upon Boston this past weekend, there was no shortage of great coffee at mini-cafes popping up outside, over, around, and through the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo. But of course, when you get right down to it, there will always be those superstars of the pop, those who...
Freda Yuan: The Sprudge Twenty Interview

Freda Yuan: The Sprudge Twenty Interview

Freda Yuan (Photo by Gary Handley) Welcome to The Sprudge Twenty Interviews presented by Pacific Barista Series. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring our 2019 featured class of Sprudge Twenty honorees, each one changing the coffee game worldwide. For a complete list of 2019 Sprudge Twenty honorees please visit sprudge.com/twenty. Freda Yuan...
Citing Appropriation, Kickapoo Coffee Announce They Will Change Names

Citing Appropriation, Kickapoo Coffee Announce They Will Change Names

Southwest Wisconsin’s Kickapoo Coffee have announced that after 14 years in existence, the specialty coffee roaster will change names. In a statement released yesterday, April 17th, owners TJ Semanchin and Caleb Nicholes cite appropriation as the reason the company has opted for the wholesale change. According to the press release, Semanchin...