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2019 Holiday Coffees: Celebratory Blends That Elevate the Ordinary

2019 Holiday Coffees: Celebratory Blends That Elevate the Ordinary

Every December, we look at some aspect of the vast array of holiday coffees on offer from roasters around the world. This year, we focus on blends — specifically, holiday-themed blends, as interpreted by roasters and available only during the holiday season (roughly November to February). Creating exciting holiday blends...
Welcome To The 2020 US Coffee Championships Season On Sprudge

Welcome To The 2020 US Coffee Championships Season On Sprudge

It’s here! No, you aren’t mistaken, confused, holiday-eggnog-adled or otherwise deranged: The 2020 US Coffee Championship Qualifiers start now, here in December of 2019. Following an incredible Prelims cycle, we’re getting prepped for competitive coffee action this weekend in Sumner, Washington at Dillanos Coffee Roasters, hosts of the USCC Sumner Qualifiers. The...
The Extraction is Not Yet a Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Extraction is Not Yet a Cultural Heritage of Humanity

An industry-backed consortium of Italian coffee representatives have renewed a half-decade-long campaign to add Italian espresso to the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. The list is a growing......
Coffeejack is Pumping Up Manual Espresso Seekers

Coffeejack is Pumping Up Manual Espresso Seekers

With every 10 pounds of downward pressure on the lever of a hydraulic car jack, you get about 400 pounds of lift. The feat of engineering at work in that......
Coffee Design: Camber Coffee Roasters Artist Series

Coffee Design: Camber Coffee Roasters Artist Series

We are huge fans of combining artists with coffee packaging. There are artists like Kevin Tudball, Elizabeth Chai, Amanda Hakanson-Stacy, Leonora Yerkes, and Zachary Marvick (just to name a few) that we’ve featured here in this design series and thanks to the work of Camber Coffee Roasters we’re happily adding...
PRF 2020 Producer Scholarships Seek to Improve on 2019

PRF 2020 Producer Scholarships Seek to Improve on 2019

Across the world, conferences are constantly held on topics relevant to the coffee supply chain and its members. However, smallholder producers are usually missing from these discussions as they lack the time and resources to attend them. It means that they’re often left out of conversations taking place on the...
Millennial Influencers Trade Coffee For Butthole Sunning

Millennial Influencers Trade Coffee For Butthole Sunning

Here’s some cheeky news for you. You’ve heard of “suns out buns out”, but this is a whole ‘nother level. Per a new story in the New York Post, “perineum sunning” is the latest health trend making its rounds amongst the Instagram influencers of a certain ilk. According to one influencer...
Second Cup Company Acquires Ottawa’s Bridgehead Coffee for $7.1 Million USD

Second Cup Company Acquires Ottawa’s Bridgehead Coffee for $7.1 Million USD

The corporation behind Canadian coffee retail giant Second Cup has acquired longtime Ottawa, Ontario-based roaster and retailer Bridgehead in a deal worth $9.5 million Canadian (approximately $7.1 Million USD). The......
Fluid Coffee is Flowing From New Michigan City Roastery And Lounge

Fluid Coffee is Flowing From New Michigan City Roastery And Lounge

After deepening the pool of quality coffees available in Valparaiso over the past three-plus years, Northwest Indiana’s Fluid Coffee has is opening a second location, the Fluid Coffee Roasting Lab......
Barista Stories: Mihály Szűcs of Hygge, Budapest

Barista Stories: Mihály Szűcs of Hygge, Budapest

Mihály Szűcs is a 27 years old barista working behind the bar at Hygge, Budapest while finishing his architecture degree at the university. He entered the world of coffee back in 2014, working with commercial coffee at the time, but later he discovered speciality coffee and never looked back. Misi, what...
A Very Special Holiday Gift Guide From The Founders Of Sprudge

A Very Special Holiday Gift Guide From The Founders Of Sprudge

Our celebration of the holiday season continues here on Sprudge. First, we brought you our annual Sprudge Holiday Gift Guide, a curated selection of gift-giving ideas for the coffee lover in your life. Now we’re bringing you something a little more personal—a Founders Guide, created exclusively for Sprudge by co-founders Jordan Michelman...
How Education Creates Opportunities in Coffee-Producing Regions

How Education Creates Opportunities in Coffee-Producing Regions

Social programmes, such as arts initiatives, are working to offer young people in coffee-producing communities better education and better work opportunities as they move into adulthood.  Arts programs–mixed media studio arts, music, orchestral performance, theater, puppetry, dance, chorus, gallery installations, and costume arts–offer both skill-building and healing benefits, integrating education with...
Air New Zealand is Piloting Edible Coffee Cups from Twiice

Air New Zealand is Piloting Edible Coffee Cups from Twiice

If you’re looking for one of the world’s most progressive efforts towards reducing disposable coffee cup waste, you may need to set your sights on the sky. Already serving more......
Ford And McDonald’s Team Up To Make Car Parts Out Of Coffee Chaff

Ford And McDonald’s Team Up To Make Car Parts Out Of Coffee Chaff

The byproducts of coffee production have been the focus of several sustainability initiatives looking to transform the would-be trash (or at best the compost bin) into something utile. Chaff has been used to make coffee cups, the pulp is being harvested for its topical healing abilities, wastewater is being used...
Weird Brothers Coffee Keeps Things Interesting in Herndon, VA

Weird Brothers Coffee Keeps Things Interesting in Herndon, VA

Growing up in the Bay Area during the 90s, brothers Paul and Kenny Olsen witnessed firsthand the watershed commercial and cultural movement of coffee’s chain-dominated second wave. A few decades......
Receiver Coffee is Loud And Clear With New Prince Edward Island Roastery

Receiver Coffee is Loud And Clear With New Prince Edward Island Roastery

Along Canada’s Atlantic coast, amidst the quiet Prince Edward Island offseason, new sounds are clamoring and smells wafting from the Creamery Boardwalk on the North River bridge, where Receiver Coffee......
Now Roasting in Mesa, Arizona: Pair Cupworks

Now Roasting in Mesa, Arizona: Pair Cupworks

The Phoenix metropolitan area is a vast, sprawling web of interconnected cities, each with identities, cultural particularities and coffee communities all their own. In Mesa, Arizona, about 20 miles east......
A Coffee Drinker’s Guide To Springfield, Illinois

A Coffee Drinker’s Guide To Springfield, Illinois

Coffee in Springfield, Illinois? You bet! As one might imagine, specialty coffee is somewhat new here—even with the influence of top-notch coffee shops in Chicago to the north and St. Louis to the south, for a long time Springfield slipped through the cracks, caught in the middle of mediocrity, in...
Coffee’s Role in The Face of Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis

Coffee’s Role in The Face of Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis

“Yemen has become the largest humanitarian crisis in the world,” states the UN. It is also a country that has exported coffee globally for almost 500 years. But today, its coffee farmers are facing some of the world’s most difficult living conditions. How much responsibility does the coffee industry have to...
Dec  3, I HATE it when people use MY coffee mug!!

Dec 3, I HATE it when people use MY coffee mug!!

I work in a small office, with about 15 of us using the same small kitchen area for coffee. Like everyone else, I brought my own coffee mug from home....
Hero Dog Looks Like A Tiger To Protect Coffee From Monkeys

Hero Dog Looks Like A Tiger To Protect Coffee From Monkeys

Coming in at the 11th hour as a dark horse candidate for best coffee news of the year: dogs that look like tigers. That’s right, it’s a dog, but it’s been made to look like a tiger. And why was this dog given racing stripes (other than to look pretty...
In West Palm Beach, Composition Coffee Offers More Than the Sum of Its Parts

In West Palm Beach, Composition Coffee Offers More Than the Sum of Its Parts

There may only be two ingredients in a great cup of coffee — coffee and water — yet the factors that contribute to that greatness are myriad and complex. At......
Seattle Espresso Pathfinder Synesso Acquired by Middleby Corporation

Seattle Espresso Pathfinder Synesso Acquired by Middleby Corporation

Elgin, Illinois-based foodservice equipment company Middleby Corporation has announced its acquisition of the pioneering espresso machine manufacturer Synesso. The companies have not announced the financial terms of the acquisition, although......
Coffee Gift Guide 2019: The Sprudge Staff Picks

Coffee Gift Guide 2019: The Sprudge Staff Picks

The season is upon us for holiday shopping, and this year Sprudge is releasing a series of helpful guides for readers worldwide. This is our Sprudge Staff Guide—watch for our 2019 Founders Guide and Holiday Blends guide out in the next few days and happy shopping. Tell ’em Sprudge sent...
How to Prepare Your Café For The Festive Season

How to Prepare Your Café For The Festive Season

December is a month packed with celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Las Posadas. It’s a busy time for businesses, and one that could benefit your café – provided you make the right preparations. By making the most of the increased foot traffic and sales you’ll experience, you could start your...