In this episode, we announce the winners of the Ninth Annual Sprudgie Awards. Congratulations to all!
Photo by Anna Hutchison
Onyx Coffee Lab (Fayetteville, AR)
Honoree: Assembly Coffee (London)
Narrative Coffee (Everett, WA)
Honoree: Cherry Street Public House (Seattle, WA)
RealChrisBaca on YouTube Honoree:
Honoree: James Hoffmann on YouTube
Ernesto Menendez for Fincas Las Brumas, Alaska, La Ilusion and Los Andes (El Salvador)
Honoree: La Palma y El Tucan (Colombia)
Standart Magazine Honoree:
Honoree: Drift Magazine
Brandywine Coffee Roasters Honoree:
Honoree: Talor & Jørgen
Barista Hustle “Superlatives" Honoree:
Honoree: Department of Brewology “Sequence”
Boss Barista (Jasper Wilde and Ashley Rodriguez) Honoree:
Honoree: Tamper Tantrum (Stephen Leighton and Colin Harmon, producer Jenn Rugolo)
Honoree: Letsbrew.coffee [Instagram]
Department of Brewology for “Filter Coffee Not People” Honoree:
Honoree: Miki Suzuki for 2017 World Barista Championship Finals
In this very special episode, we announce the 2017 Sprudgie Awards Finalists! Listen to find out who got nominated!
Take Flight Coffee (Los Angeles)
Onyx Coffee Lab (Bentonville, AR)
Assembly Coffee (London)
Colonna Coffee (Bath, UK)
Maquina Coffee Roasters (Oakland)
Talor & Jorgen (Oslo)
Notable Coffee Producer
Jose Gallardo (Panama)
Marta Dalton (Guatemala)
Aida Batlle (El Salvador)
The Producers of Port of Mokha (Yemen)
La Palma el Tucan (Colombia)
Ernesto Menendez (El Salvador)
Best New Product
Barista Hustle Tamper
World Specialty Coffee Map by Cafe Imports
Best Coffee Video / Film
“The Young And The Spoonless” by Cafe Imports
“I Yelp By The Way” by Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters
“The Race to Save Coffee” by the Washington Post
RealChrisBaca on Youtube
Clive Coffee on Youtube
James Hoffmann on Youtube
Best Coffee Writing
WIKARCS by Colin Harmon
“New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History” by Erin Meister
Ashley Rodriguez for Barista Magazine Online
Jenn Chen (collected works)
RJ Joseph (collected works)
Kelly Stein (collected works)
Best Coffee Magazine
Best Coffee Instagram / Twitter Account
Best Coffee Podcast
The Coffee Podcast
Cat & Cloud
Keys to the Shop
Best Coffee Subscription Service
Dept of Brewology
Best Design / Packaging
Brandywine Coffee Roasters
Talor & Jorgen
Best New Cafe
Narrative Coffee (Everett, WA)
Cherry Street Public House (Seattle, WA)
Love Supreme Portobello (Dublin)
Nemesis Coffee (Vancouver, BC)
Center Coffee (Seoul)
Catalyst Coffee (Auckland, NZ)
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence
Department of Brewology
Abner Roldan & Karla Ly Quiñones García
Cole & Aisha Pew
In this episode we discuss the new Sprudge Live website http://sprudgelive.com and the upcoming 2017 World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
We also talk about:
In this very special episode we interview Erika Lee Vonie, the 2017 New York Coffee Masters champion.
In this episode, Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen take a moment to talk about:
we talked about coffee beer festival Coffee 💕 Beer
We looked back on Night of 1,000 Pours
We take a few calls and plug coffee charity
and we also really like
We talk about the New York Coffee Festival happening next weekend.
Hosts Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen discuss their brand-new project:
Sprudge correspondent Liz Chai interviews Onyx Coffee Lab barista trainer and 2017 US Brewers Cup Champion Dylan Siemens.
For more US Coffee Sports fun, listen to Episode 41 at the 2017 USBC in Seattle.
Special reporter Liz Chai visits a judge, a competitor, a coach, and a volunteer at the 2017 United States Barista Championship and Brewers Cup. Featuring Sarah Frinak, Mallory Leicht, Talya Strader, and Matthew Jung Quillen.
Enjoy action-packed live episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast from Prufrock Coffee in London featuring Sonja Zweidick, Lem Butler, Chloe Callow, Gianni Cassatini, and Sara Mason.
In this very special episode we share a coffee beer with Jason Dominy of Atlanta, Georgia.
In this week's episode we interview Sprudgie Award winner Michelle Johnson.
In this very special episode we have Kyle Gaffney of SkB Architects.
Guest host Liz Chai interviews competitors from the #BaristaChamps festivities in Austin, Texas. Guests include:
Andrea Allen of Onyx Coffee Lab in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Emma Nolley of Equator Coffees in Oakland, California
Lorenzo Perkins of Fleet Coffee in Austin, Texas
Naida Lindberg of Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California.
In this episode, we talk to Mokhtar Alkhanshali of Port of Mokha.
In this episode special guest reporter Elizabeth Chai interviews participants of the US Coffee Champs in Knoxville, Tennesee including:
Check out all of the US Coffee Champs action at SprudgeLive.com.
In this episode we interview I Make My Own Coffee Podcast hosts Bryan Schiele and Brian Beyke, winner of the 2016 Sprudgie Award for Best Podcast.
We are celebrating the finalists in the 2016 Sprudgie Awards.
Each year our readers nominate outstanding coffee roasters around the world for the Notable Roaster Sprudgie Award. Unlike many of the other categories, Notable Roaster nominees need not be brands or products that debuted in 2016; rather, we look to this award as a way for our readers to honor coffee roasting companies, big and small, that turned in an especially notable year of work.
This year’s nominees are:
Koppi (Helsingborg, Sweden)
Colonna Coffee (Bath, United Kingdom)
Market Lane Coffee (Melbourne, Australia)
Populace Coffee (Detroit, Michigan)
Starbucks Reserve (Seattle, Washington)
Cafes are the beating heart of coffee culture, and each year we are delighted to see the cafe form grow and morph in new and exciting ways. Our readers have selected a stunning array of new cafes from around the world for this year’s Sprudgie Awards, each of which opened during the past calendar year.
And the nominees are:
La Fontaine de Belleville (Paris, France)
Tartine Manufactory (San Francisco, California)
Black Fox Coffee (New York City)
Cat & Cloud Coffee (Santa Cruz, California)
All Day MIA (Miami, Florida)
New products drive innovation in the coffee world, for both consumers and professionals alike. Some of these products live behind the coffee bar, making your experience more delicious one cup at a time. Others are bold, public-facing products that speak directly to consumers.
The nominees for Best New Product in 2016 are:
Sudden Coffee (San Francisco, California)
Ona Coffee Distributor (Canberra, Australia)
Third Wave Water (Cedarville, Ohio)
Baratza Sette Grinder (Bellevue, Washington)
Handground Precision Coffee Grinder (Dallas, Texas)
Coffee is a multimedia platform, inspiring expression across a variety of mediums. Each year we honor an excellent coffee video or film as part of our Sprudgie Awards tradition. This year’s nominees include a feature-length film; short promotional videos; a much-discussed speech delivered at a live speaking event; a body of work across an entire YouTube channel; and a coffee-forward dramedy on Netflix.
And the nominees are:
Stumptown Coffee x Portland Trail Blazers — Directed by Tim Wenzel
@RealChrisBaca on Youtube — Directed and produced by Chris Baca
Dapper & Wise: “Too Full” — Directed by Grahm Doughty
“Coffee I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” — Talor Browne & Tamper Tantrum
“Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life” — From executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino
Coffee’s relationship to the written word is ever-changing. From professional blogs with an industry focus to irreverent Twitter accounts and landmark expressions of personal experience, this year’s crop of Best Coffee Writing nominations takes all kinds.
And the nominees are:
Scott Rao for ScottRao.com/blog
Andy Newbom & Andrew Russo for Coffee Spanish For Coffee Buyers
@ColdBrew420 on Twitter
James Hoffmann for JimSeven.com
Michelle Johnson for The Chocolate Barista: “The Black Cup of Excellence”
Without coffee producers, there would be no coffee. Artisan growers are pushing boundaries every day by creating delicious coffees that express terroir and intent in equal measure. This year’s list of nominees includes some familiar names, plus several first-time noms, including our first-ever nominee from Burundi.
Elkin Guzman for Finca El Mirador (Colombia)
Aida Batlle for Aida Batlle Selection (El Salvador)
Benjamin Paz for Beneficio San Vicente (Honduras)
Gilberto Baraona for Finca Los Pirineos (El Salvador)
Angele Ciza and Consolata Ndayishimye for Kahawa Link Company (Burundi)
Jamison Savage and Leslie H. Freitag for Finca Deborah (Panama)
We are currently in a golden age for print coffee magazines, with gorgeous new glossies rubbing shoulders with established favorites. We predict a tough, close vote for this year’s Sprudgie Award for Best Coffee Magazine.
Standart Magazine (Nitra, Slovakia)
Drift (New York, NY)
Barista Magazine (Portland, OR)
Fresh Cup (Portland, OR)
Caffeine Magazine (London, UK)
Brygg (Oslo, Norway)
Design and packaging have never been more important to the coffee experience. Each week we feature coffee branding from around the world as part of our Nice Package feature series on Sprudge. This year we’re honoring packaging with the coveted Sprudgie Award for Nicest Package.
Parlor Coffee (Brooklyn, NYC)
Five Elephant (Berlin)
La Cabra (Aarhus, Denmark)
Playground Coffee (Hamburg)
Methodical Coffee (Greenville, SC)
Square Mile Coffee (London)
Each year the field for coffee subscription services becomes more and more crowded, making this particular field of Sprudgie Award noms increasingly essential. Only one of the nominated services can win, but each of the finalists you selected are doing exemplary work for happy subscribers worldwide.
Mistobox (Phoenix, Arizona)
The Coffeevine (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Barista Hustle Superlatives (Melbourne, Australia)
Collected Coffee (New York, NY)
Bean Portal (Gothenburg, Sweden)
It’s never been a better time to be a coffee podcast lover, with long-running series and newcomers alike vying for ear time on your drive home. That’s why we added this new category to the 2016 Sprudgie Awards. For the first time, here are your nominees for Best Coffee Podcast:
Tamper Tantrum — Stephen Leighton and Colin Harmon, produced by Jenn Rugolo
I Brew My Own Coffee — Brian Beyke and Bryan Schiele
Opposites Extract — Joe Marrocco and Meister, produced by Andy Reiland
Unpacking Coffee — Raymond and Kandace Brigleb
Coffee Awesome —Bjørg Brend Laird
Another new category for the 2016 Sprudgies, this is an opportunity for our readers to honor unique coffee events around the world. From long-running international affairs to plucky brand new indie fairs, our first-ever field of nominees in this category run the gamut of event experiences. The first set of nominees for Finest Coffee Event are:
The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Northeast Coffee Conference (MANE) — produced by Rik Kleinfeldt and New Harvest Coffee Roasters
The most important Sprudgie Award is the hardest to define—this award is given to groups or individuals our readers seek to honor for their contribution to the wider coffee culture. Past awards have gone to remarkable coffee producers, game-changing green buyers, globe-spanning event organizers, and even an entire nation’s coffee growers. This year we’re overjoyed at the nominees you’ve selected for our Outstanding Achievement in The Field of Excellence. Your nominees are:
Helen Russell & Brooke McDonald for Equator Coffees
Erna Knutsen for lifetime contributions to specialty coffee
In this episode, we brew Camber Coffee with Third Wave Water. We talk about holiday gift giving and take a phone call from our hotline at 1-888-55-SPRUDGE.
In this episode we talk about the 2016 Sprudgie Awards. Nominate your coffee hero now at http://sprudge.com/vote.
We interview John Buckman, CEO of Decent Espresso, and talk about his brand new $1000 home espresso machine that's jam packed with a lot of innovative features.
In this week's episode, we're in Miami, Florida and interview Camila Ramos, owner of cafe ALLDAY.
We celebrate our 5,000th feature on Sprudge.com, answer a call from our hotline (1-888-55-SPRUDGE), and speak to Andy Reiland of Cafe Imports.
Founders Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman discuss the beginning of Sprudge, in the second and final part of our seven year anniversary "look back" special.
For our seven year Sprudgeversary, we take a look back to 1998 when founders Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen first met.
We're back in Portland and discuss our summer of build-outs.
Live at Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco, we interview Sarah Wiener, Good Food Awards; Jenn Chen, Coffee Marketer; Noah Sanders, Sprudge Staff writer; and host a special "What's The Ish Trish?" segment with Trish Rothgeb, Coffee Quality Institute / Wrecking Ball Coffee.