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Nov 21, 2020

Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen return for another installment of the Coffee Sprudgecast—a coffee podcast on the Sprudge Podcast Network. In this episode, Michelman and Carlsen discuss regional shortages of Chemex filters, coffee enthusiasts rekindling their love of the Moka Pot (and one of the ugliest stovetop coffee makers we've ever seen/desperately want), and the launch of the 12th Annual Sprudgie Awards Presented by Pacific Barista Series.

This episode is sponsored by Pacific Barista Series and Seattle Coffee Gear.

Aug 12, 2020

Welcome to a very special episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast. For this show we’re trying something a little different, so get a little snack or beverage ready—maybe a nice cup of coffee—and settle in. Here at Sprudge, we are lifelong fans of the radio play — a lost art that enjoyed its golden era in the 1920s and 1930s, before the popular adoption of television. In some ways, today’s podcast boom is reminiscent of these radio days, where shows like The Shadow, Dragnet, and Dimension X captured the national imagination. This week’s episode of The Coffee Sprudgecast is inspired by this era of radio, but with a thoroughly modern twist. What you’re about to hear is an audio reimagining of an original piece of horror fiction that first appeared on Sprudge in the fall of 2018. Authored by Sprudge Editor At Large Michelle Johnson, the piece is called “The Panel” — and it’s performed on this episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast by audio actor Nova Omega.

This episode is sponsored by Pacific Foods Barista Series.

May 18, 2020

There's a new website in town: Sprudge Maps. Check out Sprudge Maps to discover cafes in your neighborhood and find out their latest operating hours and safety protocols. If you're a cafe owner, you can list your shop for free right now at http://sprudgemaps.com.

In this episode, Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman share sneak peeks of three new podcasts joining the Sprudge Podcast Network: No Free Refills, A Better Table, and Seed To Cup. Find out more at http://sprudge.com/podcasts.

This episode is brought to you by Pacific Foods Barista Series.

Apr 17, 2020

In this episode, Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen discuss coffee's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Michelman and Carlsen introduce the Sprudge Podcast Network with brand new shows A Better Table, Seed To Cup, and No Free Refills.

Carlsen interviews Ever Meister of Cafe Imports.

This episode supports http://fuelfrontlines.com.

Feb 15, 2020

In this episode, Elizabeth Chai (@chaiamericano) interviews T. Ben Fischer of Glitter Cat Bootcamps

This episode is sponsored by Liqui Group and Odeko.

Visit SprudgeLive.com for all of our competition coverage presented by Cafe Imports, Acaia, IKAWA, Pacific Barista Series, Bellwether, and Baratza

Jan 24, 2020

In this very special episode, correspondent Elizabeth Chai interviews top-ranking US Coffee Championships Nashville Qualifier Barista Competitor Sam Spillman of Dillanos Coffee Roasters.

Sprudge Media Network’s coverage of the 2020 US Coffee Championships Nashville Qualifying Event is presented by Cafe Imports, Acaia, IKAWA, Pacific Barista Series, Bellwether, and Baratza

The Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by Odeko.

Jan 13, 2020

In this episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen read the winners of the 2019 Sprudgie Awards Presented By Pacific Barista Series.

This episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast is brought to you by Odeko.

Notable Roaster

Winner: Onyx Coffee Lab (Rogers, AR)

Honoree: Dune Coffee (Santa Barbara, California)

Finalists: Dear Green Coffee Roasters (Glasgow, Scotland), Mother Tongue Coffee Roasters (Oakland, California), Hola Coffee (Madrid, ESP), YES PLZ WEEKLY (Los Angeles, California), Market Lane (Melbourne, AUS), Ditta Artigianale (Florence, IT).

Best New Cafe

Winner: Substance Cafe (Paris)

Honoree: Formative Coffee (London)

Finalists: Intelligentsia Coffee (Austin), Canary Coffee Bar (Milwaukee), The Coffee Movement (San Francisco), Prototype Coffee (Vancouver, BC), Wrecking Ball Coffee (Berkeley, CA), The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room (Oakland).

Sustainable Cafe

Winner: 3FE (Dublin, Ireland)

Honoree: Counter Culture Coffee Training Centers (United States)

Finalists: Oddly Correct (Kansas City, Missouri), Isla Coffee (Berlin), Bar Nine (Los Angeles), Miss Margaret (Preston, Victoria), Horizon Line Coffee (Des Moines, Iowa), Crema Coffee (Nashville).

Best New Product

Winner: La Marzocco KB90

Honoree: AeroPress Go by AeroPress

Finalists: Carter Everywhere Mug by Fellow Products, FrankOne Brewer, Acaia Pearl S, Sanremo Brave, Wilfa Uniform Grinder, Ember Mug².

Best Coffee Video/Film

Winner:  James Hoffmann on YouTube

Honoree: Chris Baca on YouTube

Finalists: Seattle Coffee Gear (YouTube), “Breaking The Crust” (Stumptown Coffee), “Wax & Gold” (Stumptown Coffee), “Coffee Farmers Hopeful For Their Dying Crops” (National Geographic), “Coffee” from SHOP: A Pop Opera by Jack Stauber (Adult Swim).

Best Coffee Writing

Winner: Umeko Motoyoshi, “The @WastingCoffee Guide To Not Wasting Coffee”

Honoree: Anonymous, Vancouver Coffee Snob

Finalists: Amanda Mull for “The Rise of Coffee Shaming” (The Atlantic), Jonathan Gagné (Coffee Ad Astra), Arielle Rebekah Gordon (Trans & Caffeinated), Brian Williams (Brian’s Coffee Spot), RJ Joseph (The Knockbox), Ashley Rodriguez (Boss Barista).

Notable Coffee Producer

Winner: Juan Peña, Hacienda La Papaya (Ecuador)

Honoree: Damian Chavez (Honduras)

Finalists: Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia (Mexico), La Palma y El Tucan (Colombia), Long Miles Coffee Project (Burundi), Tesfaye Bekele (Ethiopia), Virgelina Perdomo (Colombia), Don Fabio Caballero (Honduras).

Best Coffee Magazine

Winner: Standart (Slovakia)

Honoree: Roast Magazine (USA)

Finalists: 25 Magazine (USA), Coffee People Zine (USA), Solo Magazine (Spain), The Coffee Magazine (South Africa), Drift (USA), Revista Espresso (Brazil).

Best Design Packaging

Winner: Coffee Collective (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Honoree: Hard Beans Coffee Roasters (Opole, Poland)

Finalists: Camber Coffee Artists Series (Bellingham, WA), Fjord Coffee Roasters (Berlin, Germany), Intelligentsia Coffee (Chicago, IL), Joe Coffee (New York City, NY), Talormade Coffee (Oslo, Norway), YEZ PLZ WEEKLY (Los Angeles, CA).

Best Coffee Podcast

Winner: Cat & Cloud

Honoree: Boss Barista

Finalists: Sourceress, Keys to the Shop, La Crema: Podcast de Cafe, Craft Your Own Coffee Podcast, Filter Stories, The Specialty Coffee Association Podcast.

Best Social Media

Winner: @50percentarabica

Honoree:@fellowproducts

Finalists: @dayglowcoffee, @ditriech, @wastingcoffee, @getchusomegear, @nicely85, @shitfrommykitchen.

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence

Winner: Jooyeon Jeon, 2019 World Barista Champion

Honoree: Coffee At Large

Finalists: Alice Wong of Disability Visibility Project, Chris McAuley of Getchusomegear, Peter Giuliano of Coffee Science Foundation and SCA, T. Ben Fischer of Glitter Cat Barista Boot Camp, Virginia Bauman of Cuties and Go Get Em Tiger, Margaret Nyamumbo of Kahawa 1893.

The 11h Annual Sprudgie Awards are presented by Pacific Barista Series.

See all past winners of the Sprudgie Awards.

Dec 20, 2019

In this very special episode from Sumner, Washington guest host Josh Littlefield interviews two very special guests: presiding Head Judge of the 2019 US Coffee Championship Sumner Qualifiers Kat Adams, Educator at La Colombe and the top ranking barista competitor for the weekend Andrea Allen of Onyx Coffee Labs in Rogers, Arkansas.

Sprudge Media Network’s coverage of the 2020 US Coffee Championships Sumner Qualifier is presented by Cafe Imports, Acaia, IKAWA, Pacific Barista Series, Bellwether, and Baratza

This episode of Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by Hario, Urnex, and Odeko.

Dec 16, 2019

Notable Roaster

This award honors a roaster doing exemplary work in 2019. This may include roasted coffee quality, the strength of e-commerce, cafe locations (if applicable) and all other facets of running a successful coffee roaster. This year’s nominees are:

Dune Coffee Roasters (Santa Barbara, California)
Dear Green Coffee Roasters (Glasgow, Scotland)
Mother Tongue Coffee Roasters (Oakland, California)
Onyx Coffee Lab (Rogers, Arkansas)
Hola Coffee (Madrid, ESP)
YES PLZ WEEKLY (Los Angeles, California)
Market Lane (Melbourne, AUS)
Ditta Artigianale (Florence, IT)

Vote here!

Notable Coffee Producer

This award honors outstanding work by a coffee producer at origin. This year’s nominees are:

Damian Chavez — Honduras
Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia — Mexico (Mayan Harvest Coffee)
La Palma y El Tucan — Colombia
Long Miles Coffee Project — Burundi
Tesfaye Bekele — Ethiopia (Suke Quto)
Virgelina Perdomo — Colombia (Finca El Diamante)
Don Fabio Caballero — Honduras (Finca San Francisco)
Juan Peña — Ecuador (Hacienda La Papaya)

Vote here!

Best New Product

This award honors a new coffee product released for public use in the year 2019. This year’s nominees are:

AeroPress Go by AeroPress
Carter Everywhere Mug by Fellow Products
La Marzocco KB90
FrankOne Brewer
Acaia Pearl S
Sanremo Brave
Wilfa Uniform Grinder
Ember Mug²

Vote here!

Best Coffee Video/Film

This award honors an original coffee video or film released in the year 2019. This can include feature films, short films, promotional videos or social media clips. The nominees are:

James Hoffmann (YouTube)
Chris Baca (YouTube)
Seattle Coffee Gear (YouTube)
“Baristas” (Rock Baijnauth)
“Breaking The Crust” (Stumptown Coffee)
“Wax & Gold” (Stumptown Coffee)
“Coffee Farmers Hopeful For Their Dying Crops” (National Geographic)
“Coffee” from SHOP: A Pop Opera by Jack Stauber (Adult Swim)

Vote here!

Best Coffee Writing

This award celebrates the best coffee writing of the year. This year’s nominees are:

Umeko Motoyoshi, “The @WastingCoffee Guide To Not Wasting Coffee”
Ashley Rodriguez, Boss Barista
RJ Joseph, The Knockbox
Brian Williams, Brian’s Coffee Spot
Arielle Rebekah Gordon, Trans & Caffeinated
Anonymous, Vancouver Coffee Snob
Amanda Mull, “The Rise of Coffee Shaming” (The Atlantic)
Jonathan Gagné, Coffee Ad Astra

Vote here!

Best Coffee Magazine

This award honors an outstanding coffee magazine or print publication release. This year’s nominees are:

25 Magazine (USA)
Coffee People Zine (USA)
Roast Magazine (USA)
Solo Magazine (Spain)
Standart (Slovakia)
The Coffee Magazine (South Africa)
Drift (USA)
Revista Espresso (Brazil)

Vote here!

Best Social Media

This award honors outstanding work across social media platforms. This year’s nominees are:

@FellowProducts (Instagram)
@getchusomegear (Instagram)
@50percentarabica (Instagram)
@dayglowcoffee (Instagram)
@shitfrommykitchen (Instagram)
@ditriech (Twitter)
@wastingcoffee (Instagram)
@nicely85 (Instagram)

Vote here!

Best Coffee Podcast

This award honors outstanding work in the podcast medium. This year’s nominees are:

Sourceress
Cat & Cloud
Boss Barista
Keys to the Shop
La Crema: Podcast de Cafe
Craft Your Own Coffee Podcast
Filter Stories
The Specialty Coffee Association Podcast

Vote here!

Best Design/Packaging

This work honors notable design or packaging work in coffee. Nominees may include coffee products, coffee bags, coffee logo or graphic design work, or any other example of outstanding coffee design. This year’s nominees are:

Camber Coffee Artists Series (Bellingham, WA)
Coffee Collective (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Fjord Coffee Roasters (Berlin, Germany)
Hard Beans Coffee Roasters (Opole, Poland)
Intelligentsia Coffee (Chicago, IL)
Joe Coffee (New York City, NY)
Talormade Coffee (Oslo, Norway)
YEZ PLZ WEEKLY (Los Angeles, CA)

Vote here!

Best New Cafe

This award is presented to a cafe that has opened in 2019. This year’s nominees are:

Intelligentsia Coffee (Austin)
Canary Coffee Bar (Milwaukee)
The Coffee Movement (San Francisco)
Formative Coffee (London)
The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room (Oakland)
Prototype Coffee (Vancouver, BC)
Wrecking Ball Coffee (Berkeley, CA)
Substance Cafe (Paris)

Vote here!

Sustainable Cafe

This award is presented to a cafe for prioritizing sustainable environmental stewardship. This can include zero waste practices, pursuing a reduced carbon footprint, and highlighting sustainable coffees and products. This year’s nominees are:

Oddly Correct — Kansas City, Missouri
3FE – Dublin, Ireland
Isla Coffee — Berlin, Germany
Bar Nine — Los Angeles, California
Counter Culture Coffee Training Centers — United States
Miss Margaret — Preston, Victoria, Australia
Horizon Line Coffee — Des Moines, Iowa
Crema Coffee — Nashville, Tennessee

Vote here!

Outstanding Achievement In The Field of Excellence

This award is presented each year to a remarkable coffee person, organization, cause, or entity that embodies coffee excellence. This is our most prestigious award. This year’s nominees are:

Alice Wong of Disability Visibility Project
Chris McAuley of Getchusomegear
Coffee At Large
Jooyeon Jeon, 2019 World Barista Champion
Peter Giuliano of Coffee Science Foundation and SCA
T. Ben Fischer of Glitter Cat Barista Boot Camp
Virginia Bauman of Cuties and Go Get Em Tiger
Margaret Nyamumbo of Kahawa 1893

Vote here!

Nov 26, 2019

In this episode, Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen interview Dandy Anderson of Stumptown Coffee Roasters in New York City. This episode is sponsored by Odeko, Hario, and Urnex.

Nov 8, 2019

In this episode Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen interview Ezra Baker of Stumptown Coffee Roasters in New York City. This episode is sponsored by Odeko, Hario, and Urnex.

 

Oct 19, 2019

Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen talk to guest Bailey Arnold of Oatly and the Barista Guild. Also discussed in this episode:

Sprudge NYC Party At Stumptown Coffee w/ Oatly!

Meeting Sprudge contributor Tung Nguyen!

Our favorite moments from the NY Coffee Festival, including delicious coffees and teas from Califia, Partners Coffee, Oatly, Equator Coffees, Rishi Tea, Spirit Tea, and more!

Tea Week 2.0 coming in February 2020!

Marcel Proust!

And much much more!

 

This episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by Odeko, Hario, Urnex, Swiss Water Decaf, and IKAWA.

Oct 7, 2019

Season three of the Coffee Sprudgecast! In this episode we talk to Nathanael May of Pacific Foods Barista Series, talk shop, talk about our ten year anniversary, talk about NY and LA Coffee Festivals, talk Prelims, and introduce our newest office co-worker Buckley Bonestorm.

Aug 2, 2019

This episode was recorded at Crush the Rush 2 at Linea Caffe's new roasting space in San Francisco, California. During the event's slate of learning sessions, Sprudge produced a panel Thoughtful Cafe Design moderated by multiple-Sprudgie Award-winning Umeko Motoyoshi and featured guests Alice Wong (Disability Visibility) and Nabeel Silmi (Grand Coffee). Enjoy!

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Hario, Odeko, Ikawa, Urnex, and Swiss Water Decaf. Special thanks to La Marzocco.

Jul 22, 2019

In this very special episode, we interview some of the architects of La Marzocco USA's Crush The Rush 2 (Scott Callender, Josh Littlefield, and Liz Chai) and sponsor Nathanael May of Pacific Foods Barista Series. 

Check out our coverage of the first CTR2 in Seattle, Washington right here:

https://sprudgelive.com/crush-the-rush-2019-kicks-off-in-seattle/

We also briefly mention these cities:

Walla Walla

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walla_Walla,_Washington

Tualatin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tualatin,_Oregon

The Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by IKAWA, Odeko, Hario, and Urnex Swiss Water Decaf.

Jun 15, 2019

In this episode, we interview Creative Director Tim Wenzel of Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Wenzel has been with Stumptown for 18 years and wrote and directed Breaking The Crust, a musical short film celebrating skateboard culture. It also introduces the world to the Stumptown Coffee Skate Team.

We cover Wenzel's career as Stumptown's first barista competitor, resident collage maker, musician, and videoist. 

We discuss a few videos, linked below:

Breaking The Crust

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62bkvgUOyng

Shabazz Is The Man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPf91EPyijs

Coconut Cold Brew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_l61tjfDyY&t=6s

Iggy's New Therapist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSjnZlgztig

May 3, 2019

Elizabeth Chai is back hosting a special series of World Coffee Championship themed episodes from the 2019 SCA Expo in Boston. In this episode, Chai interviews past New Zealand Champion and current coach Sam Low as well as 2019 Brazil Barista Champion Martha Grill.

 

All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by AcaiaBaratzaFaemaCafe ImportsWilbur CurtisThird Wave WaterMinor Figures, and Mahlkönig.

In 2019 SprudgeLive is home to the Digital Roasters Village, because it takes a village to cover a barista competition. The Digital Roasters Village features Camber CoffeeVerve CoffeePartners CoffeeIntelligentsia CoffeeRishi TeaKickapoo CoffeeBlue Bottle CoffeeOnyx Coffee LabCreation CoffeeAmavida, and Equator Coffees without whom this work would not be possible.

Apr 24, 2019

Elizabeth Chai is back hosting a special series of World Coffee Championship themed episodes from the 2019 SCA Expo in Boston. In this episode, Chai interviews three World Brewers Cup competitors.

UK Brewers Cup Champion Lewis Maillard

Indonesia Brewers Cup Champion Muhammed Fakhri

Ireland Brewers Cup Champion Stephen Houston

All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by AcaiaBaratzaFaemaCafe ImportsWilbur CurtisThird Wave WaterMinor Figures, and Mahlkönig.

In 2019 SprudgeLive is home to the Digital Roasters Village, because it takes a village to cover a barista competition. The Digital Roasters Village features Camber CoffeeVerve CoffeePartners CoffeeIntelligentsia CoffeeRishi TeaKickapoo CoffeeBlue Bottle CoffeeOnyx Coffee LabCreation CoffeeAmavida, and Equator Coffees without whom this work would not be possible.

 

Apr 12, 2019

We interview Kyle Anderson and Kyra Kennedy, the founders of Baratza, in this episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast. Baratza is known the world over for their home coffee grinders and they celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

The Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by OXO, Urnex, IKAWA, Hario, and Swiss Water Decaf.

Apr 7, 2019

In this episode, Elizabeth Chai interviews Dakota Graff of Onyx Coffee Lab and Joe Marocco of Mill City Coffee Roasters.

Joe Marocco works for MIll City Roasters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marocco is the Coffee Educator at Mill City, a roasting machine distributor and SCA Premiere Training Campus, and they brought a full roasting and coffee lab to Kansas City in the back of a semi-truck and was home to the roasters for the US Roasting Championship. 

Graff competed in the 2019 US Coffee In Good Spirits Championship. This marks the first year of this program in the United States. The cocktail and coffee competition has been a World Coffee Events program since 2011.

SprudgeLive’s coverage of the 2019 US Coffee Champs is made possible by Joe Glo and Mahlkonig. All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by AcaiaBaratzaFaemaCafe Imports, and Wilbur Curtis.

 

Mar 30, 2019

In this episode guest host Elizabeth Chai interviews the 2018 Brewers Cup Champion Rose Woodard and the 2019 United States Brewers Cup Champion Kaley Gann.

This is the second episode in a short series of episodes recorded on site at the United States Coffee Championships in Kansas City. Check out all of our coverage at http://sprudgelive.com.

SprudgeLive’s coverage of the 2019 US Coffee Champs is made possible by Joe Glo and Mahlkönig. All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by AcaiaBaratzaFaemaCafe Imports, and Wilbur Curtis.

The Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by IKAWA, Hario, Urnex, Swiss Water Decaf, and OXO.

Mar 22, 2019

In this episode guest host Elizabeth Chai interviews 2019 United States Barista Finalist T. Ben Fischer (Glitter Cat Barista Boot Camp, Elixr Coffee) and 2019 United States Barista Champion Samantha Spillman (Dillano's Coffee Roasters).

This is the first episode in a short series of episodes recorded on site at the United States Coffee Championships in Kansas City. Check out all of our coverage at http://sprudgelive.com.

SprudgeLive’s coverage of the 2019 US Coffee Champs is made possible by Joe Glo and Mahlkönig. All of SprudgeLive’s 2019 competition coverage is made possible by AcaiaBaratzaFaemaCafe Imports, and Wilbur Curtis.

The Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by IKAWA, Hario, Urnex, Swiss Water Decaf, and OXO.

Mar 16, 2019

In this episode we interview Richard Sandlin of Royal Coffee Importers in Oakland, California. Sandlin and the team at Royal have spent the last four years building a new coffee experience space called The Crown. We spoke with Sandlin at their grand opening weekend on March 2, 2019.

Feb 16, 2019

In this episode we interview Coffee People founder Kat Melheim and Amethyst Coffee’s Claudia Campero about their new print publication DRIP. DRIP is a submission-based publication that features writing and art "where we explore how we feel about our bodies, sex, gender, nudity, power, vulnerability, expression, and identity.” 

 

Buy a copy for $15 here: https://www.drip-zine.com

Feb 8, 2019

In the latest episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast we talk about The Sprudge TwentyPresented by Pacific Foods Barista Series, our brand-new initiative that celebrates influential voices and leaders in coffee. In the episode we interview Nathanael May, customer marketing manager of specialty coffee for Pacific Foods and friend of the podcast. Click here to listen to our very first interview with May on the 'cast back in April of 2016.

A few items discussed this week:

  • Why is the Sprudge Twenty important right now?
  • Why is alternative milk against the rules at barista competition?
  • Why don't cafes have more board games?

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