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Apr 6, 2018

In this special episode, we reflect on our time at SXSW, talk about the news of the day with Robyn Brems, and discuss the future at London Coffee Festival.

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Apr 5, 2018

Hey Sprudgecast listeners! This is a very special series of mini-episodes from SXSW. This episode features Liz Turner of Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

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Sprudge Media Network's SXSW coverage is made possible by Falcon Coffee.

Mar 23, 2018

Live interviews from SXSW with Brett Cannon of Department of Brewology, Rebekah Miskin of the new web series Night Owl, and Mokhtar Alkhanshali of Port Of Mokha.

Mar 3, 2018

In this episode, we talk about Zachary's decaf secret and the Sprudge Decaf Project. We also reveal where we've been podcasting from lately.

Visit to get involved in our March 16th Night of 1,000 Pours ACLU Fundraising event taking place around the country.

Thank you for listening to the Coffee Sprudgecast!

Feb 6, 2018

In this episode, we drink Situational Ethics, sip Yemen coffee roasted by Equator, and talk about our favorite Super Bowl dips.

Jan 18, 2018

In this episode, we announce the winners of the Ninth Annual Sprudgie Awards. Congratulations to all!

Notable Roaster

Photo by Anna Hutchison 

Onyx Coffee Lab (Fayetteville, AR)

Honoree: Assembly Coffee (London)

Best New Cafe

Narrative Coffee (Everett, WA)

Honoree: Cherry Street Public House (Seattle, WA)

Best New Product

Kruve Sifter

Honoree: World Specialty Coffee Map by Cafe Imports

Best Coffee Video/Film

RealChrisBaca on YouTube Honoree:

Honoree: James Hoffmann on YouTube

Best Coffee Writing

What I Know About Running Coffee Shops” by Colin Harmon Honoree: “New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History” by Erin Meister

Notable Coffee Producer

Ernesto Menendez

Ernesto Menendez for Fincas Las Brumas, Alaska, La Ilusion and Los Andes (El Salvador)

Honoree: La Palma y El Tucan (Colombia)

Best Coffee Magazine

Standart Magazine Honoree:

Honoree: Drift Magazine

Best Design Packaging

Brandywine Coffee Roasters Honoree: 

Honoree: Talor & Jørgen

Best Coffee Subscription

Barista Hustle “Superlatives" Honoree: 

Honoree: Department of Brewology “Sequence”

Best Coffee Podcast

Boss Barista (Jasper Wilde and Ashley Rodriguez) Honoree:

Honoree: Tamper Tantrum (Stephen Leighton and Colin Harmon, producer Jenn Rugolo)

Best Coffee Instagram or Twitter Account

@ColdBrew420 [Twitter/Instagram] Honoree: [

Honoree: [Instagram]

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence

Department of Brewology for “Filter Coffee Not People” Honoree: 

Honoree: Miki Suzuki for 2017 World Barista Championship Finals

Dec 9, 2017

In this very special episode, we announce the 2017 Sprudgie Awards Finalists! Listen to find out who got nominated!


Notable Roaster

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

December Dripper



Stagg EKG

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




Barista Magazine


Revista Magazine


Best Coffee Instagram / Twitter Account


Matt Perger

3000 Thieves

Jenn Chen

Michelle Johnson


Best Coffee Podcast

The Coffee Podcast

Cat & Cloud

Boss Barista

Keys to the Shop

Tamper Tantrum

Racist Sandwich


Best Coffee Subscription Service

Dept of Brewology

Barista Hustle

Sudden Coffee

Compelling Coffee

Angel’s Cup

The Coffeevine


Best Design / Packaging


Methodical Coffee

Brandywine Coffee Roasters

Talor & Jorgen

Thou Mayest

Little Wolf


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

Miki Suzuki 

Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Department of Brewology

Pamela Chng 

Abner Roldan & Karla Ly Quiñones García 

Cole & Aisha Pew

Nov 6, 2017

In this episode we discuss the new Sprudge Live website and the upcoming 2017 World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea.

We also talk about:

Oct 20, 2017

In this very special episode we interview Erika Lee Vonie, the 2017 New York Coffee Masters champion.

Oct 6, 2017

In this episode, Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen take a moment to talk about:

Alphabet Brewing Company's Flat White Coffee Beer

we talked about coffee beer festival Coffee 💕 Beer

Song Tea

Fellow Products

Breville Oracle Touch

We looked back on Night of 1,000 Pours

We take a few calls and plug coffee charity

Project Waterfall

and we also really like

Coffee Kids

We talk about the New York Coffee Festival happening next weekend.

This episode is sponsored by Urnex and KitchenAid.

Jun 9, 2017

Hosts Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen discuss their brand-new project:

Sprudge Wine!

Sprudge Wine!

Sprudge Wine!

May 23, 2017

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. 

May 3, 2017

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.

Apr 13, 2017

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. 

Mar 31, 2017

In this very special episode we share a coffee beer with Jason Dominy of Atlanta, Georgia. 

Mar 17, 2017

In this week's episode we interview Sprudgie Award winner Michelle Johnson.

Mar 3, 2017

In this very special episode we have Kyle Gaffney of SkB Architects.

Feb 23, 2017

Guest host Liz Chai interviews competitors from the #BaristaChamps festivities in Austin, Texas. Guests include:

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Andrea Allen of Onyx Coffee Lab in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Emma Nolley of Equator Coffees in Oakland, California

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Lorenzo Perkins of Fleet Coffee in Austin, Texas

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Naida Lindberg of Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California.

Jan 31, 2017

In this episode, we talk to Mokhtar Alkhanshali of Port of Mokha.

Jan 23, 2017

In this episode special guest reporter Elizabeth Chai interviews participants of the US Coffee Champs in Knoxville, Tennesee including:

Erika Vonie

Brian Beyke

Jenna Gotthelf

Aaron Rivkin

Kyle Ramage

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Jan 13, 2017

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.

Dec 16, 2016

We are celebrating the finalists in the 2016 Sprudgie Awards.

Notable Roaster

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:

Counter Culture Coffee (Durham, North Carolina)


Koppi (Helsingborg, Sweden)

Colonna Coffee (Bath, United Kingdom)

Market Lane Coffee (Melbourne, Australia)

Populace Coffee (Detroit, Michigan)

Starbucks Reserve (Seattle, Washington) 

Best New Cafe

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 Marzocco Cafe at KEXP (Seattle, Washington)


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) 

Best New Product

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:

La Bodega Coffee (Minneapolis, Minnesota)


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)

Best Coffee Video / Film

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:

The Coffee Man — Directed by Jeff Hann, produced by Roland Fraval.


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

Best Coffee Writing

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:

Matt Perger for Barista Hustle


Scott Rao for

Andy Newbom & Andrew Russo for Coffee Spanish For Coffee Buyers

@ColdBrew420 on Twitter

James Hoffmann for

Michelle Johnson for The Chocolate Barista: “The Black Cup of Excellence”

Notable Coffee Producer

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) 

Best Coffee Magazine

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) 

Nicest Package

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)

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Five Elephant (Berlin)


La Cabra (Aarhus, Denmark)


Playground Coffee (Hamburg)

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Methodical Coffee (Greenville, SC)

Square Mile Coffee (London)

Best Coffee Subscription

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.

Kaffebox (Oslo, Norway)


Mistobox (Phoenix, Arizona)

The Coffeevine (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Barista Hustle Superlatives (Melbourne, Australia)

Collected Coffee (New York, NY)

Bean Portal (Gothenburg, Sweden) 

Best Coffee Podcast

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:

Cat & Cloud Coffee Podcast — Jared Truby and Chris Baca


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

Finest Coffee Event

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: 

Outstanding Achievement in The Field of Excellence

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:

Michelle Johnson for The Chocolate Barista


Jenn Chen for collected 2016 works

Helen Russell & Brooke McDonald for Equator Coffees

Laila Wilbur and Tracy Ging for The Coffeewoman

Sonja Zweidick for Barista Connect

Erna Knutsen for lifetime contributions to specialty coffee


Dec 9, 2016

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.



Dec 1, 2016

In this episode we talk about the 2016 Sprudgie Awards. Nominate your coffee hero now at

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.

Nov 16, 2016

In this week's episode, we're in Miami, Florida and interview Camila Ramos, owner of cafe ALLDAY. 

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