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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.…
Du Jianing Of China Is The 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion

Du Jianing Of China Is The 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion

Du Jianing of China is the 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion. This is Jianing’s first win in three World Brewers Cup appearances, finishing 15th in 2016 and 8th in 2018. Watching Du Jianing’s winning Finals routine on Sunday, one couldn’t help but feel like you were sitting around her kitchen…
The Very Best Of The 2019 Re:Co Symposium

The Very Best Of The 2019 Re:Co Symposium

Emboldened by my trusty press pass, I was lucky enough to get behind the velvet rope at Boston’s 2019 Re:Co event. Whereas Re:Co—an event put on by the Specialty Coffee Association that has often been likened to the Ted Talks of coffee—usually focuses on a variety of subjects relevant to…
Jooyeon Jeon Of South Korea Is The 2019 World Barista Champion

Jooyeon Jeon Of South Korea Is The 2019 World Barista Champion

Jooyeon Jeon of South Korea is the 2019 World Barista Champion. This is Jeon’s first win in two appearances at the World level of competition, placing 14th in the 2018 World Barista Championship in Amsterdam. In the world of sports journalism—and by extension coffee sports journalism—you don’t root for a…
The 2019 World Coffee Championships Live On SprudgeLive

The 2019 World Coffee Championships Live On SprudgeLive

It’s here! The 2019 World Barista and World Brewers Cup Championships are happening all weekend long in Boston, and Sprudge is there in full ESPN mode, covering every moment of the tournament live across an omnimedia coverage portal we lovingly refer to as Sprudge Live. These tournaments are huge, with…
In Amsterdam, The Latest From Friedhats Coffee Is A Big FUKU

In Amsterdam, The Latest From Friedhats Coffee Is A Big FUKU

It’s true that 2018 WBC second runner-up Lex Wenneker and his business partner Dylan Sedgwick named their new cafe—FUKU—after the Japanese term for “good fortune.” If you speak with them, Wenneker, a three-time Dutch barista champion, will tell you how as a visitor to Japan he was impressed by all the…