Episodes
The hosts discuss Sprudge Twenty, the annual leadership initiative honoring excellence and individual achievement in the specialty coffee industry, presented in partnership with Pacific Barista Series. Read about the 2021 class here. This action-packed episode also features a little cold brew yogurt talk, our favorite fiber-rich snack treats, the Ember 2 mug, and much, much more. This episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by Pacific Barista Series and Seattle Coffee Gear.
Published 04/29/21
In this episode, we sit down with James Hansen, an editor at Eater London and the creator of In Digestion, a fine new food newsletter. Hansen is a former barista, and today in addition to a raft of food and bar writing for Eater and other publications, he helps steer the site's regular updates on London's coffee scene. Sponsored by Pacific Barista Series and Seattle Coffee Gear.
Published 02/11/21
Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen return for another installment of the Coffee Sprudgecast. 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. Sponsored by Seattle Coffee Gear and Pacific Barista Series.
Published 11/21/20
This week’s episode of The Coffee Sprudgecast 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.
Published 08/12/20
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. Listen to 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.
Published 05/18/20
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.
Published 04/17/20
Published 04/17/20
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. 
Published 02/15/20
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.
Published 01/24/20
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.
Published 01/13/20
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.
Published 12/20/19
We announce the nominees for the 2019 Sprudgie Awards. For the complete list, visit http://sprudge.com/sprudgies.
Published 12/16/19
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.
Published 11/26/19
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.
Published 11/08/19
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! 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.
Published 10/19/19
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.
Published 10/07/19
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.
Published 08/02/19
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/ The Coffee Sprudgecast is sponsored by IKAWA, Odeko, Hario, and Urnex Swiss Water Decaf.
Published 07/22/19
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. 
Published 06/15/19
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.
Published 05/03/19
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
Published 04/24/19
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.
Published 04/12/19
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. Graff competed in the 2019 US Coffee In Good Spirits Championship. This marks the first year of this program in the United States.
Published 04/07/19
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.
Published 03/30/19
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).
Published 03/22/19