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A Few Of Our Favorite Moments From The 2019 New York Coffee Festival

By Elixr Coffee, equator coffees, events, KeepCup, La Marzocco Linea Mini, new york, New York City, New York Coffee Festival, North America, NYC, Oatly, Rec Coffee, rishi tea, Spirit Tea, Staff Picks, Stumptown Coffee, USA

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We came. We saw. We slurped, spro’d and shotted. The 2019 edition of the New York Coffee Festival was perhaps the event’s biggest, best running yet here on American shores. Long a staple of the London specialty coffee culture thanks to the wildly successful London Coffee Festival, the New York edition of the event—like its sibling show, the Los Angeles Coffee Festival (November 8-10th)—brings a global energy to one of the world’s great coffee scenes. The booths, the competitions, the art, the films, all of it buzzing with Manhattan energy.

Whether you trekk’d in by subway from 15 stops deep in Brooklyn, or had your chauffeur waiting in the private subterranean carport of that quiet little Tribeca loft you call home, there was something for everyone at the NYCF. Here’s a few of our favorite moments from the 2019 edition of the New York Coffee Festival.

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The Coffee Art Project

Art! Yes, art. There was a lot to see and try at the festival, but everyone here on Team Sprudge were truly impressed by this year’s exhibition of the annual Coffee Art Project. The brief is simple: “Artists that apply will need to submit a piece of artwork that represents a creative, unique and personal connection to the concept of ‘coffee’ or ‘coffee shop experience.’ The work submitted can be any form of art, providing that it has a justifiable conceptual link to coffee or coffee shop experience.” In execution that meant evocative vistas of coffee farms at origin, playing cards reimagined in a coffee milieu, portraiture of coffee drinkers from around the world, and best—indeed, most striking—of all, a tribute to New York Yankee legends made entirely out of coffee beans. Not every coffee festival is also an art festival—it’s something we keep coming back to at these events around the world.

Learn more about the Coffee Art Project here. 

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Roast Masters + MCs

Which host boasts the most roast? The Roast Masters tournament made its North American debut at the 2019 New York Coffee Festival, pitting ready roasters against each other in a browning battle royale. Expertly MC’d by NYC coffee heroes Erika Vonie and Ezra Baker, with judging overseen by Anne Lunell, Alexandria Dancy, Ben Kaminsky, and John Coyne, an incredible quorum of 25 coffee companies put their roasts to the test across three action packed days.

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In the end, the team from Elixr Coffee in Philadelphia proved triumphant! A huge congratulations to Elixr Coffee, and stay tuned for our exclusive interview with the 2019 Roast Masters champs right here on Sprudge.

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Allow, if you will, for this brief personal vignette from inside the NYCF showfloor.

Scene: Opening morning of the festival. The floor is starting to fill up, and every booth is open, but before I can even really begin to comprehend all the coffee, first I need… some coffee. And then, glowing before me as if placed there by some divine being, was the Oatly booth, a wonderland of creamy oat beverage product ready to be steamed and combined with espresso in a delicious dance of plant-based pick-me-up. I just so happened to approach while Equator Coffees was the on the bar, which meant that I, yours truly, was treated to a luscious, delicious, creamy macchia-oat-o that nearly brought me to tears. It wasn’t just the best coffee of the morning; it wasn’t just the best coffee of the festival; it was my favorite coffee I drank all week long in New York. Believe it.

Wax & Gold 

Not to be outdone by the art show, NYCF was also home to a rolling film festival. We found ourselves bouncing back to the film room again and again throughout the show, to check in on the beautiful films on offer. None cooler than Stumptown Coffee‘s remarkable Wax & Gold, a film journey to the coffeelands of Ethiopia, exploring the country’s endless overlap between the twin cultures of coffee and music.


Tea, it turns out, is good! And tea was well-represented at the 2019 NY Coffee Festival. I found myself returning again and again to the charming Spirit Tea booth for kegged tea cold brew and whatever other delicious stuff co-founders Jordan Scherer and Taylor Cowan were steeping up. Just a few stalls away, the gang at Rishi Tea had their own take on delicious tea offerings, including some fresh whipped ceremonial grade matcha and truly delicious oat milk chai drinks, fresh steamed on handsome La Marzocco Linea Minis.

On a seperate but not entirely unrelated note, yes, we’re doing Tea Week again in 2019—folks keep asking, which brings us joy. Stay tuned!

Latte Art Live

New York City is home to a ferociously active semi-professional latte art scene. Players compete for cash, glory, and Instagram followers. No holds or pours are barred.

This level of action and intensity was center stage for Latte Art Live at the 2019 New York Coffee Festival, including the 2019 Latte Art East Coast Championship presented by Blue Stone Lane, to battles of Latte Art H.O.R.S.E. and a Latte Art Pro-Am presented by Rec Coffee, to demos and instructionals led by NYC coffee gliterati like Ujae Lee, Jenna Gotthelf, and Emilee Bryant.

The milk? It was put in the cups. The pours? The were textured, they were layered, they were steam dreams of milk art. It all happened, and it was everything.


KeepCup‘s exhibition at the 2019 New York Coffee Festival had us screaming for more. These retro colorways? Those new product drops? This is much more than just a reusable coffee cup—it’s fashion, darling, and we’re living for it. Watch for an exciting slate of new releases from KeepCup just in time for AW 19 and the 2019 holidays!

We could go on, but instead let us take a breath—we’ll be back in a few short weeks with more coverage from the from the 2019 Los Angeles Coffee Festival. Get your tickets today, and we’ll see you in LA.

Photos by Zachary Carlsen and Jeremy Hernandez for Sprudge Media Network. 

Disclosure: The 2019 New York Coffee Festival is presented by Allegra Events, and an advertising partner on the Sprudge Media Network. 

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Build-Outs Of Summer: Liturgy Beverage Company In Durham, NC

By aeropress, Anchor Coffee Co, Black & White Coffee, Build-Outs Of Summer, Cafes, color coffee roasters, Durham, FETCO CBS-1131, heart, La Marzocco GS3, Liturgy Beverage, mahlkonig peak, North America, North Carolina, Places, ritual chocolate, Spirit Tea, Staff Picks, Strong Arm Baking, sweet bloom, timothy jones, USA, Videri Chocolate

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You know, there was once a time when I was in your shoes. I was uncaffeinated and down and out with the blues. But then I found a place, a very special place. It taught me that there was no need to feel down and that all I needed was some freshly brewed grounds to do whatever I feel. And the name of that place? Why it’s Liturgy Beverage Company in downtown Durhman YMCA.

Originally a pop-up, Liturgy Beverage is establishing their first (semi-) permanent location at the Y, where they will serve all manner of coffee, tea, chocolate, and mocktails; there are just so many ways to have a good time! Currently featuring coffees from Black & White Coffee, Sweet Bloom, Heart, Anchor Coffee Co, and Color Coffee Roasters, it’s safe to say this multi-roaster keeps their pride on their retail shelves. So, if you’r looking for a coffee fix in Durham, there’s one place you can go—nay, nay should go—and that place is Liturgy Beverage Company.

The 2019 Build-Outs of Summer is presented by Pacific Barista SeriesnotNeutralKeepCup, and Mill City Roasters.

As told to Sprudge by Timothy Jones.

For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?

Liturgy Beverage is a specialty beverage company founded in Durham, NC in 2015. We primarily focus on serving specialty coffee, tea, chocolate, and creative non-alcoholic cocktails in diverse settings. Since 2015 we’ve operated a mobile business primarily doing pop-ups, events, and weddings. We are currently expanding into retail space and we are very excited about the future.

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Can you tell us a bit about the new space?

We are partnering with our local YMCA here in Downtown Durham to create a new space for our neighborhood (including the Y’s membership) to get great drinks. While we plan for the future we have a semi-permanent coffee bar set up in the lobby. We’re open six days a weeks and serve a small but carefully curated menu of coffee, tea, juice, and some pastries.

What’s your approach to coffee?

We approach coffee with simplicity and intentionality. We source coffees from a small number of roasting partners both local to NC and across the US. We look for coffees that have pronounced flavors and sweetness. We tend to appreciate roasting styles that highlight the inherent character and sense of “place” that each coffee has. Some of our current partners include Black & White Coffee, Sweet Bloom, Heart, Anchor Coffee Co, and Color Coffee Roasters.

Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?

We use a Mahlkönig PEAK and La Marzocco GS3 for espresso and we use a FETCO CBS-1131 and Mahlkönig EK43 for filter coffee, as well as AeroPresses for our rotating coffees.

How is your project considering sustainability?

We try to consider sustainability in a holistic way, starting with composting all of our organic waste, using commercially compostable take-away products and actively recycling. Because we operate entirely self-contained pop-up bars, we also use reusable water containers.

What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?

We opened to the public on August 12.

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Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?

We built out are space ourselves, but we are grateful to work with many great vending partners. We are proud to serve products from Spirit Tea, Videri Chocolate, Ritual Chocolate, and Strong Arm Baking.

Thank you!

No, thank you!

Liturgy Beverage Company is located at 819 Midway Ave, Durham. Visit their official website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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