Ahoy there Sprudge reader—please allow us now brief update on a project we’re very excited about, headed into a busy coffee events weekend. Just a few short weeks ago we invited our readers around the world to nominate oustanding coffee professionals for the Sprudge Twenty, a new leadership initiative presented by Pacific Barista Series. And nominate you did, with an outpouring of entries received from around the globe.

Nominations for the series are now closed. The first full class of Sprudge Twenty honorees will be announced on Monday, April 8th, in advance of the 2019 SCA Event in Boston (also home to the 2019 World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup Championship). Winners receive spotlight features on Sprudge, mentorship opportunities from Pacific Foods Barista Series, and much more to be announced in the weeks and months to come.

It’s our hope that you’ll be thrilled by our inaugural class of honorees, and that you find this work to be as exciting and compelling as anything we’ve done in our near-decade of publishing Sprudge—the site’s 10th anniversary is this September. Watch this space, and be sure to follow this weekend’s live coverage of the 2019 US Coffee Championships, happening this weekend on Twitter and at Sprudge Live, our sibling site dedicated to coffee sports.

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Jordan Michelman (@suitcasewine) is a co-founder and editor at Sprudge Media Network. Read more Jordan Michelman on Sprudge.

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