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    Big news indeed there fellow Snobs!

    CS has just received Press Credentials for what has traditionally been the largest gathering of coffee professionals in the world and has been labeled the Global Coffee Event of the Year. Yup! CS will be attending the 2008 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Annual Conference!! This years conference (http://conference.scaa.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1) is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA May 2nd through the 5th and in attendance will be your intrepid CS reporter, Moi!

    Welcoming events start on the 1st with events scheduled through the evening of the 5th and I plan on being in attendance from beginning to end! Some how I dont think Ill have to pack any CP for this trip! Anybody know of an anti-caffeine pill?!? : ;D

    The 2007 SCAA conference saw over 500 exhibitors from 78 countries displaying their wares along with over 8,500 attendees and this years conference is expected to be equally popular. I hope everybody is packing warm clothes as I suspect it wont be anywhere near as warm (Minneapolis is expecting 30+cm of snow tonight with a Winter Storm Warning in effect from Thursday evening through Saturday) as last years conference in Long Beach California. Instead of watching breaking waves on the beach attendees can watch the breaking up of the ice on the local lakes! : ;D

    At this point the plan is to do postings through-out the conference as time permits with more in depth reports being posted after the conference is over. We are also looking into the possibility of doing live pod casts from the conference if I can get a strong enough signal in the convention center from the city wide WiFi system that Minneapolis has in place.

    So, what would yall most like to see/hear about? Is there a particular person youd like to ask a question of? Particular equipment youd like see/hear about? Keep in mind that video is not allowed on the conference floor with-out special permission and an escort from the organization. Stills are allowed on the conference floor with permission from the subjects.

    Post your thoughts here on what youd like to see/hear about and Ill do my best to cover as many of them as possible!


    Java "Going to SCAA!" phile
    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    Emerging trends in specialty coffee would be a good scoop.

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    • #3
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      Will look forward to reading posts, have a great and informative trip!!

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        Being a technophile, any news on whats coming in machines and grinders would be greatly appreciated. Ive heard that theres a few interesting dual boiler machines in the horizon, pressure profiling pumps etc.

        Cheers,

        Mark.

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        • #5
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          I think Anthony and Mark have pretty much covered it. It should be a pretty cool trip - have a great time.

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          • #6
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            I have spent all morning now reading up on the conference on the SCAA website. Looks like fun and so much to see and do. They almost need to run this over a month period to check it all out and do a lot of the workshops.

            I want to see lots of Photos Javaphile.

            The "very jealous" Goodies

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            • #7
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              Lucky Bugger!

              Do me a favour and keep an eye out for any cheap (and internationally available) home roasting machines about to hit the market that can accommodate 2-4 lb roasts.

              Oh... and tell me if you spot the Tooth Fairy (you may have more luck with the latter methinks).

              Cheers,

              -Alche "Green with envy" mist-

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                Ill second Alchemist there - can you take a look at the small commercail and large domestic roaster market, and maybe even get in the ear of the stallholders about the growing market for a $1000-$2000 price range drum roaster that can handle up to 2kg?

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                • #9
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                  A lucky bugger indeed I am!

                  Im really looking forward to the conference (as if you couldnt tell from the headline! :) and expect a seriously busy and informative week-end. No doubt full of lots of shiny bits and pieces, earfuls of all things coffee, and one big buzz lasting for the entire week-end!!

                  As much as I love to travel and regale yall with my Road Trip stories Im afraid there wont be much of those this time around. This would be a very short story. The convention center where the conference is being held is all of 2km from my house. :

                  I know all the fans of the Road Trip stories will be disappointed by this news but hopefully there will be plenty of interesting reading of the goings on at the conference itself to hold your attention.

                  /me starts making a list....and checking it twice.... :

                  Keep the ideas/areas of interest coming and well see if we cant get them all covered.


                  Java "All buzzed up!" phile

                  FYI I know where the Tooth Fairy is. Shes locked up in the Tooth Chest in the china cabinet! : ;D
                  Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                    Originally posted by Javaphile link=1207854150/0#8 date=1207883408
                    As much as I love to travel and regale yall with my Road Trip stories Im afraid there wont be much of those this time around. This would be a very short story. The convention center where the conference is being held is all of 2km from my house. :
                    In that case, what you end up lacking in "Road Trip" story can be made for with PHOTOs!!! Lots and lots of photos!!!!   ;D

                    Cheers,

                    -Alche "hanging for the mega-pixels" mist-

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                      I think I can safely say there will be no shortage of photos. No shortage at all! ;D ;D ;D

                      If, er....when....the cam fills up I can dump it too my laptop which I will have with. Even with all the pics I plan on taking I dont think Ill fill its hdd up, especially when I can dump them onto a workstation every night. I dont think even I could manage to take 80gbs of 3.1mp pictures in a single day. : ;D


                      Java "What?! Me take a lot of pictures?! :" phile
                      Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Wine_of_the_Bean link=1207854150/0#1 date=1207859274
                        Emerging trends in specialty coffee would be a good scoop.
                        Good scoops for specialty coffee would be an emerging trend.

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                        • #13
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                          If you bump into Linus Verna or Verna Designs, ask how his machine is coming along (code named the flux capacitor on the H-B site). It been quiet on that front for a while, so Im getting very curious.

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                            Originally posted by Sparky link=1207854150/0#12 date=1208431958
                            If you bump into Linus Verna or Verna Designs, ask how his machine is coming along (code named the flux capacitor on the H-B site). It been quiet on that front for a while, so Im getting very curious.
                            Will do!


                            Java "Flux me to the future!" phile
                            Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                            • #15
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                              Well folks the big day is almost upon us, just 4 more days to go! Does anybody else have anything in particular theyd like to see reported on?


                              Java "All pumped up!" phile
                              Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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