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Topic: SCAA Conference (43 msgs / 820 lines)
1) From: Bob Yellin
Been thinking about going. Anyone around here gonna be there?
Bob Yellin
(SCAA Conference in Atlanta April 23 - 26)

2) From: Ed Needham
Yup.
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3) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
Been thinking about it also.  April is a busy month for me, Two papers 
to present at two different meetings in two different states on the 
16th and 17th and two kids getting married, one on May 1 and and the 
other on May 2.  The two weddings are also sucking up any money I might 
have to play on.  However, I am only two hours away and I have a place 
to stay for free if I go.  What is the minimum cost I could go to it 
for?
Jim Gundlach
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4) From: Ed Needham
Join SCAA as a C-Member ($45?) and it is much cheaper than the 'Individual'
rate.  You don't get access to all the pro workshops, but the C-member lineup
of events is very impressive.  Plus, you get access to the booth area.  It's
all on the www.scaa.org web site.  It'd be great to meet you face to face.
It's late (early).  I'm going to bed.
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5) From: Hunt Slade
My wife and I will be there - at least on the expo floor.
 
Hunt Slade
roasting (and sneezing) deep in the woods of middle Georgia
 
Bob Yellin  wrote:
Been thinking about going. Anyone around here gonna be there?
Bob Yellin
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6) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
I can see where I can register for the conference for $45.00 but I have 
never been able to find where you join as a C-member.   I understand 
registration and membership are both required.
Jim Gundlach
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7) From: Bob Yellin
Ed,
Download this and fax it to them:http://www.coffeegeek.com/files/155/scaa-consumer-application-and-registr=ation.pdf
It's not on their web site.
Bob Yellin
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8) From: Bob Yellin
Oops! I mean Jim...
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Ed,
Download this and fax it to them:http://www.coffeegeek.com/files/155/scaa-consumer-application-and-registr=ation.pdf
It's not on their web site.
Bob Yellin
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9) From: Sharon Allsup
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I was waffling on going.  The $45 C-membership+$45 registration's 
a bit stiff for a whim-of-the-moment decision, tho.  Will I be able to 
rake in greens & other swag in the exhibit hall?  That might make it 
easier to get the husband's blessing :)
It would be nice to have an Atlanta-area get-together sometime, 
perhaps in conjunction with this event.  Even if we don't all attend 
the conference, maybe we could swing an evening BS session over 
dinner?
Sharon

10) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
Bob,
      Thanks, that works and provides all the answers.
           Jim Gundlach
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11) From: Ron Kyle
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Come on Jim you can make it
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12) From: Bob Yellin
Sharon,
I'd enjoy a get together. Maybe we can organize something. First I need =
to
make a final decision on whether or not to fly down there (from Vermont)!
BTW you can join the SCAA as a "cMember" for $18 for a basic membership.
Bob
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13) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
For the $18.00 minimal membership and a $45.00 registration and a long 
discussion about being gone for the weekend before we take off for two 
of the kids weddings, it looks like I will be able to make it for at 
least part of Saturday and Sunday.  Any movement on a get together of 
list members who are going?
     Jim Gundlach

14) From: Ben Treichel
Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:
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How about;
*Consumer Cupping Lab* [more info] 
Saturday, April 24th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: A-106
1/2 before the first session? Decide from there?
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15) From: Bob Yellin
I've decided to go and have made all the arrangements to be there. I'd =
like
very much to meet up with some of the list members but, although I've =
been
to the Convention Center a number of times for various other trade shows,
I'm rather unfamiliar with the possible locations in Atlanta where we =
might
all meet. Anybody care to do the organizing?
Bob Yellin
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16) From: Ben Treichel
Ben Treichel wrote:
FYI, I get into altlanta airport @ 7:25 taking the metro/subway to the 
convention. Leaving on a 5:25 Monday. That gives me time to see the end 
of the Barista Contest (not sure I want to; but... ). Staying at the 
Omni because I'm lazy, and enjoy being in the convention hotel.
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17) From: miKe mcKoffee
Too bad it's so far away and we have so much other stuff on our agenda.
Look's like a great line up of sessions for the C-Member track. (Even see
Jim Schulman "officially" work his magic in the espresso lab!) And I know
Alchemist John would have just loved to attend the Coffee Zen Meditation
session (welcome back BTW) We may be getting together for another
PNWGathering here on the West Coast but you guys got a great opportunity
too! Not to be missed if at all possible ya'll living even remotely close
by. I'm sure you'll all have a great time. Take lots of pics so we can
vicariously share the fun!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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18) From: Ron Kyle
Hey Jim I'm glad you are going. I will be all day Saturday. I know we will
run into each other.
Ron

19) From: Ed Needham
altlanta...
heheheh...that's what we'll call it when all the alt.coffee posters arrive
for the convention.
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20) From: Ed Needham
Works for me.
BTW-- Staying at the Quality Hotel, 89 Luckie Street
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21) From: Ed Needham
I thought the C-member fee was $45, but that's for the premium membership.
An $18 membership gets you the $45 SCAA conference fee.  A real bargain
compared to the regular fees.
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Ed Needham
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22) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
I am not going to be able to make the SCAA conference even if it is 
just up the road in Atlanta.  Having spent last week end presenting two 
papers 800 miles and 17 hours apart and having two of my kids weddings 
the weekend after and now having to replace the AC on the truck before 
the wedding trip made too much to get done in the time available.   I 
really wanted to go.
         Jim Gundlach
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23) From: Brian Zambrano
Is anyone on this list planning on attending the SCAA conference in early
May?  I would really love to attend, but it's pretty expensive.  The
roasting labs sound pretty cool:http://tinyurl.com/2zuyv9If anyone has attended these in the past, is it worth it?
BZ
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24) From: Edward Bourgeois
I've never been. It's a trade show for the coffee biz. If your in the
coffee biz it may be worth going. But the SCAA as an org.has not shown
much interest in the home roaster "IMHO". I believe that home roasters
are a substantial asset for SCAA membership and we often
educate/introduce others to specialty coffee who then begin to buy
from SCAA members Cafes and Roasters. Ed
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25) From: Treshell
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I agree.  It would be very nice if they had a sub set for home roasters who
would like to support them.  We would love to join but as we make no money
it would be nice if they had a very reduced price for us.
So when the roaster joins do his employees get to go to things at a reduced
rate or is it one person per?
Tres
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26) From: Bob Brashear
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It'll be a hop, skip and a jump just to the north of me, so I'll be 
going. I hope that Tom is willing to stop by and talk a bit.
Bob
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27) From: Treshell
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As of now I plan to be there.  However Mom's health plays a large part in my
day to day.
Tres
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28) From: Edward Bourgeois
On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 6:10 PM, Treshell  wrote:
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I have tried to bring this up on the Roasters guild public forum but
no bites. They do have a consumers membership(sort of) but nothing
really for home roasters. Vendors pay a lot for a booth and need to
focus on those intending to spend big bucks. Ed
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29) From: Ed Needham
You can join SCAA as a 'Consumer Member' and receive a discount on the 
conference.  I have no idea if they have consumer activities or not, but in 
the past, it has been offered, and Atlanta 2004 was great fun.
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30) From: Joseph Robertson
Brian,
How serious are you about Coffee? I attended the last SCAA Conference in
Long Beach 2007.
Had a great time. Took some classes because we are starting a business and
all that we experienced was invaluable. Met coffee people and coffee farmers
from around the world. Learned the current trends and how to better position
myself in the new third wave market.
Yes we spent a bunch of $ but I can tell you for a fact it was the best $ I
have every spent on anything. If coffee is your passion like it is mine find
a way to go. Even if it is only for the main speech's and show room floor
time. I wish I could afford to go this year but we are in the middle of
getting our business open.
Best Regards,
Joe Robertson
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31) From: Edward Bourgeois
The SCAA started a cmembership9consumer) in 2002 and did a cmembership
newsletter that appears to have fizzled out mid 2004. I think the cost
is  $45 and does give a reduced price to the conference. The
cmembership also allows free access to the SCAA library, a good thing.
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32) From: Joseph Robertson
Great info Ed,
Small amount to pay for a wealth of information. If we keep on them maybe we
someday get a special group/rate/classification. I plan on being a full
member for a long time so I will be doing all I can to get in the right
circles to make the changes we need for a growing population of HomeRoasters
/ Coffee Aficionado's like us.
As one of my instructors just said a week ago, "hey, anything is possible
with good coffee"
I believe anything is possible if you love what you do.
JoeR
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33) From: Brian Zambrano
That was a great summary Joe.  Right now, I have a business idea for
roasting coffee and would love to learn roasting from a pro.  But again, my
idea is just an idea so the thought of dropping about $1500 on the
conference is a bit scary.  I remember seeing that their "provisional"
membership was still $300.  I'm cursing myself for not going last year when
it was in Long Beach (I'm in San Francisco).
In any case, it sounds like even though it's expensive, it will really be
worth it.
Thanks again for the info!
BZ
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34) From: Joseph Robertson
Hi again Brian,
We, my partner and I are 2 years into preparation for our new
roasting/retail/wholesale/northwest wine shop.
The trip last year to the annual SCAA gathering was our first serious step
towards realizing our dream.
So for us it was in no way dropping money bit a serious investment. One that
I will remember for the rest of my life. Very inspirational. If I can pass
on that energy even in a small way to someone like you Brian I feel I will
feel like I have done something really good.
I would love to share our shop plan/vision/dream with you as I have time if
that would or could be of any help to you?
What do you have in mind for your area Brian?
JoeR
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35) From: Bill Van Huis
I've always wanted to get in the coffee business so figured going to SCAA
would be a good place to see if I was ready to take the plunge.  It is
pricey, but if you look at it as tuition, its probably no more outrageous
than what you pay for classes elsewhere.
Plus, if you are really serious about going, there are a bunch of discounts
available. You can join SCAA as a provisional member for $165, which gives
you a nice discount for the conference. You can also elect to attend only
the Friday events, which costs $125 (less if you are a student) and seem to
be geared to those interested in getting into the business.
Paying the Friday fee also gives you the option of registering for labs
later in the weekend - I think most are $95 with the membership.  I am
taking the beginner's cupping class on Friday and the Intro to Roasting on
Saturday.
And, if you have more time than money, you can sign up as a volunteer
worker.  Looks like working 15+ hours as a volunteer will basically get you
into the whole 4-day conference for free.
Weekend hotel prices in Minneapolis seem reasonable, at least so far.
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36) From: Joseph Robertson
Brian and fellow listers,
I'm still learning how to use gmail. I meant this post below to go to the
list and not just Brian so I'm re-poating to all to make sure I got it
posted like I wanted to. Very sorry if I doubled up.
JoeR
Brian,
How serious are you about Coffee? I attended the last SCAA Conference in
Long Beach 2007.
Had a great time. Took some classes because we are starting a business and
all that we experienced was invaluable. Met coffee people and coffee farmers
from around the world. Learned the current trends and how to better position
myself in the new third wave market.
Yes we spent a bunch of $ but I can tell you for a fact it was the best $ I
have every spent on anything. If coffee is your passion like it is mine find
a way to go. Even if it is only for the main speech's and show room floor
time. I wish I could afford to go this year but we are in the middle of
getting our business open.
Best Regards,
Joe Robertson
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37) From: Joseph Robertson
Bill,
thanks for the details. You took the words right out of my mouth. That's not
really true. I've been too busy with business to go into the detail much. So
thank you for bringing us all up to date regarding this years SCAA.
Cheers,JoeR
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38) From: Bill
Joe, both postings came through.  Check the "to" in the sent mail and you
can see who it went to... gmail will attach your message to the thread, so
you don't get it coming off the list.  just a little thing, but it can be
confusing at first...
Question, Joe: When are you planning on opening your doors?
bill
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39) From: Joseph Robertson
Bill,
Thanks for the gmail tips. I have never understood the *reply to all* till,
"I think till just now", Does reply to all mean all in your address book?
Daaa, if that is so. Some days I should have "stood" in bed. ;)
Bill I hope to open the doors in 30 days give or take. I'm the general
contractor, electrician, plumber, interior decorator, oops, I think Linda
will have more say in that part.
Much to do in 30 days but what the heck. I lost out on my City contract this
year so I take that as a clue from above that I need to get our Store doors
open asap.
JoeR
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40) From: raymanowen
"*reply to all*"
 sends directly to the address that sent the message to you.
 sends your reply directly to every address in the forwarding
chain, starting with the originator of the composition. Has no connection
with your address book.
Methinks -ro
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41) From: Joseph Robertson
Thanks Ray,
Just had a nice chat with Dave on this subject. I think I'm on the right
page now.
Cheers,
JoeR
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42) From: Aaron Boothe
I've never been to the show before, but I'm going this year.  I'm in Duluth
(2 hours north of Minneapolis) and I'm pretty excited to attend.  We in
Minnesota don't get too many cool coffee opportunities.
Also, you guys probably already know, but you can volunteer for something
like 15 hours and receive $300 off admission.  I'm a poor college student so
this is pretty much my only option.
Aaron
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43) From: Joseph Robertson
Aaron,
That's a nice option. I sure would go for it if it was my only choice. You
will never regret it.
JoeR
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