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Topic: official host of SCAA (20 msgs / 645 lines)
1) From: ginny
official conference host of SCAA is Starbucks?
ok, works for you...
they are small , speciality?http://www.illwillpress.com/coffeehouse.htmlginny

2) From: ginny
Thanks, I found it very funny.............
but remember I am the outcast.

3) From: ginny
I am still laughing my butt (ass)  off....

4) From: ginny
I just discovered it and am in love...
thanks for the comment.

5) From: ginny
ry funny Gary but I wold lke a bit more hair!

6) From: ginny
You, dear Brett, are my one and only escort. Please explain to your dear wife Debbie.

7) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
They were, as always, invisible ... even as sponsors. Does anyone 
understand this, or have a reference from another industry? I guess 
they figure they have nothing to gain by really being participants. I 
mean  literally, they are not on any panels, any cuppings, and I 
suppose there MUST be a couple of them there, but I don't know who 
they are, and they certainly don't announce themselves. There's other 
companies that keep a pretty low profile. Peets has people there, but 
they never have a booth  or anything. But with starbucks it's just 
eerie, especially when a 3 block walk in downtown Seattle means 
passing a half dozen starbucks!
The show was so-so for me, by far the best part was seeing people I 
know which means a handful of you all and a handful of green/roaster 
folks I like. There was little to report, no new home roasters, quite 
a few people showing 1/2 to 1 lb sample roasters but all with a 
pretty healthy price tag on them, and no oustanding features. Most of 
these I have seen: Sta Impianti, Petrocini, italian co.s. And I 
discovered that Pabst on tap is a pretty refreshing drink... I have 
some photos and junk to put up tonite or tomorrow. I am dead tired 
and had to come back and go straight to the Probat to roast 150 Lbs 
for the orders in the AM.
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george

8) From: Sue
Thanks Ginny, that was great! 
On 4/18/05, ginny  wrote: 

9) From: David B. Westebbe
Those who trade money for their integrity are rightfully called whores.
I thought SCAA was better than that.

10) From: Gene Smith
Tom writes (in part):
My guess is that it is a convenient way to keep tabs on the competition. 
We tend to think of Starbucks as monolithic, but it is worth remembering 
that their success came totally out of left field and I think they are 
keeping an eye on whence they came for ideas and trends.
It is fashionable on this list to bash Starbucks, but amongst all the 
grousing I've not heard anybody criticize their business model.  Which 
shows that, while grumpy, we're actually pretty smart, because Starbucks is 
plenty clever where business is concerned.
I think their presence - and, I think we may safely assume, close 
observance - of the rest of the specialty coffee scene reinforces my point. 
They aren't thinking like the General Motors of coffee...assuming that no 
good ideas or meaningful competition can come from anywhere but another 
giant competitor.  I think they (probably rightly) assume that any 
profitable new ideas will come from the same source that they did.
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

11) From: John Blumel
On Apr 19, 2005, at 12:23pm, Gene Smith wrote:
Well, I've dealt with Starbucks corporate in the past and they seem to 
act pretty monolithically...
But of course, just because they keep a low profile at the conference 
doesn't mean that they don't benefit financially from sponsoring it. I 
have no doubt there are special "receptions" and other meetings with a 
select invitation list (i.e., producers, brokers, etc. whom they want 
special deals from) where they conduct substantial business, twist a 
lot of arms and generally try to create a favorable impression of 
themselves -- not unlike biomedical conferences where the drug 
companies, who often sponsor them, do the same.
John Blumel

12) From: Tom Ulmer

13) From: Bob
Foamy is one of the best social commentators out there.
The SmallMediumLarge rant still rates as one of my

14) From: Gary Townsend
 ginny  wrote:
 official conference host of SCAA is Starbucks?
http://www.illwillpress.com/coffeehouse.htmlThis probably should have been titled
"What if Ginny was a cartoon character."
You're still my favorite (person) Gin !

15) From: Justin Marquez
On 4/19/05, David B. Westebbe  wrote:
How exactly does SCAA lose integrity over having Starbucks as a
sponsor to the show?  As far as what I have heard here, Starbucks is
nigh unto invisible.  If Starbucks is exerting some untoward
influence, perhaps you would be correct.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)http://www.justinandlinda.com

16) From: Bob Yellin
Actually, Starbucks was not entirely invisible. At the Keynote Speech &
Conference Welcome event, one of their officials (I don't remember his =
title but he may have been their top corporate marketing guy) gave a =
welcoming speech and showed a comedy video from the Letterman show, I =
spoofing Starbucks drinks, in the run up to Jane Goodall's keynote =
Bob Yellin (apologizing for top-posting)
unsvbscribes) go to =http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings

17) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Justin Marquez wrote:
FYI all, the founders of Starbucks help found the SCAA. While the 
old-timers in the SCAA may question the balance of the organization 
(commercial vs. promoting good coffee) it is tough to live up to the 
standards that CSA expects while running and organization that huge. 
Maybe this was their way of helping the industry since I don't think 
that Strabucks 'needs' the SCAA.
Life in the fast lane ......
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the juice of aribica that thoughts acquire speed,
the lips acquire stains.
The stains become a warning.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

18) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Bob Yellin wrote:
with threaded email clients I think top posting is the way to go.
Life in the fast lane ......
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the juice of aribica that thoughts acquire speed,
the lips acquire stains.
The stains become a warning.
It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

19) From: Brett Mason
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ... I still have dibs on the escort...
 On 4/19/05, ginny  wrote: 
Brett Mason
_(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!

20) From: Brett Mason
She said Yes, Of Course!
On 4/20/05, ginny  wrote:
wife Debbie.
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Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

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