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Topic: Coffee tastings - hosted any? (3 msgs / 82 lines)
1) From: Thbull
I was thinking about organizing a 'coffee tasting' event in town. Has
anyone hosted/attened something like this?
This would be an informal event, possibly hosted at a VFW or church.
The intent would be to sample coffee from varios regions. I would
roast the beans and provide some info about the regions and farms and
coffees' (from Tom's notes). This would be a free event (I might also
do a Coffee Kids 'suggested donation' or similar prgram) and probably
limited to a SAT. morning. I've got a FP, but might invest in a Tech.
for this.
I know that the PNW gatherings were recently held, so it would be nice
to get some info on the logisitcs of hosting an event.
Thanks in advance.
Arron

2) From: Brian Kamnetz
I found this in my Gmail archive:
From: Jared Andersson 
Some time back I mentioned that my brother and I were planning on
teaching a community ED class on Home roasting.  Well it is all very
official now and we will be covering roasting on 1-30-06 and brewing
on 2-6-06.  It is kind of weird to see myself in a community ED
catalogue and also very exciting.  I basically see it as a night of
roasting show and tell and a night of brewing show and tell.  It
should be very fun.  The subject of what newbies should roast has come
up a few times and I could do a search but would rather hear from
others about current coffees they recommend for this particular event.
 Once I know better how many people will be in the class I will be
ordering a pound from SM's for each person to roast a part of in the
class and to take the rest home with them.  I think I will order a
hand full of different coffees so people can see a variety of beans in
addition to my stash.   Jared
On 6/30/06, Thbull  wrote:
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Planning, planning, planning. Events come off smoothly looking effortless
all because of planning. Know what you want to do, know your intended
audience and projected attendance. Crowd flow, parking, coat/purse check,
even restroom facilities. Little things like that can get forgotten. Write
down your agenda with step by step details how you plan to achieve it. Think
of every possible thing that could go wrong and have contingency plans. 
Hosting 3 PNWGs was mostly done in my head simply because I had a couple
decades experience from similar small events up to and including 4 day World
Convention for 50+ thousand and everything inbetween. (For a non profit
organization) Negotiating with hotels, convention centers, airlines,
caterers for that type and similar smaller 1k Conventions. Also fun was
planning, doing the buying for and preparing the full weekend retreat meals
for 100 people multiple times etc. (held at a camp that had a small
commericial kitchen. First time making pancake batter for 100 people with
the big Hobart was a kick. So much fun used it for mixing big batch baked
beans too. Now normally I slow fry bacon, but for 100 people resorted to
baking sheets and ovens...)
Even with lots of experience, PNWGs I still write out the munchie and meal
menus in detail. (Largely at Debi's insistence, which is a good thing:-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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