We have had several Bay area homeroaster events and also with a bit of travel, the Pacific Northwest Gatherings. So there have been lots of opportunities here on the West Coast to get together and see what each other tastes. At my gathering, we did use cupping forms. There was nothing formal about it; we just did the best we could and people kept their own forms. I took cupping and Roasting classes from the SCAA at the last two annual conferences. It was not very expensive as you are misleading people to believe. I am not a certified cupper and I don't know what remaining classes I would need. I am not as good as a pro who does this for a living and does it every day. It is both fun and also challenging to be sitting next to one of these pro cuppers and find that I cannot discern as well as they. Rather than just complaining about feeling isolated or the cost, arrange your own cuppings in your area with homeroasters and ask some of the local roasters if they will assist. Many will.
Well said Jeffrey! miKe <Snip>
There's been a lot of whining about the SCAA from others; my gripe is that SCAA membership is necessary for guild membership. I don't think it's misleading to call that expensive. It might be misleading if folks with a lot of money to toss around imagine that I'm being disingenuous, but I assure you that for me, it's expensive and I'm being sincere. Obviously YMMV. - S On 9/26/06, Jeffrey Pawlan wrote: <Snip>
On 9/26/06, Scott Marquardt wrote: <Snip> Scott - How much money would it cost to position one's self to be able to take those classes? Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
Well nuts, now that you ask I can't find some correspondence from several weeks back that basically put me in this funk in the first place. It was the midwest convention in Minnesota, and the class at issue would have been impossible for me to attend, since the cost would have involved SCAA membership, guild membership, conference attendance, and class registration. Yes, I realize one good objection to my whine about all this: "Why, you're just chaffing under the aggregate effect of incurring all of this expense in one fell swoop." LOL Darned right! - Scott On 9/27/06, Justin Marquez wrote: <Snip>