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Topic: CoffeeFest in Chicago Feb 23-25 (17 msgs / 819 lines)
1) From: Barbara Leazier
Is anyone of the list going to the CoffeeFest which in being held in Chicag=
o Feb 23-25?  I am only 3 hours from Chicago and was considering.  It only =
cost $20 for all three days and there are a number of free classes.  
 
Has anyone every attended a CoffeeFest and is it worthwhile to attend.  I w=
as hoping to see some machines in action since I have not yet decided what =
espresso machine to purchase.  I keep changing my mind.  I first though I w=
ould get a Sylvia then an Anita and now I am considering the SII.  Was hopi=
ng CoffeeFest might help me make up my mind since I have never seen any of =
these machines in action.  
 
Looks like it is geared for coffe shop owners so I thought I could learn a =
thing or two.
 
Barb=

2) From: Bob
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Barb,
I went to the Nascore Specialty Coffee & Tea trade show in Denver in =
2005, registered as a micro-roaster. It was a blast, learned lots of =
stuff and saw all kinds of machines in action. Took in classes ranging =
from latte art to espresso construction taught by Dr John of Josuma =
Coffee Company. After people/vendors learned I was home roasting and not =
a threat to their business, they opened up and really talked.
Bob

3) From: Scott Marquardt
This will be my first year attending. Gotta find out if it's worth it, I
guess.   ;-)
A few of the free sessions would probably be fun to sit in on. Even if some
of the topics seem pedestrian, I often find that questions from the crowd
and interesting networking opportunities can make attendance worthwhile.
It may cost only $20 for the fest, but the parking will cost you at least
that daily if you drive to the venue.
- S
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4) From: Thbull
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I know that you MIGHT be able to locate a discount code that would  
let you get in for free (still have to pay for parking though). This  
appears to really be focused on owners, I'm quite sure that there  
will be very little coffee being brewed.
I'm planning on going on Friday and Sat and also hoping to tie in a  
trip to Metropolis.
Stay safe,
Thbull 'in foggy IL'
On Jan 11, 2007, at 9:18 PM, Scott Marquardt wrote:
This will be my first year attending. Gotta find out if it's worth  
it, I guess.   ;-)
A few of the free sessions would probably be fun to sit in on. Even  
if some of the topics seem pedestrian, I often find that questions  
from the crowd and interesting networking opportunities can make  
attendance worthwhile.
It may cost only $20 for the fest, but the parking will cost you at  
least that daily if you drive to the venue.
- S
On 1/11/07, Barbara Leazier  wrote:
Is anyone of the list going to the CoffeeFest which in being held in  
Chicago Feb 23-25?  I am only 3 hours from Chicago and was  
considering.  It only cost $20 for all three days and there are a  
number of free classes.
Has anyone every attended a CoffeeFest and is it worthwhile to  
attend.  I was hoping to see some machines in action since I have not  
yet decided what espresso machine to purchase.  I keep changing my  
mind.  I first though I would get a Sylvia then an Anita and now I am  
considering the SII.  Was hoping CoffeeFest might help me make up my  
mind since I have never seen any of these machines in action.
Looks like it is geared for coffe shop owners so I thought I could  
learn a thing or two.
Barb
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I know that you MIGHT be able to =
locate a discount code that would let you get in for free (still have to =
pay for parking though). This appears to really be focused on owners, =
I'm quite sure that there will be very little coffee being =
brewed.
I'm = planning on going on Friday and Sat and also hoping to tie in a trip to = Metropolis.
Stay safe,Thbull = 'in foggy IL' On Jan 11, 2007, at 9:18 PM, Scott = Marquardt wrote:
This = will be my first year attending. Gotta find out if it's worth it, I = guess.   ;-)   A few of the free sessions = would probably be fun to sit in on. Even if some of the topics seem = pedestrian, I often find that questions from the crowd and interesting = networking opportunities can make attendance worthwhile. =   It may cost only $20 for the fest, but the parking = will cost you at least that daily if you drive to the venue. =   - S   On 1/11/07, Barbara = Leazier <bleazier> = wrote: Is = anyone of the list going to the CoffeeFest which in being held in = Chicago Feb 23-25?  I am only 3 hours from Chicago and was = considering.  It only cost $20 for all three days and there are a = number of free classes.    Has anyone every attended a = CoffeeFest and is it worthwhile to attend.  I was hoping to see some = machines in action since I have not yet decided what espresso machine to = purchase.  I keep changing my mind.  I first though I would get a = Sylvia then an Anita and now I am considering the SII.  Was hoping = CoffeeFest might help me make up my mind since I have never seen any of = these machines in action.    Looks like it is geared for = coffe shop owners so I thought I could learn a thing or = two.   Barb  

5) From: Brett Mason
If there is still no snow in Iowa by Feb 22, then I will drive up in my
Porsche.  Seems like a fair commitment.
Coffee Passion - rescued by Global Warming - be thankful for the benefits!
Brett
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6) From: Rich M
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I inquired about this a few weeks ago on the list and the response I  
got was a bit disappointing. From what I heard it seems this show is  
really geared toward coffee shop owners and not toward the home  
roasters. I'm only about an hour and a half from Chicago so I will  
probably attend and try to wrangle as much info as I can. I have some  
big purchases coming up this year and while some decisions are made,  
some are not. (Double boiler or HX machine?).  I won't be attending  
all three days, maybe one or two.  See you there!
Rich M
On Jan 11, 2007, at 8:58 PM, Barbara Leazier wrote:
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I inquired about this a few =
weeks ago on the list and the response I got was a bit disappointing. =
From what I heard it seems this show is really geared toward coffee =
shop owners and not toward the home roasters. I'm only about an hour and =
a half from Chicago so I will probably attend and try to wrangle as much =
info as I can. I have some big purchases coming up this year and while =
some decisions are made, some are not. (Double boiler or HX machine?).  =
I won't be attending all three days, maybe one or two.  See you =
there!
Rich = M On Jan 11, 2007, at 8:58 PM, Barbara Leazier = wrote:
Is anyone of the list going to the CoffeeFest which in = being held in Chicago Feb 23-25?  I am only 3 hours from Chicago and = was considering.  It only cost $20 for all three days and there are a = number of free classes. 
 
Has anyone every attended a CoffeeFest and is it worthwhile = to attend.  I was hoping to see some machines in action since I have = not yet decided what espresso machine to purchase.  I keep changing my = mind.  I first though I would get a Sylvia then an Anita and now I am = considering the SII.  Was hoping CoffeeFest might help me make up my = mind since I have never seen any of these machines in action.  =
 
Looks like it is geared for coffe shop = owners so I thought I could learn a thing or two.
 
Barb

7) From: Brett Mason
Don't be disappointed.  The Coffee Shops are a midpoint on the journey to
great coffee.  They just cater to where the money is, not where the good
coffee is.
I'm not a snob, I am a realist...
Brett
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Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

8) From: Sandy Andina
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I will ask Tony at Metropolis if it's worth it for consumer/ 
homeroasters.
On Jan 12, 2007, at 11:07 AM, Rich M wrote:
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Sandy
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I will ask Tony at Metropolis if =
it's worth it for consumer/homeroasters.
On Jan 12, 2007, =
at 11:07 AM, Rich M wrote:
I inquired = about this a few weeks ago on the list and the response I got was a bit = disappointing. From what I heard it seems this show is really geared = toward coffee shop owners and not toward the home roasters. I'm only = about an hour and a half from Chicago so I will probably attend and try = to wrangle as much info as I can. I have some big purchases coming up = this year and while some decisions are made, some are not. (Double = boiler or HX machine?).  I won't be attending all three days, maybe = one or two.  See you there!
Rich = M On Jan 11, 2007, at 8:58 PM, Barbara Leazier = wrote:
Is anyone of the list going to the CoffeeFest which in = being held in Chicago Feb 23-25?  I am only 3 hours from Chicago and = was considering.  It only cost $20 for all three days and there are a = number of free classes. 
 
Has anyone every attended a CoffeeFest and is it worthwhile = to attend.  I was hoping to see some machines in action since I have = not yet decided what espresso machine to purchase.  I keep changing my = mind.  I first though I would get a Sylvia then an Anita and now I am = considering the SII.  Was hoping CoffeeFest might help me make up my = mind since I have never seen any of these machines in action.  =
 
Looks like it is geared for coffe shop = owners so I thought I could learn a thing or two.
 
Barb

Sandywww.sass-music.com
= = --Apple-Mail-147--805203338--

9) From: Brett Mason
Doesn't matter - it's $20 for early bird registration.  Diedrich's is
exhibiting, so that shuld be enough to warrant walking the halls....
There's classes for Basic Barista Techniques, Water essentials and
espresso 101...
Everybody here has a computer - anyone can print up a business card as
a roaster and attend...
Two Cents isn't worth much...
Brett
On 1/12/07, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

10) From: Sandy Andina
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DUH---I checked my calendar, and that's the same weekend as the North  
American Folk Alliance conference in Memphis, where I will be  
showcasing and hosting a regional meeting.  Drink a couple of extra  
shots for me.
On Jan 12, 2007, at 1:45 PM, Brett Mason wrote:
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Sandy
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DUH---I checked my calendar, and =
that's the same weekend as the North American Folk Alliance conference =
in Memphis, where I will be showcasing and hosting a regional meeting.  =
Drink a couple of extra shots for me.
On Jan 12, 2007, at =
1:45 PM, Brett Mason wrote:
Doesn't matter - it's $20 for early bird = registration.  Diedrich's = isexhibiting, so that shuld be enough to warrant = walking the halls....There's classes for Basic = Barista Techniques, Water essentials andespresso = 101... Everybody here has a computer - anyone can print up = a business card asa roaster and = attend... Two Cents isn't worth much...Brett On 1/12/07, Sandy Andina <sandraandina> = wrote: I will ask = Tony at Metropolis if it's worth it for consumer/homeroasters. On Jan 12, = 2007, at 11:07 AM, Rich M wrote:I inquired = about this a few weeks ago on the list and the response I got = wasa bit disappointing. From what = I heard it seems this show is really gearedtoward = coffee shop owners and not toward the home roasters. I'm only = aboutan hour and a half from Chicago = so I will probably attend and try to wrangleas much info as I can. I have some big purchases = coming up this year andwhile some = decisions are made, some are not. (Double boiler or HX = machine?). I won't be attending all three = days, maybe one or two.  = See you there!Rich M On Jan 11, = 2007, at 8:58 PM, Barbara Leazier wrote:Is = anyone of the list going to the CoffeeFest which in being held in = ChicagoFeb 23-25?  I am only 3 hours from = Chicago and was considering.  = It onlycost $20 for all three days and = there are a number of free classes. Has anyone every attended a = CoffeeFest and is it worthwhile to attend.  Iwas hoping to see some machines in action since I = have not yet decided whatespresso = machine to purchase.  I = keep changing my mind.  I = first though Iwould get a Sylvia then an Anita = and now I am considering the SII. = Washoping CoffeeFest might help me = make up my mind since I have never seen anyof = these machines in action. Looks like it is geared for = coffe shop owners so I thought I could learn athing or two. Barb Sandy -- Brett http://homeroast.freeservers.com=homeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = Sandywww.sass-music.com
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11) From: Barbara Leazier
Has anyone of the list ever actually attended a CoffeeFest and would like t=
o share their experience?
 
 
Well it looks like I will drag my husband along and we will attend.  Now to=
 come up with a business name to register......
 
 
From: sandraandina: Re: +CoffeeFest in Chicago Feb 23-25To: =
homeroast: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 14:07:11 -0600DUH---I=
 checked my calendar, and that's the same weekend as the North American Fol=
k Alliance conference in Memphis, where I will be showcasing and hosting a =
regional meeting.  Drink a couple of extra shots for me.
On Jan 12, 2007, at 1:45 PM, Brett Mason wrote:
Doesn't matter - it's $20 for early bird registration.  Diedrich's is
exhibiting, so that shuld be enough to warrant walking the halls....
There's classes for Basic Barista Techniques, Water essentials and
espresso 101...
Everybody here has a computer - anyone can print up a business card as
a roaster and attend...
Two Cents isn't worth much...
Brett
On 1/12/07, Sandy Andina  wrote:
I will ask Tony at Metropolis if it's worth it for consumer/homeroasters.
On Jan 12, 2007, at 11:07 AM, Rich M wrote:
I inquired about this a few weeks ago on the list and the response I got wa=
s
a bit disappointing. From what I heard it seems this show is really geared
toward coffee shop owners and not toward the home roasters. I'm only about
an hour and a half from Chicago so I will probably attend and try to wrangl=
e
as much info as I can. I have some big purchases coming up this year and
while some decisions are made, some are not. (Double boiler or HX machine?)=
.
 I won't be attending all three days, maybe one or two.  See you there!
Rich M
On Jan 11, 2007, at 8:58 PM, Barbara Leazier wrote:
Is anyone of the list going to the CoffeeFest which in being held in Chicag=
o
Feb 23-25?  I am only 3 hours from Chicago and was considering.  It only
cost $20 for all three days and there are a number of free classes.
Has anyone every attended a CoffeeFest and is it worthwhile to attend.  I
was hoping to see some machines in action since I have not yet decided what
espresso machine to purchase.  I keep changing my mind.  I first though I
would get a Sylvia then an Anita and now I am considering the SII.  Was
hoping CoffeeFest might help me make up my mind since I have never seen any
of these machines in action.
Looks like it is geared for coffe shop owners so I thought I could learn a
thing or two.
Barb
Sandy
www.sandyandina.comwww.sass-music.com
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.comSandywww.sandyandina.comwww.sass-music.com=

12) From: miKe mcKoffee
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Barbara Leazier
	Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 3:24 PM
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like to share their experience?
Yes I've attended this type affair before and discussed it on List as have
others. I think I need to go into Lurk mode for awhile. I admit the
character defect of sometimes becoming impatient with the same question or
type of question being asked over and over without first looking for the
answer. But before off to Lurkdom first I'll give the same answer once
again, but for only the second time today...
Searching the searchable archives athttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/index.htmfor "coffeefest" only got 12 hits
while searching "coffee fest" returned 41 hits of previous CoffeeFest
questions and answers.
I wonder if Tom could/would add something along the lines of: Searchable
Archives Can Be Found athttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/index.htmat the end
of each message.
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.

13) From: Barbara Leazier
Sorry I offended you Mike but I could never find the forum on Sweet Maria's=
 home page in order to do the searches.  Thank you for including the link I=
 would of never been able to figure out the link.  I assume it was on Sweet=
 Maria site not "themyers.org".  I am not all that great with the internet =
so I apologize for not being as savvy as you and the rest of this group see=
m to be.  
 
I will go back into Lurk Mode so I do not offend again.
 
Barb
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eetmarias.com> Subject: RE: +CoffeeFest in Chicago Feb 23-25> Date: Fri, 12=
 Jan 2007 15:37:08 -0800> > > >> From: homeroast-admin=
m> [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Barbara Leaz=
ier> Sent: Friday, January 12, 2007 3:24 PM> >> > >> Has anyone of the list=
 ever actually attended a CoffeeFest and would> like to share their experie=
nce?> > Yes I've attended this type affair before and discussed it on List =
as have> others. I think I need to go into Lurk mode for awhile. I admit th=
e> character defect of sometimes becoming impatient with the same question =
or> type of question being asked over and over without first looking for th=
e> answer. But before off to Lurkdom first I'll give the same answer once> =
again, but for only the second time today...> > Searching the searchable ar=
chives at>http://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/index.htmfor "coffeefest" only g=
ot 12 hits> while searching "coffee fest" returned 41 hits of previous Coff=
eeFest> questions and answers.> > I wonder if Tom could/would add something=
 along the lines of: Searchable> Archives Can Be Found athttp://themeyers.=org/HomeRoast/index.htm at the end> of each message.> > Kona Konnaisseur mi=
Ke mcKoffee> URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:>http://md=mint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm> Ultimately 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 div=
ergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.> > > >=> homeroast mailing list>http://lists.sweetmar=ias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast> To change your personal list settings (=
digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maill=istinfo.html#personalsettings=

14) From: Eddie Dove
Barb,
"Its hard to be humble when your perfect in every way."
Especially when you voluntarily deal with jaboronis like us every day.
Eddie
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My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 1/12/07, Barbara Leazier  wrote:
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15) From: Brett Mason
Name Suggestion:
  Bettern Yores Coffee Co.
Brett
On 1/12/07, Barbara Leazier  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

16) From: MichaelB
Speaking of jaboronis (?!?) here's last week's Google Quote of the Day (with
one small change  - apologies to RW):
We've heard that a million jabaronis at a million keyboards could produce
the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that
is not true.
Robert Wilensky, speech at a 1996 conference
On 1/12/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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MichaelB

17) From: an iconoclast
On 1/12/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Hi MiKe,
We invited all the noobs and they don't read every topic, so frequently miss
the info on the archives.  If it frustrates you and it sometimes does me,
too, some of us could add the link as a signature for a few weeks, so
everyone knows about them.
Take care,
Ann
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