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Topic: OT: "God in a Cup" (7 msgs / 201 lines)
1) From: michael holland
I just finished reading Michaele Weissman's book about the Third Wave in
general and the Geisha auction in 2006 specifically. Our Host was mentioned
as an interview source in the back pages and a link to the website.
Mark Prince did a CG podcast with Ms. Weissman and the concern was raised
about specialty coffee becoming too 'exclusive' for the masses looking for a
*$ alternative.
Also, the end of the book mentions the Peter Guiliani is teaching pastry
students at the CIA - the culinary, not the government version - about
coffee as part of their business training because they are more likely to
open shops with coffee as a component.
Has anyone read the book or have any thoughts about it? I felt that SM
should have been featured but...
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Michael Holland
Los Angeles City Archives
President, Cellarmasters
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2) From: David Morrow
As someone relatively new to specialty coffee, I thought it was a great
introduction to some of the people and places involved.  It gave me a better
appreciation of what Tom has to go through on his trips to origin.  Well
written, and more entertaining than I expected.

3) From: Ann McCann
I just saw, and checked out, the book from the local library.  I'm hoping to
find names I recognize, and would have hoped that Our Host had a prominent
spot among them!
Will start it tonight and check back in.
Ann
On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 12:58 PM, michael holland 
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4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I am afraid I have a very poor opinion of the book - I feel it's like 
a People Magazine approach, and don't like the way it stresses 
personalities and personal detail to add flavor. At some points it is 
downright salacious. I never "interviewed" ... only met her once. I 
am HAPPY we are not mentioned! I know Duane Sorenson was interviewed 
for about half an hour, and his characterization is totally wrong. 
She did not understand him or his humor. He was pretty hurt by being 
presented as this stoner (not true), rollerblader (not true) and 
hostile to other companies (not true). There are a lot of 
embarrassing little factual details that are wrong. I had to stop 
reading it, so I might have missed some of it's better qualities 
later in the book. It was so chatty and gossipy. She just seemed like 
a groupie or something! If you can check it out from a library or 
read some pages online at amazon, it's definitely worth it before 
actually owning this book, the style of which might annoy you as much 
as it did me ...
Tom
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5) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
By the way, I totally reject this idea of "Waves" - Third Wave - it 
makes no sense at all. It's bad, dumbed-down history turned into 
marketing.
I know i sound peeved but actually I am glad this subject came up, 
and ***I respect the people who found good things in the book*** 
Like I said, my opinions are based on reading the first 50 pages. On 
principal, I wouldn't read more or recommend it to anyone.
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            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
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6) From: Bryan Wray
I can think of an industry magazine that I always find myself glancing back at the cover to make sure I didn't accidentally pick up an "Us" or "People" or whatever (I'm not really up on my gossip magazines I have to *cough*-proudly-*cough, cough* admit).  I'm not going to bash it because I have people that I love that are connected to the magazine and I do think it brings *some* good things in each edition, but geez has it gotten "look who *I* know" (if you get what I mean).  If people get/read the magazine they will know exactly what one I am talking about without me having to name it.
-Bry
"It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine delivery service, it can be a culinary art"- Chris Owens of Cafe Grumpy in NYC.
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7) From: Ann McCann
Ok, I picked up "God in a Cup"from the local library - and I think this is a
book that could launch a writing career, as in - if this junk this badly
written and edited can get published........ So, how do I REALLY feel?
*grin*
My pain began with the acknowledgements, written in a style I can only
describe as junior high year book inscription, and had me telling Lynne that
I was sure the author dotted her i's with little hearts or smiley faces.  In
the first chapter, I actually went back over the first three pages to count
the number of times she used the words "young entrepreneur" or a variation
thereof.  Answer, way, way, way, way too many ;-).  This left me grumpy for
what was to come.  Even without knowing anything about the coffee world
which,(as a newbie to roasting and this list) I don't, it seems she misses
all the good story, doesn't seem to ever have actually spoken to an actual
coffee farmer, and just followed around a couple of guys and commented on
her hosts'  food and clothes.  The editing is also atrocious - when she
mentions a dancer approaching one of her party, the dancer appeared out of
thin air.
Enough - it's a miserable read.  I'm not surprised to hear that her gossip
reportage is flawed;  she certainly seems to ohave taken everything/one at
face value and missed they story.  I'd love to learn about the people and
places that bring me my beans - this book isn't it.  I've made it about
halfway through,m skimmed the rest, adn it's headed back to the library on
Monday!
Ann
On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 6:12 PM, Bryan Wray 
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