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Topic: Coffee Fest, Chicago-February (4 msgs / 128 lines)
1) From: michael brown
Coffee Fest, Chicago February 18-20th.
Anyone ever been to Coffee Fest?  What'd you think? Would you/have you been back?I realize it's more geared towards industry and retail but I figured someone among us has been.
Michael Bb'ham, AL
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2) From: Bryan Wray
I've been to a ton of coffee fest events.  It's not that it's geared towa=
rd the industry, it's that you literally have to have a bonafied coffee bus=
iness to even go to the event.  There are certainly ways of attending if =
you aren't in the industry as there are always 100's of free passes given o=
ut every year, but honestly... you'll probably be pretty bored.
There are always a few fun things to go and see, such as the major players'=
 booths (La Marzocco, EPNW, Bunn has a huge Trifecta display, Roust-about/H=
ario), the latte art competitions are fun to watch, especially if you have =
friends competing in them and the aroma challenge will put you in your plac=
e if you think you know your stuff.  However, for the most part, it's a=
 whole lot of people selling pancake makers and convincing you that their p=
ackaging and labeling equipment is better than anyone else's, or the pretty=
 face running a booth that doesn't actually know a thing about coffee.
If it wasn't for the rather necessary networking that happens at these even=
ts, I'd probably skip them all.  It's not that they are pointless, it's j=
ust that unless you go really far out of your way to dig for information yo=
u're not going to get much substance.  Every time I go to a CF I always m=
ake sure to have an agenda of specific people that I want to talk to for a =
long period of time and I rank their importance, making sure to hit the mos=
t important booths on the first day, that way if I need to go back later I =
can.
All that said, your first CF event is always fun; it's just that after a wh=
ile they get pretty monotonous.
-bry
Bryan Wray
Compass Coffee
360.831.1480
Bryan
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
--- On Tue, 1/25/11, michael brown  wrote:
From: michael brown 
Subject: [Homeroast] Coffee Fest, Chicago-February
To: homeroast
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 7:38 PM
Coffee Fest, Chicago February 18-20th.
Anyone ever been to Coffee Fest?  What'd you think? Would you/have you be=
en back?I realize it's more geared towards industry and retail but I figure=
d someone among us has been.
Michael Bb'ham, AL                     =
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3) From: Joseph Robertson
Michael,
Bry said it all. My only comment is, if you have never been to one and you
bleed coffee from every pore even though your last cup was two days ago like
Bry and me then you will enjoy and have a great time.
Cheers,
Joseph
Sasquatch Coffee Roasters
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Joseph Robertson
Sasquatch Coffee Roasters
Craft Coffee Roasting by Designhttp://www.jolindas.com(360)521-3104     PO Box 451 Stevenson,Washington 98648 USA
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4) From: silas coelho
Michael
I went to the last one only, it is true more oriented to industry, but you
can find some good stuffs there, and surely helps to know the trends.
I will be back there this year again
Grato/Regards
Silas
Contritionem praecedit superbia,
et ante ruinam exaltatio spiritus (Prov 16:18)http://silasmcoelho.com/2011/1/26 Joseph Robertson 
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