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Topic: Consumer Membership in SCAA (59 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
Greetings Mike,
Unfortunately I don't hang out on alt.coffee much and missed your post
there. You see, my CSA (Coffee Snob Association - another mythical
creature:-) status has elevated so far if someone doesn't roast their own,
or at the very least, know the date of roast and how roasted, their coffee
opinion doesn't count! Hence I spend my coffee chat time on the homeroast
list maintained by Tom @ Sweet Maria's. BTW, I'm not a coffee enthusiast,
that's fanatic if you please:-) Fortunately there's still time. Thanks for
letting me know about the offer. I'll let the homeroast list know about it
AFTER I reply to you! (That'll leave one more slot...) My input follows:
I would expect nothing from SCAA membership except a nice parchment
certificate suitable for framing! (Gold embossed edging of course, frame
additional:-) My purpose in considering membership is to help support an
organization that promotes quality coffee and those that grow and market it.
Especially those that grow it. No source and we're at the mercy of
conglomerate mega-farming strictly for quick profit, high yield low flavor
new strains, quality down the drain. Email of informational communication
would be the most economical and fine with me. If the SCAA does do paper
mailings of say a Newsletter, then maybe different membership options.
Electronic and Traditional (paper mailings at different cost.) It's a bit
tough to say what dues should be since I don't know what the benefits to me
and to the SCAA and the ongoing production of quality coffee greens would
be. As an example, my AKA (American Kitefliers Association) annual dues are
$30 and includes quarterly Kiting Magazine (mailed not electronic), $25,000
liability insurance anytime I fly, 10% discount at all AKA merchants,
membership directory and a couple other bells & whistles. Maybe a SCAA
Prosumer Membership of $15 electronic, $30 paper. How to market it? Make it
available via SCAA website, simple web app' and maybe online cc payment. Why
waste paperwork on billing etc. I'd also include an option for printing and
mailing the application with payment for those who prefer not to use cc.
Just let alt.coffee and Sweet Maria's homeroast list spread the word!
(Is that 100 words yet...?)
Sincerely,
Mike & Debi McGinness
15104 NE 74th Street
Vancouver, WA  98682-5149
360 254-0179
MM;-)
Home Ju-Ju Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA


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