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Posted Fri May 2, 2008, 11:30am
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SCAA 2008 Minneapolis Day 1
Road Reports article by CoffeeGeek Team

Day One at the SCAA show means a ribbon cutting ceremony, a lot of handshakes, gladhandling, a blank stare Nick Cho (inside joke) and of course, the opening of the show floor! We've got you covered, giving up to the minute stuff from both the USBC and the general trade show happenings.
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Posted Sat May 3, 2008, 1:40pm
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mark...everyone looks Happy!
Hopefully, that feeling will last. I know these things can stretch the patience of vendors, as many of us non-pro's use all our guile to scarf up as much free info and advice from these folks. Truth is, if I were there, I'd do likewise.
Hope all attending have a great time. It's lonely here in Brentwood, TN

 
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Posted Sat May 3, 2008, 8:26pm
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I had a fun time checking out the trade show.  My first SCAA show.  I learned a few things.  Everyone I talked to seemed nice and did not seem to mind that I was not in the trade.   I saw Mark intrviewing people at the Barista Championship.  I considered saying hello but, Mark was quite focused on his task and I was tired and on my way out.  

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Posted Sat May 3, 2008, 10:55pm
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shaneo Said:

I had a fun time checking out the trade show.  My first SCAA show.  I learned a few things.  Everyone I talked to seemed nice and did not seem to mind that I was not in the trade.   I saw Mark intrviewing people at the Barista Championship.  I considered saying hello but, Mark was quite focused on his task and I was tired and on my way out.  

Shane

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Hi Shane - feel free to say hi, I don't mind! I'm not sure what time it took place at, but I do remember doing a few pretty intense discussions while standing close to the area around the USBC, but nothing that couldn't be interrupted for a minute or two!

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Posted Sun May 4, 2008, 10:22am
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I would have stopped you, but you were busy taking notes and I turned to look at Barista guild booth and when I looked again you were headed off in another direction.  I noticed you at the USBC because you were snapping photos.  I am also into photography and I have a habit of noticing people with cameras.  Oh well,  I only was at the convention Friday eve and Saturday.   I headed back up north Saturday evening.

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Just a question...who gave you the information that this Elektra grinder was the official grinder for the Australia Barista Championships? It wasn't. The sponsored machines were FB80s and Compak K10 WBC grinders.

I actually have this grinder sitting in a box in the technical service room at work waiting for Elektra to pick it up. It's been in a box for the last 3 weeks. I find the steps too big. Even though the portafilter holder is adjustable, does not accept a LM handle easily without the grinder sounding like a JACKHAMMER. It's a great grinder, for example; the chute is nice and clean, however this grinder has too many short comings for my liking. My impressions have already been passed on to the Australian Elektra sales rep. I was even encouraged by Elektra to pull the grinder apart and have a look inside. It has MASSIVE BURRS and a 1 HP motor???!!!! The fan is massive....and it's no surprise this thing weighs well more than a Robur. I'd like to see some improvements and be able to test it.

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Posted Tue May 6, 2008, 6:23am
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wushoes Said:

Just a question...who gave you the information that this Elektra grinder was the official grinder for the Australia Barista Championships? It wasn't. The sponsored machines were FB80s and Compak K10 WBC grinders.

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Uh oh.

Dr. Fregnan, Elektra's owner, gave me the information. Maybe he means next year.

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