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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2004, 11:20pm
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Day 3 from the SCAA 2004 Atlanta
Road Reports article by Mark Prince

Our final day of coverage sees continuing updates as we give you the near-instant scoop on the USBC winner, show award recipients, and some of our final, random thoughts about the 2004 SCAA Show.
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 4:17am
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La Marzocco's booth where they clued me in to some of their amazing new electronics on the new machines

Corey was pretty stoked to discover that his Linea came with a PID built in!

 
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 9:43am
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Hey Mark,

Enjoyed reading your reports!  Sorry I couldn't make it but I'm off to France in a couple of days and the logistics were just too hard to pull off.

Sounds like people had a good time, and I hope I can see you at the SCAA next year, or maybe even sooner in Vancouver this year.

Thanks for letting me get a little bit of vicarious enjoyment from THIS year, also!

ken
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 10:55am
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I enjoyed the report...

I am curious to hear more about the internet cgeek and how he/she was received in Atlanta....
there seemed to be more to the story.....  Sounds like you had fun Mark....
WHO WON WHO WON.... great suspense....

(go brownen) I root for her because she is always smilin' in your pics of her.... seems like a nice person...

 
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 1:58pm
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Yay Bronwen!!!

You so totally deserved that win. And I know that everyone at that level of competition are probably only half points apart, so congratulations to all y'all.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 2:17pm
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Wow...from what little i know of her it couldn't have happened to a nicer Baristi......

congrats to all the finalists ...technically you are all winners b/c you now stand out among the elite....

 
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 4:19pm
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Wooo!  Go Bronwen!

Next step ... WBC!

I love the trophy; looks damned cool.  And hilarious.

Thanks for all the coverage so far, guys.  Next best thing to being there,

Luca "can't pour a single rosetta, let alone a rosetta and a heart" Costanzo

 
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 4:33pm
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You can't help but smile yourself when you see the sheer joy and blinding smile of Bronwen!  Congratulations!  Good Luck at the WBC!!!

I'm definitely saving my money for next year!  Being on the sidelines and only being able to read posts agonizing!  WOO HOO!
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 8:57pm
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I was there. Damn, it was cool!!  Mark was working his ... he was working really hard.  Between judging, answering questions, and shooting photos, he was sweating like a decathlete!  I was stunned by the excitement and emotion in the air when Bronwen won.  It made the event very important and legitimate, in a "Best Actor" Oscar, or Olympic Gold Medal kind of way.  When she won, she ran far away from the center of things to jump on and hug her two-boss-Johns (from Hines PM).  Then she was carried back by one of them, still hugging, with her feet 18 inches off of the ground!  I don't know her personally, but I was damned proud of her, the crew at Hines, and the whole affair.  I was humbled by the poise and skill of each competitor.  Other than Bronwen, my faves were Kyle, Ryan, and Billy.  I remember reading Billy's essay on CG a year or so ago.  It was cool to watch him work.  The other highlights of the show for me were meeting and talking to Mark Prince, Martin Hildebrandt (some excellent milk-frothing advice), and George S.  I got to meet Jeff (Zoka) Babcock's sister and her family, who live here in Atlanta. How about a "Zoka" here in Atlanta, Jeff??? It's the hub of the Southeast and all...  Let me know when you assemble your team. ;-)   I also helped the ESI folks pack their machines and display, and they sent me home with about 40 pounds (that was not a typo) of the finest espresso beans from all over the world.  Didn't want to haul it back to Seattle, I guess.  Gee.  What to do with all that coffee!!  Also got some cool La Marzocco T-shirts, met Kent Bakke of ESI, and got to look "under the hood" of their newest 3 group bar (LM) with PID heating, and 3 separate boilers.  Tech heaven!  Thanks again to Mark for his hard work.  And he's friendly to boot!  It was, perhaps, the coolest coffee day of my life.  Oh yeah... the man who said that he trained Martin H. made me a cap at the ESI display.  And Vince Piccolo, president of Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver B.C. made me a beautiful rosetta latte, and I got to taste one that George S. made in a little demonstration he did with Martin.  And I made myself a few, now and then. God bless the La Marzocco's at the ESI display.  I drink a lot of coffee, and the caffeine doesn't usually bother me, but I did notice my hands shaking a bit as I drove home from the show.  Then again, it might have been the thrill of the Barista Finals, or was it the mountain of coffee next to me in the passenger's seat?  Thank you SCAA, ESI, USBC, & Mark Prince!!!
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Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 9:34pm
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I've never met Bronwen but by the looks of the picture of her proudly holding her trophy, it is incredibly easy to get a feel of her personality! Congrats to her!  And, Congrats to RYAN, who tied for third at his second ever competition--the first being the Midwest Regionals which he won 3 weeks ago!  I understand he had quite a following in the crowd for being the newbie.  I understand that they witnessed the "Vanilla Ice" version of his performace the night before during Karaoke Night!  Watch out! I'm so proud of him!  (I'm his very best big sister!)

Love ya, Ry!
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