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Posted Wed Dec 21, 2011, 2:24pm
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Thanks everyone for the kind words - here, on twitter, on facebook, on google plus. It is really, really appreciated.

I wish I could do a heckuva lot more for the website than my time allows. It's one of my biggest "guilt trips" every single day. Probably the main reason for my hair going gray as well ;) I've promised a lot regarding this site over the past few years and failed to deliver for a variety of reasons; stuff is still very much in the works right now, but I'll keep most of it to myself until I have more to deliver.

That said, we should have a lot of new content starting in January. I've hired a new Content Editor, and so far she's working out good. She's lining up several regular columnists and contributing writers and should get things rolling after Christmas.

Best regards and happy holidays everyone!

Mark

 
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Posted Wed Dec 21, 2011, 7:12pm
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I was there on the beginning and i was really happy to be choosen for the beta web site.  I dont write as often as i want but i read a lot.  The passion for espresso is growing and Mark, you are a great part of it. Many thanks.  Sylvain
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Posted Wed Dec 21, 2011, 7:54pm
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Congrats Mark! It would be interesting to do a followup article about all the industry pros that actually got their start reading this website. I know I sure did - thanks for the guiding light back in the day.
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Posted Wed Dec 21, 2011, 9:19pm
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Hi Mark:

Congrats on an amazing and dynamic first ten years, and best wishes for the years to come.

I was one of those folks who worried for alt.coffee when you announced coffeegeek.com; because of that, I stayed away for a while. But as you say, everything worked out just fine in the end.

Back then, I much appreciated your site's easy addition of photographs, I appreciated the step by step guides. And the best thing was, after I said something really stupid on the forums, coffeegeek.com (unlike alt.coffee) allowed me to go back and delete it!  :-)

Actually, even better than that feature has been your steady, even-handed moderation of the forums, and for me, enjoying your support and loyalty as a true friend.

I salute you, sir!

 
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Posted Thu Dec 22, 2011, 1:35am
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Hi Mark!

Reading your a decade long journey was so inspiring!
I happen to be one of the newest members and now have the privilege of reading the history.

Merry Christmas!

Dinora
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Posted Thu Dec 22, 2011, 1:35am
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Nice seeing some of the old faces...(non seemed to have aged in the past few years :)
Wishing i could "like" your posts here.
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Posted Sun Dec 25, 2011, 10:34am
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Mark,
Congratulations on the first 10 years and looking forward to the next ten. I've been with you for the past nine years even though my doctor at the time nixed my caffeine intake. Long story short, my new doctors figured out what was going on with me and it wasn't coffee. I now have a new espresso machine and grinder and am happily drinking good coffee. While not as active on line as I once was, I am still here and look forward to each visit. Keep up the great work, Mark. The first web site I went to when getting back into the espresso arena was Coffeegeek. The site's information base and consumer/professional support is second to none.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 27, 2011, 7:03pm
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Mark, congratulations on 10 years. Has it really been that long? Wow.

Shane
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Posted Tue Dec 27, 2011, 7:54pm
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Congratulations and many thanks, Mark. With very few coffee resources locally (am based in the Philippines) it was in coffeegeek.com that I learned so much through the various inputs of the members.  And the reviews within helped me decide on my espresso equipment  in 2005.  Appreciating coffee is one thing; getting involved in making good coffee makes the whole experience a lot more satisfying. Kudos to you, Mark.
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Posted Wed Dec 28, 2011, 1:15pm
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Mark,
Congratulations and many thanks for 10 years of coffeegeek. Great articles and coffeegeek reviews. Lots of changes for the good during the past ten years. Ten years ago I could not get any good espresso in the San Francisco bay area and only had good espresso once a year during my annual visit to Portland and Seattle. Today in the bay area, as well as in Los Angeles, etc., good coffee is readily available. During the past ten years the internet has grown a lot too, and as a result information about third wave coffee is unfortunately scattered all over the place. It's time consuming to visit the various coffee blogs, and each coffee house has their own Facebook account which is time consuming to read through to check if anything interesting is going on. Currently my number one pet peeve is the difficulty of selecting a good roasted coffee from the many that are currently available. I pick a bag of coffee which flavor description sounds interesting to me, but when brewing coffee with it at home it is still pretty much a crap shoot how it will turn out. Some coffees are surprising and brew great coffee while others are just disappointing. It's not practical to visit a coffee house and have them make coffee with every available coffee they offer and then I select just one to make coffee with at home. So ten years ago I couldn't get good locally roasted coffee, today the choices are overwhelming and frustrating.
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