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MarkPrince
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Posted Tue Oct 18, 2005, 8:56pm
Subject: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

Well it's been a few weeks, so time to give a shoutout to the people who truly bring you this site - our sponsors!

We have some new ones on board in the last few weeks, thanks especially to the tireless efforts of Jeanette, who manages the advertising accounts.

Paradise Roasters
These guys were the surprise hit at this year's BGA booth in Seattle, and here's something both Ken Davids and I can agree on - their coffee rocks! I had the pleasure of sampling their wares after Seattle, and found the signature espresso to be exceptional, and it ended up being one of only five (so far) to meet the developing "rules of a good espresso blend". And Ken Davids rates five of their coffees this year in the 90 plus point range. They have a CG promotion too - Buy any two 14oz bags, get free 7oz bag of espresso classico free = use coupon code “CoffeeGeek” in the comments box at checkout. Thanks to Miguel for signing on.

Baratza
This company is in the midst of a major change - moving from being an importer / distributor to a product manufacturer. Their newest project, the Baratza (not Solis!) Virtuoso grinder is going to be released soon, and should be a good competitor for the KitchenAid grinder. They've bought a New and Noteworthy placement as well as two banner spots to promote this product.

Starbucks
Well, a surprise sign on, but we're happy to have them. Starbucks signed on as a major sponsor of CoffeeGeek (with more stuff in the works), and even though they know our geeky crowd in forums isn't their target market, the site's overall traffic and exposure is what they want, and supporting this resource is equally important to them. Their sponsorship has given a big boost to CG, and I hope all of you will join me in welcoming them aboard.

Cafe West
The new distributors for Solis and a range of other products, I'm excited to see Dan and Donna (formerly of EspressoPeople.com and AabreeCoffee.com) come on board!

And of course, there's our long time sponsor advertisers - companies like Whole Latte Love, 1st Line, 1st in Coffee, Daily Grind, Aabree, EspressoZone, CoffeeEmergency, J. Martinez, and many, many more!

You can find them all listed on our active partners page, here:

"Current CoffeeGeek Advertisers"

So once again, a big thanks to all of these companies who help bring you CoffeeGeek!

Mark

 
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Posted Tue Oct 18, 2005, 10:56pm
Subject: Re: That time again - shout out to CoffeeGeek Sponsors, new and seasoned!
 

Delighted to see Cafe West come aboard.  They proivided outstanding customer service and tech support for my Pasquini Livia 90 Auto,  not only troubleshooting a pesky leak but shipping a new pressurestat free of charge and then walking me through installation and calibration over the phone. And this even though I bought it from a discount online vendor (albeit a legitimate dealer).  A first-rate operation all the way (especially Jerry).

 
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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 4:03am
Subject: Re: That time again - shout out to CoffeeGeek Sponsors, new and seasoned!
 

I am a huge fan of Paradise Roasters. I order green Espresso Nuevo, Brasil Yellow Bourbon, Bali Shinzon, India Mysore, and Harrar from them (and make my own killer espresso blend from some of these). They have provided me with nothing than great service and products.

The Espresso Classico is awesome, but it requires a higher brew temperature (in my machine around 204 degrees F)...otherwise I find it to be a bit sour.
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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 5:38am
Subject: Re: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

MarkPrince Said:

Starbucks
Well, a surprise sign on, but we're happy to have them. Starbucks signed on as a major sponsor of CoffeeGeek (with more stuff in the works), and even though they know our geeky crowd in forums isn't their target market, the site's overall traffic and exposure is what they want, and supporting this resource is equally important to them. Their sponsorship has given a big boost to CG, and I hope all of you will join me in welcoming them aboard.

Posted October 18, 2005 link

Mark,

What more is there in store from Starbucks?  Just curious as I didn't know sponsors could do much more than hand over money and get a banner ad.  Then again I have no clue how the technical aspects work...

 
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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 9:33am
Subject: Re: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

can we get the thread that explains what Starbucks does right.... it would help those of us that are a little confused by their participation on a board that holds pretty heavy contempt for what they stand for seconded.  i've kept my mouth shut and just read some old posts lately, mostly Mark's (and other moderators') posts and articles.  my first urge was to copy and paste, with a huge question mark at the end.......fought that urge.........won...........but one comment has kept me thinking......

...I have other (confidential) reasons to believe that there's more than just driving traffic to their business involved - they want to be active and noticable supporters of the site because they think this website is a valuable resource for all coffee lovers.

what other purpose is there for a sponsor to pay for an ad?
if they wanted our opinion about their business practices and products, couldn't have they just asked?
why pay the extra $$$ ?

i don't feel it's in bad taste to ask these questions.  and it's not that i doubt Mark's dedication to the specialty coffee industry, because i really don't.

but it seems that some people's tones about THE MAN have changed rather abruptly over the last few days, and i'd like to know why.

ps: still waiting on Jeanette's email reply about sponsorship......

dank.
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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 9:47am
Subject: Re: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

dankbean Said:

ps: still waiting on Jeanette's email reply about sponsorship......

dank.

Posted October 19, 2005 link

we don't need your business.....ya  trouble maker...hahahaha
yikes on the customer service...
they are busy man... going to weddings and releasng podcasts...and lots of behind the scene stuff...
y'know real HUSH HUSH

Hey we all wanted a ferrari at one point in our lives... it would be cool if Mark actually got one...hehehe
well.... you know what I mean....

As long as he doesn't treat us like idiots... when it comes to stuff like this.. I am cool with it...
cmon...if you call a spade a spade... who am I to disagree

 
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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 10:22am
Subject: Re: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

espressoDOM Said:

we don't need your business.....ya  trouble maker...hahahaha

Posted October 19, 2005 link

oh, like you have anything to do with it.  zip it. ;)

espressoDOM Said:

they are busy man...

Posted October 19, 2005 link

so am i, but i took the time to inquire.  about a month ago, if i remember correctly.
maybe i should have asked for the most expensive banner ad.

(ducking under the chair Mark just threw at me) dank

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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 11:02am
Subject: Re: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

Someone once said "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"
In Starbucs mind, this is a good way to read our pulse, and at the same time create a little good will...
I for one welcome them, and furthermore THANK THEM for helping to support this site......
I believe they are willing to listen to us....and improve
Freedom of choice gives me the option to go elsewhere for my out of home brew....as it does you.
My only caveat is their (S-bucs) propensity for setting up shop near indie cafe's...thus drawing away business from those not able to compete with the trappings and such that S-bucs offers....
Still. I hope that somehow, S-bucs participation with us not only keeps CG going, but also creates a give and take atmosphere of ideas that could be of benefit to all....color me the eternal optimist.....I think this is a coup for Jeannette.....
And.....what ever happened to  "freedom of speech?"
Starbucs deserves that much...

 
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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 11:16am
Subject: Re: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

How is Starbucks paying to put their mermaid on this site as an advertisement considered FREEDOM of SPEECH...

Please explain....

I thought the little bit of censoring going on here and there or the smackdown of those that don't agree would fall more in the line of FOS...

but

what do I know.... everything is behind the scenes... this could be this great thing that will make all our lives better .... or not ... doesn't bother me either way....

 
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Posted Wed Oct 19, 2005, 1:36pm
Subject: Re: October 19th Shoutout to those who bring you CoffeeGeek!
 

Folks, this is a thread that is meant to promote those who help bring this site to you. As such, I've deleted some posts, and to be frank, "J" can take his complaints elsewhere - I've banned his account. He has another CG account under a name that many would recognize more, so if he still wants to participate, he can use that one.

Again, I'm not going to tolerate any trash talking of any sponsor, no matter who they are.

Mark

 
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