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rasqual
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Posted Sat Feb 8, 2014, 8:23pm
Subject: Chicago: CoffeeCon 2014
 

Thread from last year.

This year it's actually being held in Chicago (not Warrenville). Outgrew that wonderful IBEW venue -- but a great new site this year.

And as with last year, I'm recruiting volunteer craft roasters to acquaint the public with home roasting.

Last year, the whole home-roasting pavilion was really popular -- especially the HGDB table. I think those unaware of home roasting are simply delighted to discover that you can take up such common components and get good coffee out of it. She allowed attendees to try a hand with the heat gun (oven-mits for safety; another safety requirement is a GFI breaker for devices).

We also had some retail roasting machines on hand. Basically, folks not averse to hacking got to see hot-rod poppers and dog bowls, and folks who might prefer something turn-key saw the commercial machines. Something for everyone -- and that's the point. It was a good mix of home roasting technologies.

Please read last year's link (above), and if you're interested in participating chime in. The principal thread to organize this is over at GCBC, but there's no reason not to mirror that here.

Beans will be provided for roasting (we went through nearly a bag last year, and I suspect we'll run out this year), but you can bring your own as well. Bags and labels will be provided to offer samples to attendees. This is a volunteer effort. Full disclosure: This will cost me money. This is about fun and educating the public.

The home roasters enjoyed each others' company last year -- when we had time at all to talk. Be advised, you'll be swamped. I forgot to bring any bottled water last year, and it was hours before I had a chance to go inside for some. But participants are under no obligation to stay with their gear; they can sign up for sessions like any other attendee and flee the pavilion as they wish -- perhaps leaving your gear in the care of another home roaster to demonstrate in your absence. Few people did that last year, though. We were too busy answering questions by people who treated us like celebrities.    ;-)

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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 1:39pm
Subject: Re: Chicago: CoffeeCon 2014
 

Did I miss the date???
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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 6:21pm
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April 12. More information at the web site.
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Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:13pm
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This seems like the only Coffee Conference in Chicago this year.  I went to coffee fest last year, this seems like it is aimed directly at the consumer of all levels.  Do you think it's interesting enough if you are only interested in specialty coffee?  Do you know if specialty coffee roasters attend?  Do they have equipment demonstrations for espresso and commercial roasting at all?
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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 4:02pm
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masonjer Said:

This seems like the only Coffee Conference in Chicago this year.  I went to coffee fest last year, this seems like it is aimed directly at the consumer of all levels.  Do you think it's interesting enough if you are only interested in specialty coffee?  Do you know if specialty coffee roasters attend?  Do they have equipment demonstrations for espresso and commercial roasting at all?

Posted February 19, 2014 link

It's VERY interesting to consumers. Yes, specialty coffee roasters attend as exhibitors. There are no commercial roasting demos (as of yet), and although espresso has a footprint (Jim Schulman will again be doing a dead serious espresso session), that's still a growth area for CoffeeCon. The target audience is folks for whom literacy in specialty coffee may be relatively low. Having said that, coffee geeks I know personally have immensely enjoyed the show. There really is something for everyone. That's what make it work as a place where people can network outside their area of expertise.

Vendor confidence in the ongoing viability of the show is strong, and getting stronger.

It doesn't hurt that CoffeeCon will also be held in three additional cities around the country this year.

Meanwhile, I'm still recruiting volunteers. And I'll be recruiting for other cities as well.  :-)
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Posted Thu Feb 27, 2014, 9:27am
Subject: Re: Chicago: CoffeeCon 2014
 

The home roasting patio was one of the most inspiring events of my coffee life. So much passion. One tie-dyed lady travelled from Iowa and was dog bowl/heat gun roasting all day in the sun. She was totally geeked to share her process with so many like-minded people. Her enthusiasm was highly contagious.

I enjoyed CoffeeCon more than I've ever enjoyed SCAA or CoffeeFest. A lot more. So much fun, and no negativity in the crowd. I highly recommend traveling to this event - indeed, I can't wait to return.
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Posted Thu Apr 10, 2014, 5:03pm
Subject: Re: Chicago: CoffeeCon 2014
 

Two days away!

If you're coming, be sure to visit the home roasters in the tent by the entrance ramp. Sit a spell. Kick yore shoes off.   :-)
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