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Day 0 from SCAA 2004 Atlanta
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: April 22, 2004
Article rating: 9.6
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Pit stop break
Posted by Mark Prince, 6:50am Permalink to this blog entry

The show isn't even open yet, and I'm already sweaty and rushed. :) Spent some time walking the floor with Vince from Caffe Artigiano - I have to do a feature story on his shop for this year's Fresh Cup Coffee Almanac, and I was drilling him for some questions about where I'm going with the story.

I dropped in briefly on one of the Friday Intensives - Brewing Diversity, Coffee Styles from around the world. I love that kind of stuff, and I'm heading back in there and will post another update with some pictures very soon. Then it' off to a cupping class, and another update from there.

The show's already busy, and the floor doesn't even open until tomorrow. In the back room from the Barista competition, things are getting tense as Baristi are working hard to cram in a last few minutes' of testing before getting out before the public. Phong Tran and Billy Wilson were manning two warmup machines in the prep room when I was in there. Billy's technique is so intense and in tune, but Phong's technique is polished and almost elegant. It's very cool to see the diversity from both. I have photos, and they'll be going up on the next update - I left my compact flash card reader at the hotel room and have to go back and get it.

As an observation, the Barista competition is really maturing well. I think the crop of current judges is stellar, and the skill level amongst the competitors is extremely high overall. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this year's champions.

Article rating: 9.6
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: April 22, 2004
feedback: (21) comments | read | write
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