Friday, September 22, 2006

Busy Weekend

Shoutouts today are in order to our new buddy Scott Lucey over at Alterra Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Scott was kind enough to send along a few of their "Barista Throwdown" t-shirts in a package that included a pound of their pride and joy Espresso Blend. While we haven't played with the coffee yet (probably tomorrow night) I gotta say, the t-shirts rock! I was excited to receive mine and will wear it with pride. Thanks Scott!

On another note, there's a lot going on this weekend. Up in Vancouver the Coffee & Tea Expo is kicking off in their convention center (centre?), while here in the States the SouthEast Regionals are kicking into high gear, sponsored in part by the fine folks at Counter Culture Coffee. While Nick Cho tries not to drop his glass bottle of milk, the Gimme crew are planning a day trip to Philadelphia to check out Chestnut Hill Coffee Company, operated by the esteemed and legendary, John Hornall. I have a sneaking suspicion that the man and legend himself will actually be in North Carolina this weekend, but it's the best chance that us Brooklynites will have to visit his new space. Word on the street is that MilkBoy Coffee is doing great things with their Counter Culture down there as well, and we just might have an opportunity to check them out too.

Good luck to all the competitors down in NC this weekend. Maybe we'll finally get our acts together to put on a similar event in the NorthEast this spring.

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