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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2002, 12:00am
Subject: When Pros and Amateurs Collide! by Guest Author
 

When Pros and Amateurs Collide!
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Something neat is happening in professional coffee: Pros are starting to take notice of the advanced amateur out there. Read about the first annual Intelligentsia Meet.
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2002, 6:26pm
Subject: Excellent Article !!
 

Jim..This was a great article!  As a relative newcomer I was reluctant to go to this event and work demands made the decision for me.  I read about this in alt.coffee and this accompanying article closes the loop for me!  I hope you write many more articles of this caliber!

George W.
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2002, 7:19pm
Subject: Just like it was!
 

Thanks, Jim, for taking the time to write such an apt description of the event.  It brings back the memory of what was a terrific day.

Also, kudos to Bearhear for the great photos!  

Joel
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2002, 7:47pm
Subject: A lovely memoir of an excellent meeting
 

Thank you to Jim and to Bearhair for recapturing a very special day. Excellent article, this, that reflects the excellence of the experience at Intelligentsia.

Madeleine
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2002, 8:39pm
Subject: *Excellent Article*
 

As George W said 3 comments previously,excellent article!! On a 1 out of 10 rating, this is an 11!  Excellent photos &work from Bearhair & Jim,30 in total & seeing these pictures makes me wish I could have attended.Cheers,Craig {;-)
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Posted Mon Jun 24, 2002, 9:38am
Subject: I agree...
 

...with the above comments. Jim, this was an excellent article about an event I wish I could have attended. Thanks!
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Posted Mon Jun 24, 2002, 9:59pm
Subject: Terrific article!
 

Thanks!
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Posted Wed Jun 26, 2002, 12:10pm
Subject: Wonderful!
 

What a thoroughly complete and wonderful effort!!  I almost coulda been there with some of those great descriptions and pix to fuel my imagination....

Thanks!!
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2002, 11:11am
Subject: Thanks to readers
 

Thank you for the nice comments.

Bearhair worked hard on the pics, and I on the article hoping that other roasters in every town will be inspired to put on events like this.

There may be a reprint in the SCAA newspaper, so the word's getting out.

Jim
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Posted Wed Jul 3, 2002, 1:00pm
Subject: Times changing in Chicago?
 

Great article.  I've been in Chicago for 6 years now having moved from Seattle.  I am a huge supporter of Espresso Vivace (and David Schomer) and still get my beans from there.

I visit Intelligentsia a few times each year just to check out what the "state of the art" is in Chicago.  I have alwys been a bit underwhelmed.  Great potential, but very inconsistant.  The first thing I noticed was that the baristas don't tamp the grounds properly.  They don't even use a handheld tamper!  Only the one mounted to the grinder.  How could they ever make consistanly good coffee?

Your article mentions David Schomer from Vivace and his "style" of blowing espresso.  Have the folks at Intelligentsia seen the light?  Do they now focus on tamping?
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