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Posted Thu Jun 6, 2002, 11:00pm
Subject: Interview: North American Barista Champion by Mark Prince
 

Interview: North American Barista Champion
by Mark Prince

Mark Prince interviews Dismas Smith of Zoka's of Seattle, the N. American Barista champion, and N. American entry into this year's Worlds.
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Posted Fri Jun 7, 2002, 9:57pm
Subject: Mark, you pull
 

a good interview!
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Posted Sun Jun 9, 2002, 5:32pm
Subject: Wow! Only 3 years?!
 

That really gives we pathetic wannabes a lot of hope. I was under the impression that to get to Dismas' level you needed to be a seasoned Barista for decades.

I need to order some Zoka blend. Do they sell it green?
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Posted Mon Jun 10, 2002, 12:16am
Subject: 3 years and green
 

As far as I know, they don't sell their blends as green.

With regards to the 3 years thing, it is a short time, but you know what? One of the most gifted barista / espresso people I know, Aaron De Lazzer, has only been in this biz for 3 years as well. Makes you wonder where these guys will be in another 5 or so!
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2002, 1:49pm
Subject: WBC Update
 

Just to let you all know...We got word from Oslo this morning that Dismas placed sixth in the world! We are all very excited.  He will be back Monday afternoon and in the store working again on Tuesday...come by and congratulate him.

--Stephen from Zoka
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Posted Sat Jun 22, 2002, 8:08am
Subject: The Indian
 

The indian guy had only been working as a barista for 8 months and ended up at 3rd place! That takes quite a lot of talent and hard work
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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2002, 1:42pm
Subject: Zoka Green
 

I'm wondering if the Espresso Paladino blend is blended pre-roast or post-roast...and would also like to find out if it is available green if it is a pre-roast blend.
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Posted Mon Jul 15, 2002, 11:34am
Subject: YES - Paladino green
 

In response to my own question above - here is an email I received from Zoka:

Thank you for your inquiry! Our Paladino blend is available for home
roasters pre-blended. Simply go to our website, www.zokacoffee.com, find Paladino or any coffee you desire, and divide the price per pound in half.

That's your price, plus shipping. To calculate shipping go to UPS.com. Thank you! Neal V. Brown
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Posted Tue Jul 16, 2002, 5:05pm
Subject: Great Interview !
 

And a great Barista !!!  
Good work Mark and Dismas
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