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Posted Tue Jan 11, 2011, 11:03am
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Hello all,

Has anybody attended the Chicago Coffee Fest in years past?  

As I understand it, the Regional Barista square off will take place in conjunction with Coffee Fest, yet all I can ascertain about Coffee Fest is that it's an industry based event, not necessarily for the home enthusiast who might like to take in the Barista competition.

Do folks who don't work in the industry attend?  Is it worth the drive to Chicago for a home enthusiast?

Thanks for any insight...

Cheers,

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Posted Wed Jan 12, 2011, 8:54pm
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Mark,
I went a few years ago, and am probably going to go again.  It is definately a trade show, but very worthwhile to go to.  You can try out some machines, try some different espressos and see some cool products.  I bought a Scace device there, and tried out a GS3 for the first time.  I'll probably be driving down Saturday morning, and the traffic is usually not bad at all.  I presume its at the Navy Pier again, and there is parking right there.  To get in I had to provide the name of the coffee place that I represented--just used the name of a local shop.  I'm also a home espresso enthusiast.
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Posted Thu Jan 13, 2011, 7:05am
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Hi Rob, Mark,

I'm thinking that perhaps some of us could meet at the show.  It'd be great to reconnect.

Joel
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Posted Thu Jan 13, 2011, 7:17am
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Good morning rbh,

Thanks for the input.  I'm trying to convince wifey that a day on Navy Pier would be fun!  She agreed, until I told her what I was really up to...:)  

The drive to Navy Pier, like you said, is a breeze; however, I just didn't want to get down there and not be able to enjoy anything.

A couple more questions, if I might.  1.  Did you need to purchase tickets?  If so, do you know if you can do it at the door?  2.  You say you stated that you represented a coffee house (i.e. Alterra, or...).  Is that a mandatory thing to get in and, can one 'tell the best truth' in that situation?

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Posted Thu Jan 13, 2011, 9:07am
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I bought my ticket at the door, and had to fill out a form which included which business I worked at.  At the time I had a friend that had bought a cafe, and he said to put down the name of his business.  I seem to remember that it was not open to the general public, but there were other home enthusiasts there.  I am sure they would be happy to take your money.  This year I may be getting some free tickets.  If I have extra I will let you know.  My wife will probably be going with me.  You can always drop your wife off at Michigan Ave.
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Joel,
I should be there Saturday.  Let's definately meet up.
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Posted Thu Jan 13, 2011, 9:59am
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Thanks Rob,

Much appreciated...

Insofar as meeting up with you all, I was planning on Saturday as well...would be fun!

Let's keep in touch as the event nears and we could determine logistics, etc...

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Posted Thu Jan 13, 2011, 12:17pm
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Let's pick an area and time to meet.  I don't know if Jim and Sherman will see this, but as soon as we have details, I'll cross-post on home-barista.

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Posted Sun Jan 16, 2011, 5:05pm
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Does anyone know if the Barista Competition is apart of the Coffee Fest or is it separate? I have attended the Barista Competition the last 2 times it was in Milwaukee and it was open to the puplic.

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Posted Sun Jan 16, 2011, 5:19pm
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vrbsk1 Said:

Does anyone know if the Barista Competition is apart of the Coffee Fest or is it separate? I have attended the Barista Competition the last 2 times it was in Milwaukee and it was open to the puplic.

Brian

Posted January 16, 2011 link

Yes, the USBC North Central Regional is at the CoffeeFest.  Schedule is here: http://usbaristachampionship.org/?p=northcentral

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Posted Sun Jan 16, 2011, 5:41pm
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Coffeefest is a trade show, to get into the exhibit hall you will need some credentials but I am sure there are creative ways of acquiring these.

I went the last time it was in Chicago and I had an exceptionally good time.  Chicago is a great city and Navy Pier is a fantastic venue.  Riding the Farris Wheel during winter is also a worthwhile treat.

As for the Barista competition, it takes place outside of the exhibit hall and I think that anyone can watch.

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