What is your favorite part of coffeefest? Which is the best?

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Getting to know more people on a deeper level, because it's smaller. I also love that I can kinda kick back and enjoy most of it! Plus the Millrock Latte Art competition is cool.
I love the passion you find in abundence there. Sharing in it is like refueling before heading back to the daily grind. My only question, why every other year? Two years between the refueling, the passion, the conecting, the coffee...mmmm coffee... the wait is too long I say! I can't wait til Feb.
Some of those I've trained in my cafe (the one I work in, not own) are already laughing at me because I smile and get giddy (for lack of a better word) when coffee fest is mentioned.
I've already warned them what I'll be like when I get back. :)

Cherie
Coffee Fest what's not to get excited about. Getting together with friends from all over, many I only see during Coffee Fest. It's an opportunity to share notes and taste, sample and experience the wonderful world of espresso. I leave rejuvinated and re-excited.

Living and having my store here in Washington - 60 or so miles south of Seattle in Olympia - I attend in Seattle though I am planning to visit Coffee Fest outside of Washington to compare Seattle's espresso experience with that of other cities.
Cherie,
Every other year, where have I been. Actually buried in my first year open. Aside from that, every other year. Matt, we need to do something about this. Seattle is / was? the coffee capital of the US. no?

Cherie said:
I love the passion you find in abundence there. Sharing in it is like refueling before heading back to the daily grind. My only question, why every other year? Two years between the refueling, the passion, the conecting, the coffee...mmmm coffee... the wait is too long I say! I can't wait til Feb.
Some of those I've trained in my cafe (the one I work in, not own) are already laughing at me because I smile and get giddy (for lack of a better word) when coffee fest is mentioned.
I've already warned them what I'll be like when I get back. :)

Cherie
Just being there with all the coffee folks, and the passion abounds. Seattle is my favorite Wa. city in the west. I could go on but I'm already jonesing for the next.
I really like meeting up with other roasters and sampling their spro...I like to compare what they are serving, which is without a doubt their best stuff, and comparing it to my own. I've had some very good epsresso pulled and sampled at DC and Chicago fests...those are the only ones I've been fortunate enough to attend.

Tasting my first Clover cup of Joe.

Tasting my first Vac pot brew.

Meeting folks from Cafe Pronto...SUPER FOLKS!

Checking out the Ambex Roasters.

Watching the barista comps.

Dinning out at some "out of the way" place recommended by the locals...priceless!
One of my favorite things is the Pacific Natural Foods Top Cup Challenge! Its a really fun, laid back event that takes place during the show on Friday and Saturday. Anyone is welcome to sign up for it! Its a great time and you can win cash prizes, up to $600! Let me know if you want an application or you can go to the website and download it there! http://www.pacificfoods.com/foodservice/whats-new-fs/top-cup-challenge

Hopefully we see some of you at the booth!

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