CoffeeWars 4: Credits, Thanks, and Greets
At CoffeeWars, the most important thing is coffee. But the
second most important thing is paying respect to the many
individuals and groups who make CoffeeWars possible.
First and foremost, our thanks go out to:
- Dark Tangent, Black Beetle and the DefCon Staff:
Being an official event made a huge difference to us this
year, both in terms of the notice we got, and in terms of
essential matters like getting a table. Black Beetle was
great about getting back to us quickly on the subject of
being official, and DT (just like last year) was helpful
at the awards ceremony, and generous (our winner got a VIP
badge). The goons made sure we got our table. Thanks,
- The Alexis Park Staff: Once again, despite the
obvious strain of having a few thousand hackers running
around, the Alexis Park Staff went beyond the call of
duty. Although we were greeted with some suspicion at
first by the Food and Beverage Coordinator, once he checked
us out, he was very pleasant and supportive. More importantly,
when we ran low on judging forms, the front desk staff were
great: they quickly took a blank ballot and made us some
more copies. Thanks, Alexis Park!
And now, we introduce the staff:
- Alice: Coordinator of the judging process,
keeper of the Magic Sharpie marker, and all-around swell
person. Where would we have been without you?
- Etaoin Shrdlu: Master Brewer, chief judge,
and full of more attitude than you can shake a stick at.
Well... more attitude than you should
shake a stick at. I don't really know what happens if you
shake a stick at Shrdlu, and you probably shouldn't try.
- MadHat: Filling in wherever he was needed,
MadHat dealt with grounds, passed stuff around, and generally
provided a steady hand where others would have been too
- Dr. Vann Harl: Donated our awesome prize,
and brought some of the entries for those who could not
attend. Dr. Harl was also a judge.
- Foofus: Organizational stickler, statistician,
scribe, and spokesmodel. Too bad I don't have enough
caffiene tolerance to sample the full variety of entries.
Also, I would have been lost without the organizational
and logistical support of Sweetypig, who
helped with the banner, the acquisition of my entry, and
numerous other details.
- Tim: In addition to judging, Tim was the
official collector of forms (both entries and ballots).
Were it not for his methodical work, chaos would have
reigned when it came time to compile the results.
But wait, there's more-- there would be no results whatsoever without the
rest of the judges:
- Gurney: I swear this guy only
came for CoffeeWars-- I didn't see him again for the rest
of the con! That's hardcore, man.
- Grunch: What is a Grunch? It's an excellent
guy who has great taste in coffee, that's what! He also
contributed some nice photos.
- Cheshire Catalyst: This guy had easily the
best signature on the ballots, and he brought his own
elite green pen!
- Tweakt: Back for more, after his entry
tied last year.
A lot of people came with coffee entries, but we couldn't accept
them. There was just too much coffee this year, and the number
of contestants exceeded our capacity even before 10:00AM. We
were very sorry to have turned folks away-- it wasn't part of the
plan, and we'd like to take a moment to honor the would-be coffee
warriors whose entries couldn't get judged this time around.
- Cedric Stanton: This guy seems highly
knowledgeable about coffee, and donated a bag of
very inexpensive beans that he considers to be on
a par with far more expensive varieties.
- Amy: Brought a bag of Hawaiian Kona
back from the islands herself. Sorry we didn't
do a follow-up brewing, Amy-- it was a hectic
- Dillo from Team Roadknight: Brought
a Laotian coffee (the first I've ever seen).
- RGB: This guy is associated with a
small-batch artisan roaster up in the clean
mountain air. I bet his stuff-- a French Roast--
is very good, and I hope he returns next year
(Secret note to RGB: your bribe was great,
and I'd like to return the favor; e-mail me).
- Mike: Las Chives from New Mexico. I
didn't get a chance to talk much to Mike, but
I hope he returns for next year's festivities.
- Dr. Unix: It was a pity that we had
to forego this gentleman's Costa Rican Blue, air-roasted
in Kansas City. I suspect it would have been delicious
Apologies once again to all these Followers of the Bean, and an
extra round of apologies to those whose names we didn't catch (and
who therefore didn't get mentioned here).
Finally, we send out our coffee-soaked love to the following very fine
individuals whom we didn't see, for whatever reason:
- Rob Nielson: The founder of CoffeeWars
upheld his tradition of Not Showing Up. That's three
out of four that you've missed, Rob!
- This space intentionally left blank, for Rob to insert a
"Kiss my ass, Foofus" comment.
- Jay Dyson: Another CoffeeWars elder who
didn't make it this year. Dude: my bribe to you at
ToorCon was wasted!
- CHS: We missed you, man.
- Priest: Seriously, we would have given
you coffee, had you only stopped by. We will strive
to coordinate better next year. Also, if our plans
to expand the war go well, there will be more
opportunity. Still, it was good saying hi to you,
and good to see that you can walk again!
- Lucid: Dude, that's two years in a
row that you have flaked out on us. What's up
with that? :)
No doubt some folks have been overlooked. No dout also that some
great deeds have gone unmentioned. This is the sad and unintentional
byproduct of the huge and unexpected amount of enthusiasm and participation
we had this year. All I can say is that we were thrilled by the number
and variety of contributions and help we received at CoffeeWars 4, and we hope
to be better prepared to do them justice next year.
Thanks again, everyone.
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