Coffee Wars 5: Credits
On this page, we endeavor to do justice to the folks who make CoffeeWars
possible. There are a lot of them: staff, judges, participants, and others
who help out. Without any of these groups, it's unlikely that there could
be a decent Coffee War, and we want to thank them all. By name, where possible.
So here we go!
There's no official designation of Coffee Wars staff. It's really just a
loose affiliation of people who either assist with the event (and are not
judges) or who are judges, but go way beyond just assisting with the event.
- Shrdlu: Etaoin Shrdlu is the most instrumental force
in the production of Coffee Wars. Shrdlu does all the brewing, for
example. But beyond that, Shrdlu's involvement includes the
acquisition of the shirts, custody and transport of the contest
equipment, and overall enforcer.
- Alice: Like Shrdlu, Alice plays a number of roles.
This year, as always, she assisted in Making Things Go Smoothly,
whether this involved managing the grinding and brewing order of
operations, helping to set up, or simply containing the violent
Shrdlu until enough caffiene had been consumed.
- Madhat: What all can we say about Madhat? He's
the maintainer of the web site, our primary liason with the goon
staff, and a key part of CoffeeWars operations.
- Griffjon: Graphic artist and friend of the
contest. He wasn't present this year, because he was TOO BUSY
living in FREAKING JAMAICA where good coffee grows on... well,
let's just say they've got some around.
- Foofus: Foofus does most of the paperwork (forms,
scoring, and propaganda), and co-sponsored the shirts.
The judges are the judgmental group of people who did the judging, using
their judgment. Patiently and with great care, they completed their ballot
forms, and that's how we got our scores. These people put their nervous,
circulatory, and renal systems on the line for all of us, in the name of
determining which coffee is best.
- Shrdlu: Shrdlu is head of the judging staff, in
addition to all the fabulous stuff noted above.
- Dr. Vann Harl: In addition to offering his
capable services as a judge, Dr. Vann Harl once again donated the
elegant and valuable grand prize. Thanks, man!
- Gurney Halleck: Once again, Gurney made time
away from his job with the Atreides to be a judge. I swear, that
guy would fight his way through a legion of Sardaukar to get some
- Tim: In addition to passing judgment, Tim
had the foresight to bring with him a really good knife, which
came in handy at least a half dozen times.
- Tweakt: CoffeeWars will forever have a soft
spot in its plapitating heart for Tweakt, for he was one of the
only two contestants in CoffeeWars 3.
- Lucid: After... how many years was it? After
a number of Coffee War plans to be there and help out, somehow
Lucid made it this year. And he judged!
- Rob: Holy crap. Rob Nielsen. One of the
original thinker-uppers of CoffeeWars. Having blown us off
for a couple years (including a brief visit via cell phone
during CoffeeWars IV), .
Other Important Folks That We Honor
The person who actually drove the car for the CoffeeWars gear, and who
brought us our brewing water, is not mentioned by name. But obviously,
these were important contributions.
Despite its seemingly limited scope and apparent simplicity staging a
Coffee War is a complex and demanding task. Given the number of people
involved, and the mental limits under which I labor, it's possible that
some key person's contribution has gone unnoticed. If that's the case,
I can say only that the omission was unintentional, and that we sincerely
apologize. Let us know of the error, and we'll do what we can to correct
- DefCon Staff: Dark Tangent, Black Beetle, Russ,
Pyro, and other goons. They made us an official event, got us
table space, put us in the program, donated the elite black
badge awarded to our winner, and generally smoothed the way
for us. Thank you.
- Alexis Park Staff: Every year, these folks come
through for us, above and beyond the call of duty. This year's
urgent need was for a large garbage can with a liner, and (as
they've always done in the past) Alexis Park staff delivered
the goods. Thanks!
- Jay Dyson: Even though he hasn't been physically
present for the last three CoffeeWars, the contest carries a
bit of Jay Dyson's spirit every year. We miss you, man, and
we are thinking good thoughts for you: be well.
- Sweetypig: Without the help of Sweetypig, Foofus
would be lost. Also, he wouldn't have been able to enter any
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