Coffee Wars vi: Credits
Each year, we want to recognize the people who make CoffeeWars possible.
Each year, I am sure we fail to give credit to someone who contributed,
but we think it's important to try nevertheless. The basic groups are
the staff, the judges, and the contestants, but there are a few others
as well, and we hope we do them justice here.
The staff is actually now enumerated on its own wide
web page, so we won't spend a lot of extra time singing their
praises here. Staff who were present (and who were not also judges)
should probably be mentioned, though, just so we can preserve a record
of who actually participated in the event itself: MadHat, Sweetypig, and
The judges, obviously, are the folks who actually taste and rate the
coffee. For one morning out of each year, they selflessly dedicate
themselves to providing impartial and accurate decisions about which
brew is truly the finest, and we honor them for their willingness to
sacrifice their nerves and gastric linings in the name of superior
coffee. We had six judges this year, and that seems to be a pretty
- Etaoin Shrdlu: More than just a judge,
Shrdlu is custodian of the brewing gear, a key
organizer of the event, donor of the prize this year,
and the only person authorized actually to make the
- Gurney Halleck: Another perennial
member of the staff, the mysterious Gurney emerges
once a year to quaff the brews of DefCon, but then
vanishes and I never see him for the rest of the
con. Probably off playing the baliset, I guess.
- Joshua "Lucid" Fritsch: It used to be
that Josh would tell everyone that he'd be there,
but then not show up. This year, he said nothing,
but nevertheless he arrived. Good show, man!
- Greg, Friend of Josh: He's just this
guy. I don't really know him, but he took his
judging duties seriously.
- Dr. Vann Harl: This year's champion,
donor of the prize in prior years, and hardened
coffee enthusiast. After the tasting had ended,
and the staff had consumed 3.5 gallons of coffee,
Dr. Vann Harl suggested brewing some more, just
for enjoyment. We salute this amazing level of
- Dog: Dog has been an essential element
of CoffeeWars for years, not only as a sometime judge and
constant friend of the contest, but also as the provider of
transport for Shrdlu and the gear. He's a tricky
one, though. :)
Other Important Folks That We Honor
The following people, though they are neither staff nor judges, play
an invaluable role in CoffeeWars:
It may look easy, but putting on a CoffeeWar takes serious effort. I've
tried to give those involved the credit they are due, but there's always
the chance that through ignorance of some deed or simply by forgetting,
I have omitted an important player. If this is the case, I apologize: let
me know, so the unintended slight can be corrected.
- DefCon Staff: Dark Tangent, Black Beetle, Russ,
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. Usually we at least get to give them some coffee, but
this year, none of them stopped by to have any, so we'll
have to settle for just saying 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. They also let us hang our awesome banner proudly on
the wall. Thanks!
- Jay Dyson: Even though he hasn't been physically
present for the last four 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.
- Alice: Like Jay, Alice has played a key part
in many a Coffee War. We missed her this year, too, and we wish
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