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WBC FINALISTS

Postby nick on Sat May 20, 2006 7:23 am

Iceland
Sweden
Canada
Denmark
UK
USA

holy shit... intensity in ten cities!!!
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Postby Mark Prince on Sat May 20, 2006 7:30 am

Fukin' nick. beat me with his stupid pocket pc.

So, here's the other scoop

Judges:

Australia
US
US
Dennmark
UK
New Zealand.

Balls to the wall move by Fritz and Justin to go with the BEST judges instead of worrying about conflicts.

Rock on guys.

GO SAMMY!

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Postby Mark Prince on Sat May 20, 2006 7:47 am

BTW...

Nick's all about the low-effort posting. :-D Me, I bring you some Flickr Love, straight from the announcing hall

Enjoy!

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Postby Sandy on Sat May 20, 2006 8:06 am

USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!


Go Riddla!


GO USA! WHOOOO!!!!


If I could only be there to throw out clappers to the audience.....

sigh
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Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Sat May 20, 2006 8:11 am

speaking of usa, is riddle actually an 'on the bar' barista, or just an internet guy?
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Postby Steve on Sat May 20, 2006 8:32 am

Go UK you the man James !!!!!!
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Postby Jim Saborio on Sat May 20, 2006 9:37 am

jimmyo wrote:is riddle actually an 'on the bar' barista, or just an internet guy?


I've heard a lot of concerns about this, but really don't his accomplishments speak for themselves?

Matt won the US nationals. Even if he's not 'on the bar' with any regularity the guy is our best.

-JIm
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...aaannndd the Starbucks down the street just got a Clover
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Postby nick on Sat May 20, 2006 9:56 am

wanna know how much I wanna respond to this? i'm having dinner this second with the alleged "internet guy."

Matt was a full-time bar barista for a year and a half, before joining the Intelly training team another year, before becoming the graphic designer... all the while continuing to "do coffee" and train for competition.

I plan to record the audio of the finals (every competitor) for the pf podcast. stay tuned!
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GO SAMMY

Postby Lindsay Parker on Sat May 20, 2006 11:39 am

GO SAMMY!!! Its all great fun here!! Tomorrow is going to be great, the best made it to the finals.
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Postby Steve on Sat May 20, 2006 2:09 pm

jimmyo wrote:
is riddle actually an 'on the bar' barista, or just an internet guy?


In regards to Matt being an internet guy, if he is I'd love to see your barista's, as he performed perfectly today, and is a perfect ambassador for your association, and your country. Can't believe how disrespectful that is towards the USBC champion who has placed in the finals
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Postby Robert Goble on Sat May 20, 2006 3:28 pm

Steve wrote:
jimmyo wrote:
is riddle actually an 'on the bar' barista, or just an internet guy?


In regards to Matt being an internet guy, if he is I'd love to see your barista's, as he performed perfectly today, and is a perfect ambassador for your association, and your country. Can't believe how disrespectful that is towards the USBC champion who has placed in the finals


I would say that making a distinction or differentiating between a wage earning barista, and a dedicated training/competition barista is no disrespect to either. Kudos to any and all who excel in their particular niche or domain. Well done to all 6 finalists.
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Postby geir oglend on Sat May 20, 2006 3:46 pm

John S. Mark P. Sammy, I'd love it if one of you could bring me back a BERN/LM lanyard please.
Go Canada Go...
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Postby xristrettox on Sat May 20, 2006 3:50 pm

Way to fuckin rock it Matt!!!!

So, USA 1st, Canada 2nd?
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Postby Robert Goble on Sat May 20, 2006 3:52 pm

Rumour has it that there's a loonie hidden somewhere in the innards of each competition machine! Things re looking good.
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Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Sat May 20, 2006 4:45 pm

Holy shit, talk about a tough crowd!! Perhaps I should have put a smiley winkey face after the sentence?

As in:

Is riddle actually an 'on the bar' barista, or just an internet guy? :wink:

The point was, does he still work on the bar?
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Postby Sandy on Sat May 20, 2006 5:58 pm

xristrettox wrote:
So, USA 1st, Canada 2nd?



Freakin' YEAH!!!!


GO USA!!! GO USA!!! GO USA!!!
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Postby geir oglend on Sat May 20, 2006 6:44 pm

Just bring the trophy home to North America! And then we can fight for it over here! :wink:
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Jimmy, everybody is a little up-tight right now!
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Postby xristrettox on Sat May 20, 2006 7:13 pm

geir wrote:Just bring the trophy home to North America! And then we can fight for it over here!


Ya konw Geir, I like your attitude. I've known Sammy for most of my coffee career, and it's rought cause I have conflicting interests. I want Sammy to win because he's a personal friend, but I want Matt to win for obvious reasons.

So, here's the solution... Go North America!!!
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Postby Richard Hartnell on Sat May 20, 2006 7:26 pm

xristrettox wrote:
geir wrote:Just bring the trophy home to North America! And then we can fight for it over here!


Ya konw Geir, I like your attitude. I've known Sammy for most of my coffee career, and it's rought cause I have conflicting interests. I want Sammy to win because he's a personal friend, but I want Matt to win for obvious reasons.

So, here's the solution... Go North America!!!


Funny, it's the opposite for me; Vancouver's closer to my heart than Chicago (being only 60 miles away or so), but Matt Riddle is personally responsible for fostering much of my newbie-coffee-lust when I was just a wee new-hire.

But yeah, w00t for the North America cheer! 'Sides, this close to the border it's all the same anyway. ;)
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Postby bz on Sat May 20, 2006 8:13 pm

this would make the first time that either the u.s. or the u.k. has made the finals, no? (at least in the, er, 'modern era.')

cheers to both of 'em.
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Postby nick on Sat May 20, 2006 8:14 pm

Steve wrote:In regards to Matt being an internet guy, if he is I'd love to see your barista's, as he performed perfectly today, and is a perfect ambassador for your association, and your country. Can't believe how disrespectful that is towards the USBC champion who has placed in the finals

Steve, FYI, "JimmyO" is a Canadian... just wanted to make sure you knew, cuz with all of the drama of the recent weeks, don't need any more "US vs. US" sort of talk. :wink:
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Postby malachi on Sat May 20, 2006 8:17 pm

very cool about the judges.
about time.

predictions:

Denmark
UK
Canada
USA
Iceland
Sweden
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Postby bz on Sat May 20, 2006 8:23 pm

tacy:

curious: why so high on hoffmann? (not that it's unwarranted)
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Postby Stephen Morrissey on Sat May 20, 2006 11:51 pm

I think Hoffman could grab 1st, though I do think, (with respect) it sounds like Klaus is the one to beat. Then again, I hear Sweden was excellent and that Sammy is just ridiculously polished. (I haven't seen or heard much about Riddle sorry)But sure,at the end of the day, aren't they all winners. :?

How lucky to be those judges though, and know that you're about to taste some of the best espresso ever made. I can assume that much yeah?

What time will we know?
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Postby Mark Prince on Sun May 21, 2006 3:53 am

James was simply awesome today.

Out of all the competitors, he was the one with the "this is just a cool day to be alive" look in his face while competiting. After he was done, he said to me "this is one of the greatest days of my life".

Awesome guy. I have some audio of him.

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