I need to travel more. To different places. But in the meantime, I am happy to make many more trips to Atlanta. There are great folks there and it seems each time I go I meet more wonderful people.
On the way back to Tallahassee we decided to stop in at Flip Burger (where we saw Top Chef Richard Blais) and then shot Jason Dominy a quick text to see if he wanted a quick cup of coffee. That guy is a tricky fella, so after meeting him at the roastery he quickly persuaded us that staying for the Manual Brewing Battle was a really great idea. And he was right. What a great event. The roasteries in both Atlanta and Olympia competed simultaneously via Skype. In Atlanta alone there were 18 competitors.
It was great being there in that environment. It is so encouraging to see so many people coming together to simply have fun with coffee. There were people from numerous coffee shops and even a Facilities Manager from Starbucks present. And as is usually the case with Jason, we took time to introduce ourselves, so that it was not just a room full of people, but a community gathering, where we got to meet new people and make new friends. I had a great time with Rusty from Bunn tasting coffee out of the Trifecta and chatting with Ren, Dan, Ben, Sean and Cody.
To top it off when I arrived home I found a mailbox full of coffee!