"Espresso! My Espresso!"
An Ongoing Internet Novelette
by Randy Glass - Copyright 2022 - All rights reserved
E-mail me at EspressoMyEspresso@gmail.com
All Quiet On This Front
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Saturday, August 6, 2022
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| It has been some time since I have posted any reviews or details about new devices related to coffee. My past reviews have been proven to be helpful not only to “high end” enthusiasts but also to folks who just like coffee. While you can count on less than one hand reviews which were negative (I think there were two), there have been many reviews which have assisted users in finding exactly what they needed and which also have helped businesses be more successful. An early review of mine for Espro was their first “official” review. My review of “The Force Tamper” has helped a lot of folks decide to get one. Dare I mention being credited by the consul for the SCAA that Hottop would not have gotten a start here if not for me.
So why no new reviews here for over the last few years?
My coffee journey started in late 2000 as you are likely aware. I attended my first SCAA show in 2002 in Anaheim. For the next sixteen years I attended a total of thirteen exhibitions. Quite a few were as a media representative and number of them in dual capacity as media and as a representative of Hottop USA working in the Hottop booth. It gave me the opportunity to meet so many of the Hottop users I had assisted in my role there, and also the liberty to walk the floor with a media badge so that I could see what was new and get leads on items to review. The shows I attended:
In 2018 I lost my home to a wildland fire and it took some time to recover to the point before I could even think about attending. But in 2019 I contacted a friend we lovingly refer to as my “coffee wife” (A coffee enthusiast whose enthusiasm makes me look like a Folger's drinker) and it was decided my friend would cover the show for me as I was living in an RV trying to reassemble my life.I gave her permission to register under the name of my webtie, etc. (or maybe did the registration myself- can't remember). This was received by her:
Dear C*** G***** [I removed the name here]:
My name is Randy Glass. Since late 2000 I have maintained a non-commercial, enthusiasts' website www.EspressoMyEspresso. During those nineteen years I have covered thirteen SCAA/SCA exhibitions, and many of the reviews of those exhibitions are still available in the blog portion of my website.
To whom it may concern, I am at a loss as to why I have not yet received an answer to my original message. The request I sent you asking for a reason why the media reporter I chose to represent my website and myself at the 2020 Portland SCA exhibition remains unanswered.Here is the response I received:
As a newspaper owner in the past (creating a print newspaper for a good 12 or 13 years) I am not seen as media by the SCA. Even though my reviews are lauded as being among the most thorough and objective on the Internet, I am not media. Even though all my information online is presented without advertising, without the need to log in, and with nothing for sale (except one poster I created which doesn't sell much anyway), and have been doing it for nearly 22 years, my presence as media is no longer needed.
And, sure. I could go as 'an attendee,' but without the official SCA media pass I could not present myself as such to exhibitors with any weight in terms of my presence in the industry.
So unless companies who what their items reviewed here contact me directly, the likelihood of seeing more reviews here on ”Espresso! My Espresso!” are unlikely. Maybe if I offered free monthly advertising to the SCA on my website I would qualify as media in their eyes? Good luck! Before that happens I would delete this entire website and move on with my life (yes, I do have a life outside of coffee).
I will miss the shows. Yes, I am an enthusiast but also a coffee professional as well as a teacher, not to mention the owner of 'a real media.' Those facets of my life combine to have formed the jewel that is this website and all it holds. But more than that, I will miss all the wonderful people I have met along the way. These exhibitions were the only place I could see them in 'full reality, real life, 3D.'
Just thought my readers would like to know.
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