espro at SCAA's 24th annual event in portland, usa!

The Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) 24th Annual Exposition & Symposium is opening today 19th April and running through to Sunday in Portland, Oregon. The Espro team - Bruce, Chris, Lynore and Charlie - will be at booth #3095 in the exhibition hall Fri/Sat 11 am - 5:30 pm and Sun 11 am - 4:30 pm so please come and share some coffee with us!

We have proudly entered the new larger Espro™ Press into the Best New Product Competition. New for 2012, this People's Choice Award gives attendees of SCAA on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April the chance to VOTE FOR ESPRO! It's one thing to say we think the larger Espro™ Press brews the best coffee but it's quite another for others to say it's the best. We will be putting the Espro™ Press to work in our booth (#3095) and sharing some beautifully brewed coffee without the grit!

Also in our booth, you are welcome to step up to our play-station which features Espro™ calibrated tampers and toroid™ pitchers. Thanks to our good friends at Rancilio for supplying a grinder and espresso machine which no doubt will be going non-stop over the next few days. 

At the annual Exposition thousands of coffee professionals from more than 40 countries will converge at the Oregon Convention Center to focus on specialty coffee, learn about the latest innovational trends and products in the coffee marketplace, and engage with fellow industry professionals for the ultimate purpose of delivering a better experience for coffee drinkers.

At the SCAA’s 4th annual Symposium, held immediately prior to the Exposition April 18-19, 2012, executives and coffee professionals from around the world will convene to discuss and collectively address major issues around quality and sustainability.

Last year’s Event welcomed more than 8,000 coffee professionals and a show floor featuring more than 700 Exhibitor booths representing all things specialty coffee and tea, including: green and roasted specialty coffee, espresso machines and grinders, roasting equipment, brewing machines, coffee drinks and mixes, flavorings and syrups, chocolate and cocoa products, baked goods, and much more. 

Several annual competitions will also be taking place: the United States Barista Championship (USBC), US Brewers Cup, US Cup Tasters Championship, the Roasters Guild Coffees of the Year Competition (COTY) and Roasters Choice Competition. Top-tier baristas, roasters, coffee cuppers, and producers from around the world will compete for the coveted titles. Additional events include the Rainforest Alliance and International Women in Coffee breakfasts as well as award receptions recognizing industry excellence such as the Best New Product & Sustainability Awards, among others.


Bruce Constantine