The Road to The U.S. Coffee Championships
Author | groundwork coffee Date | February 22, 2015
Sitting in traffic on a long drive “crosstown,” as much a part of living in Los Angeles as it is, is never fun. What makes the waiting worthwhile is the destination. As a child, on the way to Disneyland, languishing on the I-5 and having received many “final warnings” about asking, “Are we there yet?” I learned to find familiar landmarks. During the drive to “The Happiest Place On Earth,” for me, the Nabisco building was the first telltale sign that we were getting close. Of course, seeing the glorious top of the Matterhorn ride peaking over a billboard or building told me that good times were just around the corner.
Driving to Long Beach for the US Coffee Championships, where I participate as a judge and, this time around, am training to be a Head Judge, I experienced a similar feeling. After all, it isn’t every day when I can definitively say that each cup of coffee I’m going to sip will be different degrees of really good to great. Today, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a few actually had rainbows emanating from them.
As I drove up to the Long Beach Arena, I didn’t look for a landmark like the Nabisco building, but I certainly had a Pavlovian response to seeing this sign as I walked on for Judge’s Calibration...