The 2017 Global Coffee Expo has come and gone, shimmering bright like a magical diamond, then fading out like a golden sunset. All that's left are the memories.
We covered the coffee competitions. We dug into the important panels and showfloor gear debuts. But while we at Sprudge strive to maintain our status as a Very Serious Publication, we do also, from time to time, like to get a little weird, and events like SCA (pronounced “schwa”) afford us the magical opportunity to do so with 20,000+ of our closest friends.
Take, for example, our giant anthropomorphic coffee beans, Buzzy and Spesh, who delighted the children and brought joy to the crowds at North America's biggest coffee expo.
Is it morbid to watch a giant coffee bean brew its bean'd brethren? To dose, tamp, and pull his countrymen into a problematic slurry of suspended solids and liquids? Yes. But it is also funny, possibly.
Ay, but what of the humans of SCA 2017? Their hopes, their dreams, their fashionable finery? In a tradition that dates all the back to 2010 (plz click link), Sprudge is your exclusive qualified home for fashion coverage from the showfloor at SCA(A). This year's dynamic duo of Eric J. Grimm (on-screen talent, identity crisis) and Lanny Huang (filmographic implementation) take you deep into the many looks and accessories of this year's event. This isn't some ghastly convention center in Seattle: this is the Fashion District, darling, and your fifteen minutes start now.
Speaking of on-camera talent, you've probably heard of TruTV's much-lauded Billy On The Street series starring Billy Eichner. But here's a new loud-mouth surprise game show shock artist on the scene and he's stealing Billy's bit and taking his schtick. It's Eric J. Grimm! Buzzy the Bean guest stars on the first episode of Eric On The Floor, and together they charm and delight a panoply of SCA Global Coffee Expo guests.
Just look at at this sampling of surprise cameos…
It's Jenna Gotthelf of Everyman Espresso!
This guy! [If you are this guy, get in touch and we will update the post]
Ken Olsen, publisher of Barista Magazine!
Check out the whole first* episode here:
* The ‘Eric On The Floor' show has been put on hiatus for retooling.