Rich Westerfield wrote:While I still think there are more important messages to be aired than the competitions (as far as reaching out to consumers)...
"Congratulations. I'm very proud of you. Your Father,"
"muchisimas felicidades! i had smile on my face the hole time, this was great!"
"Felicidades Salvador. I am so proud to watch you competing at the WBC Tokyo. The signature drink looks amazing.
All the competitors of Mexico should be very proud to have you representing your country."
You did fantastically well!You definitely looked like a PRO,I'm glad You had the chance to perform internationally!"
"you are an example to follow to all mexicans that are driven by love an passion to its craft"
Weldone John. We are proud of you and the wonderful performance you gave in Japan.
Rich Westerfield wrote:Nicky Nick,
Zachary can obviously speak for himself and he can do so very articulately and passionately as shown directly above.
Go get some sleep. You seem a bit testy.
roger wrote:Nice work on the coverage. For us industry geeks that couldn't make the trip this is the next best thing. Thanks!
I am I the only one who is cracked up by the fact that the timer is counting by the hundredth of a second? Maybe they are anticipating a photo finish?
bz wrote:no scandinavians?!
onocoffee wrote:Those who know me know that I'm unafraid to comment and offer critique on just about any subject. And while I too was a bit skeptical at first about ZZ.coms' call for donations, especially since I think it should have been the SCAA to pick up their tab, all I know now is what I've seen.
I've spent the past two days on the WBC Stage as a volunteer doing station setup and maintenance, with the occasional technical problem or seizure to deal with. While I've been busy doing what I needed to do, every once in a while I would look up and across the audience to see the ZZ.com crew on their computers and shooting video.
In a nutshell, Zachary and Katie have been working very very hard to deliver the coverage you've either read or watched on the Internet.
Before I left for Japan, I thought that it might be a waste of time and effort. The SCAA/WBC has been uninterested in delivering any sort of effectual coverage or information about the competitions and while they've paid a group to do some sort of documentary on the event, that release is weeks or months away. Zachary and Katie are delivering coverage now.
In addition to working the stage, I've spent quite a bit of time with a number of competitors - all of whom are here on their own and maybe with one or two other people. These are national competitors who don't have the financial or physical support of the obvious teams. Some, like the Ethiopian Champion are here completely alone and without any support from home.
This time has reminded me that these are the baristas why we are volunteering our efforts. These are the competitors with heart who are putting it all on the line in the face of barista giants like Iceland and Norway.
If you take the time to read the comments for each competitor video on ZZ.com you'll see messages of support and goodwill from all over - from their friends, families and customers to Japanese nationals, WBC attendees and the Internet faithful.
The ZZ.com coverage has become bigger that the WBC itself in that it's bringing together an entire planet of people in support of the baristas.
And, to my mind, that makes it all worthwhile.
To Katie and Zach - keep it up. The reach you've provided is beyond anyone's expectations.
onocoffee wrote:To Katie and Zach - keep it up. The reach you've provided is beyond anyone's expectations.
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