Field Trip: Gail & Kat Take on the SCAA Main Event

No, there weren’t any wrestlers present, but there was a high concentration of coffee related ninjas on the floor. Last week, we were lucky enough to head down to Anaheim, CA, for the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Main Event, which is a specialty coffee industry educational and trade show that covers everything from coffee growers to roasters to equipment suppliers to mad skilled baristas. This year, it also hosted the United States Barista Championship — with Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia defending and re-securing his title. He’ll be heading out to compete with the rest of the national barista champs from around the world at the SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe) event this summer in the UK.

But back to the show. We attended a few different lectures, talked with many of our vendors on the trade show floor, watched Midwest Barista Champ Mike Marquard compete in the USBC semi-finals and even headed to a little partay that Intelligentsia, La Marzocco and Espressi (makers of the MyPressi TWIST) were throwing at Intelligentsia’s roastery in L.A. Yes, Grammy got her groove on.

In this video, Gail talks to us about what she learned from the lectures we attended, discusses some new products we saw  and even shares with us her new love for TWIST-inspired cocktails.

2 thoughts on “Field Trip: Gail & Kat Take on the SCAA Main Event”

  1. Gail,

    I just started searching for a new burr grinder for my wife for mother’s day and the one that my coworker highly recommended is the Breville Smart Grinder. She said that it is very fast and the coffee is very good. To test it she ground me some and I brought it home and I thought that it was good, but not as good as starbucks coffee. I don’t know.. These things are so expensive that I am worried about making the purchase without someone like you who really knows her stuff to recommend one. Also, not to mention, I am on a budget so thing too expensive would be considered regardless of quality.

    When you have time, would you please let me know what you think of it as a coffee grinder? as an expresso maker? And what settings do you think are the best for the best cup of coffee?

    Thanks for all your videos. They are both entertaining and educational.

    Best wishes,


    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for the comment. You bring up some good questions. The Breville Smart Grinder is a great grinder, especially for someone on a budget. The Breville Smart Grinder is a stand alone grinder, so it won’t function as an espresso maker. But if you have an espresso machine, the Smart Grinder would work with it.

      How do you typically brew your coffee? I would recommend taking a look at the Breville Dose Control Pro ( It is less expensive and streamlines the grinding process, which is really helpful!

      Glad you are enjoying the videos. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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