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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

October 29, 2010 at 4:02 PM

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Sprudge.com and others at Coffee Fest Seattle: Let the sampling, competing and partying begin

Posted by Melissa Allison

Coffee Fest's Seattle show opened today and runs through Sunday at the convention center downtown. There are about 300 exhibitors and so far almost 6,000 people registered to attend, organizers said.

The trade show includes lots of coffee beans, syrups and equipment. Here are a few pictures, starting with Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman, who write the mostly indie coffee web site Sprudge.com. When they're not writing hilariously snarky headlines, telling you where the Coffee Fest after-parties are, and reporting on important issues like the questions surrounding a high-scoring entry in this year's Cup of Excellence competition in Colombia, Carlsen works at Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco, which doesn't allow WiFi and as a result is a boisterous cafe, he said.

"Laptops have killed coffee shops, turned them into libraries," Carlsen said.

"Laptops and smoking bans," added Michelman, a Seattle musician who writes songs and plays guitar in the Mill Kids, and plays sax, keyboards and other instruments for Iji and Megabog.

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One of Sprudge.com's sponsors is Espresso Parts in Olympia, which revamps old La Marzocco and other espresso machines. "They're the classic cars of the coffee world," say the Sprudge guys. The Espresso Parts booth had a cool old garage feel:

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The booth next door was La Marzocco itself, with a new machine called the Strada. There are two types of Strada -- one that's still in production and this one, the MP, that began shipping a few months ago. The very first MP machine went to Stumptown's newly remodeled store on Division Street in Portland. "It's great," said Stumptown roaster Adam Koehler.

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