2020 Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Portland. [CANCELLED] - Page 3

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#21: Post by baristainzmking »

day wrote:Hopefully no one here I seriously considering attending. Anyone that thinks it would "be fine" simply hasn't looked at the actual numbers and processes them. If we treat this like we treat the flu, the outcome will be truly horrifying.

One would hope...
Julia

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stefano65
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#22: Post by stefano65 »

I got an email this AM from one of the Italian company that we represent and we were with them in the exhibition as the "local" support,
he told me to go ahead and cancel all reservation since they cannot flight into the OR show,
yet no words from the SCAA?
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drgary
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#23: Post by drgary »

stefano65 wrote:yet no words from the SCAA?
Not yet. If you check the link in the first post you'll see what we all see. No update since last Friday.
Gary
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SJM

#24: Post by SJM »

About time for everyone to stand up and state that they are not going.
Period.
SCAA should be ashamed of themselves.

Said in my usual not very humble manner.

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yakster
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#25: Post by yakster »

I think it's the venue not letting SCA out of the contract that should be ashamed.
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drgary
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#26: Post by drgary »

I expect that current circumstances will force cancellation, whether through continued government restriction of gatherings or through the common sense of people who cancel their participation.
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#27: Post by baldheadracing »

Video statement from the SCA: (5:41 long)
tl;dw Oregon's restriction on large gatherings (currently) expires before the event.
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HB
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#28: Post by HB »

Just received an e-mail from the SCA:
2020 Expo and Re:co Canceled, Both Return in 2021 wrote:After many weeks of discussions with our partners regarding the impacts of COVID-19 on SCA events, today we are sad to announce that the 2020 Re:co Symposium and Specialty Coffee Expo scheduled to take place in Portland in April is now canceled.

Unfortunately, no other viable dates were available for the show to take place in Portland in 2020. We will be working with the SCA USA Chapter to explore options to hold the final US Coffee Championships of the year at a later date as appropriate. Re:co and Expo will return in April 2021 in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to every single one of our sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, and volunteers for your patience and understanding over the past few weeks while we negotiated the future of these two events with our partners.

Many of you have gotten in touch with us, wondering why it has taken so long to announce the cancellation of these two events. As you may know, the Specialty Coffee Expo is the largest specialty coffee event in North America, and in order to make it happen, we engage in contracts with the venue and with over two dozen other partners, including hotels and other local businesses.

When it became clear that it would not be possible to find new dates for later in the year in Portland, our negotiations with these partners focused on ending these contracts without putting the SCA, a nonprofit association, in danger of legal retribution from these businesses, who are also experiencing similar difficulties amid this crisis.

We are heartbroken that we will not be able to see you in Portland this year, but we look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in 2021.

Stay safe and please remember to take a look at the various resources we have been compiling related to the impact of COVID-19 on the coffee industry by visiting sca.coffee/covid19.
Dan Kehn

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CarefreeBuzzBuzz
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#29: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

OUCH, that means lots of economic fallout and fights over deposits. Very sad. But sounds like the venue is booked pretty full so maybe not so bad.
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drgary
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#30: Post by drgary »

This is sad but necessary.

I hope to see you all in New Orleans next year.
Gary
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