Iowa_Boy wrote:I will likely be coming in for this.
What are the best things to do? I am trying to figure out all the registration options and its a bit confusing.
Is the expo the main thing to attend? It looks like with the lower level registration you can only go to that on Sunday.
The Expo is the main thing for most attendees, but there are also classes/workshops and competitions. I believe the Activities Hall is where the World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup will be held, along with the Roasters Village and Market, plus service areas like the BGA Cafe. The Enthusiast badge is indeed only for Sunday access to the Expo hall with full weekend access to the Activities Hall. Sundays are usually business as usual until later in the afternoon, but it's a lot to take in in just one day unless you plan ahead. This is a World Championship year, so there will be lots of notable coffee pros in attendance from all over, and most are quite approachable if you want to chat with champs!
We will be there at booth 418 with Ancap USA, and it would be a pleasure to meet more HB folks. I can't announce our booth plans yet, but I can say it is going to be espresso-focused and I think a lot of y'all will find it fun! For new things to see, the "Black Box Grinder" that Nick Cho announced will be there at booth 1383, La Marzocco's new KB90 will be on display at booth 431, Duvall is exhibiting their machine again at booth 254, Dalla Corte will likely have their new machine at booth 131, and Mahlkonig might have the E65S at booth 559. There is plenty more to be announced, I'm sure, as March and April are more popular times to tease things about booth reveals. However, it's also a HOST year, so some might hold off entirely until October.
You can see the full list of exhibitors and Expo map here: https://www.coffeeexpo.info/sca2019/pub ... x?shmode=E