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Tom Moertel

Congratulations! Aldo -- and thus Pittsburgh -- claimed *half* of the slots in the finals. Way to represent the 'Burgh!

Best of luck tomorrow morning.


Natalie Boone

Congratulations to Team Aldo. We are very, very happy for you. Best wishes from all of us here in Westbury.

Tom Moertel

Whoops, I meant to write "half of the slots [for] the finals." A Freudian slip, no doubt caused by my great confidence that Aldo will do well *in* the finals.


Chris mayhew

Rock.On. That is super awesome. I'm also glad to see I am not the only commenter.


Good going. The home town crowd is rooting for you.


YAYYYY Aldo's!
Tell Sonja her kids are starving and I think Grant is at a brothel. Other than that...everything's fine here!
Good luck in the finals!!!
Mary Bender


Woot! The crema is rising to the top - good luck Team Aldo! Congratulations!!


Michelle told me the good news and I just had to congratulate you guys!! Yay!!! We are so proud of you!!


So proud of you guys! I knew you could do it!! BTW, Aldo is very happy, too. He's up on the couch with me with his head in my lap! SO CUTE!!!!

Phil Johnson

Hey, this is a big deal. Really big congrats to all involved, from the people behind the bar at Aldo to the customers who are getting their drinks. Better coffee in Pittsburgh is better for everybody; I'm very proud of you all.

PS I think that LP coffee might have come from my amigos at Gimme (Erin and Colleen). I sent them a pound of each of our espressos last Tuesday in vacuum-seals. First of all I thought Clovers were designed to highlight the nuance in single origins (none of our espressos are single origins) AND they were roasted last tuesday, so I'm sorry if they weren't quite up to snuff if you had some.

We should hang out when you get back.


Phil, Thanks for the comments.
I don't know if anyone cracked the LP bags yet - there is a mountain of coffee bags over by the Clover. Those gold bags are sitting amongs Gimme, CC, Ritual, Intelly, Ecco and others... I took a photo that I'll send or post when i get back.

I (rich) was recruited as a sensory judge for this competition (not judging our folks, obviously) but have to sip a lot of espresso drinks from competitors. So I've been avoiding non-comp coffee for the most part.


Way to go...good luck today! I'm so proud to be part of this coffee "family".


Thanks to all for your support and best wishes. We miss out cafe and all of you.

We are done with the competition -- it was intense and fierce. All six fifnalits were excellent. We will have the results later this afternoon and will post them soon there after.

A beautiful day here in eastern PA, hope the same is true at home. We will be home later tonight.

Chris mayhew

Hope I'm not stealing your thunder Rich, feel free to delete this.


2007 MARBC Champion: Katie Carguilo, murky coffee
2007 NERBC Champion: Chris Deferio, Carriage House Coffee

MARBC: 2nd=Belle Battista, Aldo Coffee; 3rd=Jay Caragay, Spro Coffee
NERBC: 2nd=Dan Griffin, Cafe Collage; 3rd=Dan Humphries, Coffee Scholars


Thanks, Chris, we had to pack everything away before the announcement, then everytone just hit the road. We just got back.

Belle's score was fantastic! We are very proud of her and Sonja,they represented us well. I had fun, and we learned a lot and gained some respect, I think.

Many great performances, many great coffee people. Congratulations to all the winners.


Woo-Hoo! Way to go guys! You did the 'burgh (especially Mt. Lebo) proud!

Len Sabo

I have been sitting on the edge of my seat to see who won - or - more importantly, how my buddies from Aldo's fared. I even got up in the middle of the night last night (@ 02:30) to look and see if something was posted!

3 out of 6 finalists were Aldos' crew! Woo hoo & YAY!!! ...and Bell took 2nd place!!! Congrats Aldo's on such a great showing at this years MA's.

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