Feb. 3, 2016
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Feb. 1, 2016
For years, the WhirleyPop has been a popular item here at Sweet Maria's. Using one is an affordable and an easy way to get into coffee roasting. We think it requires a little more attention compared to it's electric sibling (the hot air popper) but once you get the hang of it, using it is one of the best DIY roasting methods.
Jan. 26, 2016
If you are going to be around Oakland next Thursday night, Feb. 4th, Come by the Food Craft Institute for their "Intro to Oakland's Coffee Industry" event. We will be there demonstrating how fun, simple and affordable it can be to roast your own coffee at home with items you may already have. Also in attendance will be coffee farmer cooperative Catracha Coffee Company and green coffee importers Royal Coffee.
Our demo will be followed by a viewing of "The Way Back to Yarasquin" and a Q&A with the star of the film and Catracha Coffee Company founder Mayra Orellana-Powell.
The fun begins at 6pm with the movie starting at 7. If you can't make it exactly at 6, don't worry, our demo will be casual and ongoing until the movie starts so come on by, hang out and learn about turning green coffee into brown coffee.
Thursday, February 4th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Food Craft Institute
65 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94607
This is a FREE event!
Jan. 13, 2016
Here's a mini-travelogue from our Instagram feed with a few moments from Tom's recent trip to Guatemala. Check out our Instagram to see more photos of travel, hounds, coffee leaves, coffee book pages, motorcycles, etc.
Dec. 22, 2015
Here's some Instagram posts capturing a few slices from Tom's recent trip to Ethiopia. We wrangled them together onto one page so you don't have to sort through our Instagrams of home roasting machines, dogs, macro coffee photos and album covers in order to check out his mini-travelogue. If you are interested in looking at photos of home roasting machines, dogs, macro coffee photos and album covers, click here and prepare to be entertained by our Instagram page.
Mosquito net. Jimma Ethiopia 6am. I was reminded by a friend of an old idea I had conceived several years ago. I love photography (heck, it's my mfa technically) but I'm tired with the underlying narrative of coffee based travel. You really don't have to go as far as Dangerous Grounds to see the underside of exoticizing the faraway. Perhaps inescapable since heck, places like Jimma are faraway, but there has been such proliferation of coffee travel images without a lot of discussion about the framework they exist in. Maybe that's because social media image sharing doesn't really support that kind of meaning. Maybe it's...