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Once in a while, the staff at Sweet Maria's takes a few minutes to come together and taste a coffee as a group and compare notes. Recently, we got together to compare Sweet Maria's unusual offerings of tea. Our El Salvador Cascara and Yemen Qishr were tasted side by side and each proved to be very unique. The Qishr came off as the more subtle contender while the Cascara was a bit more bold, super fruity, juicy. Our staff discovered spicy hints of jamaica, hibiscus, tamarind and fruit in general. We found that adding a bit of honey changed the taste dramatically and made us curious as to what a little cream would bring (we don't normally have cream/creamer/milk around here). Curious? There are a lot possibilities...cream, sugar, cooking, sauces, baking, beer brewing....and iced tea!
Guatemala Huehuetenango arrivals: La Marvavilla and Esperanza Pacamara. Plus Sulawesi WP Toraja, India Sufia Robusta
Five new coffees!: Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca La Maravilla, Guatemala Huehuetenango La Esperanza Pacamara, Sulawesi AA Wet-Process Toraja, Sulawesi Toraja WP Decaf, and India Sufia Robusta. We have some exciting couplings this week and some will be familiar. Let's start off with two Guats… First it's the Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca La Maravilla, with its classic lively profile with caramel apple and brown sugar in the cup. Next up is the Guatemala Huehuetenango La Esperanza Pacamara, a contender in the CoE auction that should have gone to the top ranking. Tom sought this special coffee out when the auction was over; it has an unique flavor profile with vanilla, honey, warming spice and fruited notes. We paid a premium for this very well prepped coffee; check it out! Next up are the sweet and bold Sulawesi WP Torajas in Decaf and Regular. This is a great single-origin espresso for those looking for the sweeter side of Indonesian flavors. Last, but not least,...
These photos were shot during Tom's most recent trip to Costa Rica in January 2010 - a mid-harvest visit to see the coffees we now are selling. It took a while to get them posted to the new image gallery. I know, I know, Tom has taken more trips since this one, namely two trips to Guatemala, a quick El Salvador visit and his most recent trip to Rwanda (just back yesterday), but we thought that since they are such great images, we would bring them to your attention. A few contenders for the 2011 Dogs of Coffee Calendar (?!?). Take a look at the entire trip here.
Thank you for purchasing this very special roast coffee pairing. Both of these lots are from the well-known Daterra Farms in Brazil and we bought them in the annual Grounds for Health auction. Grounds For Health is a wonderful charity that does good work in coffee-growing regions bringing health care to women. Daterra Farms is a remarkable force in the Brazilian coffee world and has various plots with distinct cultivars, they then blend the various cultivars, like a vintner might blend their grapes from within a farm, to get the desired results. The Special Bourbon Blend is a wonderfully mild and nutty selection with soft chocolate. The Opus One Exotic is a different beast all together, very bright, almost rustic but still with refined balance. Both were kept light at City+. Check out both Grounds for Health and Daterra Farms on the internet!