Sweet Maria's Weblog

Our Technivorm Lid - The Dirty Truth

May 19, 2015

We always obsess about keeping coffee gear clean but the reality is that the Technivorm brewer in our office kitchen/break room gets neglected longer than it should between cleanings. We brew at least 6 batches a day and are always impressed with it's durability...so there's a little guilt associated with not cleaning it as often as we should. We should be using a descaler like Dezcal to clean out the water lines and Cleancaf to wash out the brew basket and carafes every week or so. If you own a newer model Technivorm, you probably don't have to worry as much since your lid is built with a tighter connection between the two pieces (we honestly haven't had the chance or a reason to open up a new model lid yet).


The Amazing Spider Graphs

April 7, 2015

As new coffees roll in, we have been scoring them with our new spider graphs. We hope they are (and have been) a great tool to help you decide what coffees to buy from our site. We suggest that you also pay attention to the written comments as well since numbers aren't always the best way to judge a coffee's taste. If you are really into the dark chocolate notes and heavy body of coffees from Nicaragua and Sumatra, you will probably be disappointed with even the highest scoring Gesha coffees that have a very light body and floral notes.


We just added five new coffees.

April 3, 2015
Brazil Pulp Natural Irmao Pereira - has a buttery caramel/sugar flavor and is a good example of how clean a well-processed, pulp natural Brazil can taste
Colombia Familia Gutierrez Gesha - has a weighty mouthfeel, like apple juice, and refreshing acidity that adds to the tactile impression. It's truly a refreshing cup.
Colombia Aguas Claras -Honey and graham flavors are matched by crisp, malic acidity, and black tea notes come out in the finish.


Mexico FTO Chiapas Jaltenango - has a dried fig note, along with simple chocolate flavor. This is one of the best Mexico coffees we've tasted in a while.

Ethiopia Aricha-Kocha SWP Decaf - has a multitude of fruit notes - raspberry, apricot, tangerine - a nice mix, like cooked, or canned fruit sweetness.

We're excited about the five new arrivals that made it on our list today

March 27, 2015

Colombia Inza - Finca Villa Rica - densely sweet, apple, pineapple, a complete coffee

Hawaii Kona Kowali Farm Typica - white grape, cane sugar, a clean cup

Sulawesi Dante Borong - earthy sweetness, plum, and papaya

Brazil Carmo de Minas SWP Decaf - developed sweetness, roasted nut, mild fruits

Rwanda Karenge-Rulindo SWP Decaf - bourbon sweetness, baking spices, weighty profile

New Coffee...Including Colombia

March 23, 2015

Colombia Finca La Mesita - Brayan Joven returns from last year, a real standout on our cupping table. Sweetness, top notes, acidity, and cleanliness, a beautiful Colombia we feel lucky to have.

Colombia Timana de Huila is a blend we constructed from a few of the better small producer lots we tasted. At City+, this coffee is all about balance. A mild cup that can handle roast, it's what we think daily drinking coffee should taste like!

Brazil Dry Process Santa Ines is not as fruit-forward as others (they're there, just subtle), this one's heavy in the developed sugar matrix, and with a nice kola nuttiness. Perfect for dual use brewed coffee/espresso.

Ethiopia Grade 1 Yirga Cheffe Dumerso is our last Ethiopia of the season, and cupping better than some of the fresh offer samples we've been tasting! Stone fruit-forward, with heavy sugar-browning sweetness and citrus top note complexity.

Papua New Guinea Bauka Bena is our final PNG from the Bauka Plantation coffees we purchased. Only 3 bags, it shares much in common with the others from Bauka - earth toned, sweet grain, and fruited. And we also added a Fair Trade Organic coffee,

Sumatra FTO Gayo - Bies Village. This is from the KSU Burni cooperative in Aceh, showing rustic fruits, heavy body, and surprsingly 'present' acidity.