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New arrivals from Kenya, Panama, Sulawesi & Brazil ...

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New arrivals: Kenya Murang'a Kangunu, Kenya Kirinyaga Karani PB, Brazil Cerrado DP Fazenda Aurea, Sumatra Lintong Blue Batak

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Roast Coffee Pairing #38: Indonesian Comparison

We roasted two different Indonesian coffees this time... a Sumatra Grade 1, a Classic Mandheling,... and  Sumatra Onan Ganjang Cultivar.  The Grade 1 Mandheling is what many people look for in Sumatran coffee - heavy body  and a complex earthy flavor. This is a deep, brooding, pungent, bass note coffee, with an undertone of mildly earthy dark chocolate.  Onan Ganjang is a local cultivar from the Lintong area with the thick, creamy mouthfeel and low acidity you might expect in Sumatran coffee, but more rustic sweetness,  malty caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, and slightly herbal flavors.   Look for the taste differences between these two coffees at a similar roast level and it should be apparent how different Indonesian coffees, in this case two Sumatrans, can be.  Each batch was roasted to Full City, 15 minutes, 435 degrees.

New arrivals: Yemen Mokha Sharasi, Brazil Daterra Farms Yellow Bourbon, Kenya Kirinyaga Peaberry Gakuyu-ini

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Big changes at the Sweet Maria's warehouse! Well, not changes that customers will be able to see, but a huge change for us. We are installing a mezzanine in the warehouse this week to give us more storage.  Seems crazy that in five years we have filled up this warehouse - but it it true.  This is a hugely disruptive project, but we will be shipping orders as usual. The shipping and packing robots are going to be so happy! (Just kidding, we don't employ robots, but real, honest-to-goodness humans!) We are though  holding off on adding new coffees.  Look for Yemeni, Brazilian and Kenyan coffee to be added later this week - likely by Friday June 4th , once we have a sense how the mezzanine is coming together.  Hang on!  new coffees are on the way.