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A wet walk to Finca La Maravilla, Hueuetenango, Guate.

It's a crude and jerky hand-held video of my visit to Finca La Maravilla last week. Nothing fancy, but gives a good feel for the place... a really great farm-Tom

Green Coffee School (2 videos)

These are my first attempt to do this- use my nice still camera and macro lens to look closely at various green coffees and talk about what I am seeing. Boring imagery to many except the fanatics out there. I think things get more interesting in Part 2. Watch them on youtube in HD for the best imagery. -Tom

What a really good cup of Guatemala coffee looks like.


Painting on wall at Bella Carmona, just outside Antigua Guatemala.

New arrivals- Sumatra Grade 1 Mandheling,Aged Sumatra Lintong Peaberry '07 Crop,Bali Kintamani Wet-Hull Arabica

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/SumatraGrade1Mandheling2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/AgedSumatraLintongPeaberry07Crop2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/BaliKintamaniWetHullArabica2010.jpg Here are the three coffees we will be adding: Sumatra Grade 1 Mandheling is back and we are at the peak of the harvest season which is probably why this has such nice complex earthiness, deep bass tone, and heavy body. Even more eagerly awaited is the return of aged coffee and today we are adding Aged Sumatra Lintong Peaberry '07 Crop. For folks who haven't tried Aged before, allow the coffee to rest before grinding for 2-4 days for full development. Look for peppery notes, syrupy sweetness, mint, and aromatic wood. We're also happy to announce a new lot of Bali Kintamani Wet-Hull Arabica, with a marked "Indonesian" profile - fruited, low acidity, and also has chocolate roast notes. Check out the full cupping notes and farm information at the review links above!

New arrivals- Timor FTO Maubesse,Kenya Nyeri AA Kiamabara,Colombia Gaitania "Los Pijaos de Tolima",Espresso Workshop #9 - Dénouemoi

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/TimorFTOMaubesse2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/KenyaNyeriAAKiamabara20092010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/ColombiaGaitaniaLosPijaosdeTolima2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/9_blend_espresso_workshop.jpg We have added three new coffees and a new espresso blend today! Here is the brief rundown: We are very happy to see the return of a Timorese coffee, it's been a couple of years waiting for a quality lot. This Timor FTO Maubesse has a wide roast profile, nice balance between brightness and body, and is for fans of a sweeter Indonesian cup than a traditional Sumatra. Kenya Nyeri AA Kiamabara is our latest East African addition with moderate acidity, spice, and apricot in the profile. Next we are adding a really fine early Colombian, the Gaitania "Los Pijaos de Tolima". Look for a nice balanced profile with raisin, clove, and spice in the finish. Finally we have Espresso Workshop Blend #9 - Dénoumoi, our new Franglais-named blend. The Dénoumoi has intense chocolate, agressive fruit, thick body, and even a hint of blackberry.