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The tipping point ... and more macro photo images.

The tipping point, originally uploaded by sweetmarias.

Adding more images to our library of macro shots of coffee. Here I photographed coffee flowers, the leaf, leaf buds, some defects in green coffee and roasted coffee, and ...what the heck ... some bubbles. -Tom

Full City++ roast

Full City++ roast, originally uploaded by sweetmarias.

This coffee has entered 2nd crack, and the increased porosity is evident, as well as pockets of migrating oils. This and many more interesting macro shots I have taken of green and roasted coffee, as well as coffee cherry, are now posted on the SM site and Flickr. -Tom

PINO Digital Kettle Pro

It might seem silly, but I am really excited about this kettle,  the PINO Digital Kettle Pro. I need a lot of hot water for cupping and brewing so having a kettle that works as well as this does makes a big difference in my day-to-day life.   I  have the bad habit of forgetting that I am heating water.  On the stove, I will evaporate a full pan of water before I remember I had it on the burner ... which led me to use the Bodum Ibis kettle.  It's a fine kettle, but I also forget about it, and then my water is cool and I need to heat it again. So here is the pretty sleek the Pino Digital Kettle Pro, an electric kettle that will heat water to a temperature that I preset, and hold it there until I am ready for it, or remember it, whichever comes first. It has a 50 oz (~1.5 Liter capacity), and the electric base is separate from the kettle top. It is 1000 watts, a bit lower than some other electric kettles, but will heat a full 1.5 liters from tap temperature to 205 in 9 minutes, and will heat 16 ounces of water in 2 minutes. It is pricey, but this paired with a Clever Coffee Dripper makes a great brewing set-up.

New arrivals - Nicaragua Limoncillo Pacamara DP, Colombia Finca Buenavista Imbachi, Costa Rica Tarrazu Montes de Oro, Espresso Workshop 7 La Tessitura, Thumbs Down Panama DP

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/CostaRicaFincaCarrizalMontesdeOro.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/ColombiaFincaBuenavistaCarlosImbachi2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/NicaraguaLimoncilloPacamaraDP.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/PanamaCarmenSieteDiasdeBellota2009.jpg We're adding four new coffees today: Nicaragua Limoncillo Pacamara Dry-Process with fruits flavors and a profile not unlike Ethiopia DP or Yemen. Check out Tom's review!... Next is the Colombia Finca Buenavista -Carlos Imbachi Microlot - the return of an all-around favorite farm, this is a sweet coffee with guava and strawberry tones. Takes a wide range of roasts and is on the brighter side, being Huila-grown. We are adding the Costa Rica Tarrazu -Montes de Oro, a versatile coffee with graham cracker and lemon with chocolate at a darker roast. We've also blended up the new Espresso Workshop #7 - La Tessitura, ... another tongue-twisted name choice with fruits and a bright finish. Maybe the analogy to choral music is a bit much but once you try it, you'll be singing about the great cup along with us! Check out the full review for more. Stay tuned for news about a new electric water kettle on the way.