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Podcast: Kenya Coffee with Mette-Marie Hansen

Feb. 3, 2016

During his trip to Nairobi in Dec. of 2015, Tom had this casual conversation with Mette-Marie "Mia" Hansen about the confusing Kenyan coffee world and what it's like being a woman working in the financial end of the coffee trade.  Mia works for C. Dorman Coffee Exporters as a buyer and trader that also buys coffee from Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopa. 
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Replace the Pan...Without the Jams.

Feb. 1, 2016

For years, the WhirleyPop has been a popular item here at Sweet Maria's. Using one is an affordable and an easy way to get into coffee roasting. We think it requires a little more attention compared to it's electric sibling (the hot air popper) but once you get the hang of it, using it is one of the best DIY roasting methods.


Coffee Roasting Demo at FCI

Jan. 26, 2016

If you are going to be around Oakland next Thursday night, Feb. 4th, Come by the Food Craft Institute for their "Intro to Oakland's Coffee Industry" event. We will be there demonstrating how fun, simple and affordable it can be to roast your own coffee at home with items you may already have. Also in attendance will be coffee farmer cooperative Catracha Coffee Company and green coffee importers Royal Coffee.

Our demo will be followed by a viewing of "The Way Back to Yarasquin" and a Q&A with the star of the film and Catracha Coffee Company founder Mayra Orellana-Powell.


 The fun begins at 6pm with the movie starting at 7. If you can't make it exactly at 6, don't worry, our demo will be casual and ongoing until the movie starts so come on by, hang out and learn about turning green coffee into brown coffee.


Thursday, February 4th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Food Craft Institute
65 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94607
This is a FREE event!

Insta-tour of Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Jan. 13, 2016

Here's a mini-travelogue from our Instagram feed with a few moments from Tom's recent trip to Guatemala. Check out our Instagram to see more photos of travel, hounds, coffee leaves, coffee book pages, motorcycles, etc.




Insta-tour of Ethiopia

Dec. 22, 2015

Here's some Instagram posts capturing a few slices from Tom's recent trip to Ethiopia. We wrangled them together onto one page so you don't have to sort through our Instagrams of home roasting machines, dogs, macro coffee photos and album covers in order to check out his mini-travelogue. If you are interested in looking at photos of home roasting machines, dogs, macro coffee photos and album covers, click here and prepare to be entertained by our Instagram page.