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Coffee Roasting Demo at Eat Real Food Festival

Sept. 16, 2015

If you are going to be in or around Oakland this weekend, join us for our coffee roasting demo at the Eat Real food festival. This annual festival takes place at Jack London square which just happens to be about 2 miles away from our warehouse. We are packing up a trusty hot air popcorn popper and some green coffee to show coffee lovers how easy it is to roast their own coffee at home. We'll be on the Marina Dock at 2pm but come by the dock early to check out Black Medicine's iced pressure brewed coffee tasting that takes place right before our demo. If you want to rush home after the demo to dust off your electric popper and try it yourself, we are bringing free samples of green coffee for you roast.

If you love (or even just "like") food, you owe it to yourself to spend the day at Eat Real...and don't eat before you come. The selection of food vendors is always amazing.


Sept. 19, 2015

Jack London Square

Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607

2pm at the Marina Dock

Click Here for the Facebook event page.





Send us Your Dog Photos

September 16, 2015

It's that time of year again. We are hard at work on our annual Dogs of Coffee Calendar and we need your help. In the past, the inside-back cover has been a collage of dogs belonging to our crew or just dogs that didn't make it to the main pages. This year, we want your dog to be there. So send us your favorite pic of your favorite mutt, pup, pug, pitty, lab, poodle, pug-er-doodle or lab-a-poodle and we'll do our best to have them show up in the 2016 Sweet Maria's Dogs of Coffee Calendar.

  • If you send a photo of your cat, bird, chicken, etc, we'll consider it, but no promises.
  • Email photos to sweetmariascoffeedogs@gmail.com or send them to us via Facebook orTwitter.
  • Make sure your photo is in focus. We love fuzzy dogs...not fuzzy photos.
  • If there's some sort of coffee theme in the photo, that improves the chances of of it being selected. No humans please ...a selfie of you with your dog isn't going in. 
  • We can't guarantee that your dog will make it onto the calendar. We'll try!



Nine Great New Coffees

Sept. 11, 2015

Colombia El Nogal Tabi Cultivar - with raw sugar and cane juice sweetness,dried fruit, grape and a floral accent. Both body and sweetness are thick, balancing inherent bittering "coffee" tones well. Great in the middle roast range.

Colombia Urrao -Familia Moreno Microlot - blackberry syrup and cardamom spice notes, along with dried cherry and rindy citrus. A cool cup reveals a tart and floral hibiscus tea flavor.

Colombia Valle de Pavón -Los Palomos - Fruit-forward profile -pineapple, mango, guava, berry and raisin. Spice and floral accents round out this beauty. Good for espresso.

Ethiopia Illubabor Baaroo Cooperative - juicy stone fruit notes, honeyed sweetness, body, floral and spice accents. Tied together by integrated citrus-like acidity. No jarring 'snap', but like lemon oil, a thing of beauty. Good for espresso.

Guatemala Cuilco -Finca El Regalito - Deep toffee sweetness and fruit notes like golden raisin, date, nectarine and apricot, are tied together by elegant, malic acidity. Great for espresso.

Guatemala Cuilco Villatoro-Castillo Microlot - marmalade, dark fruits, tart berry with amazing acidity. Middle roasts have juicy fruits, dense caramel, and citrus brilliance. Great for espresso.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul  -Libertad Selvin - cherry popsicle, grape/grape skins, black currant and aroma of peach preserves. Floral honey to cane juice, sweetness has a balancing affect on bittersweet and spiced cocoa notes. Great for espresso

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul -Don Baudilio - Caramel and nougat, toffee almond, subtle baking spice and fruit...

New Coffee: Blends Galore, Single Origins and Cascara

Sept. 4, 2015
Sweet Maria's Ethiopiques Blend - Incredible espresso and brewed coffee with ultra sweet chocolate flavors, with citrus complexity and prevalent floral characteristics. It's definitely on the wilder side of espresso, but without being "over the top".
Sweet Maria's Altiplano Blend - Lighter roasts show convincing levels of brightness and sweetness, with faint fruit and cocoa top notes. FC and beyond boosts body, sweetness, and chocolate roast complexity. Great for espresso.
Sweet Maria's Workshop #36 - Subiramo - berries, tropical fruit and cooked plum - with darker roasts folding in equal parts bittersweet cocoa roast tones. These characteristics are distilled in espresso shots, with flashes of baking spice and even a floral grace note.
Costa Rica Helsar Cascara - Fruit Tea - It's tea, made from coffee, and you can eat it! These dehydrated coffee cherries are crispy, tart and sweet. No roasting necessary, just steep a fruited tea, or use as a snack in place of dried fruit. Flavors of hibiscus, tamarind, passion fruit, apple, raisin. With or without sweetener, this one's great. Packaged in 4 oz bags.
Colombia Planadas Tolima Decaf - has a beautiful sweetness for decaf coffee, a mix of raw cane juice and demurara sugar. Mild fruit tones come up with banana bread aromatics and red apple in the cup, along with barley tea finish. Good for espresso.

Fresh Roasted Coffee

Sept. 3, 2015

Roasted Ethiopia Guji Zone Akrabi - This coffee shows sweet fruits and soft citrus notes as the cup cools. Honey and muscovado sugar sweetness long into the finish. City roast.

Roasted Rwanda Kivu Kanzu - Brown sugar sweetness, cinnamon aroma, very pleasantly bittersweet - dark cocoa and caramel flavor. City+ roast.

Roasted Liquid Amber Espresso Blend - It's ideal for milk drinks, as this intense bittersweet cuts through the steamed milk. Rustic sweetness, spice, savory notes, long aftertaste. Monsooned coffee and a small percentage of Robusta add crema and body. Roasted to Full City.

Roasted Espresso Monkey Blend  - This coffee is balanced between high and low tones, fruited-chocolate roast flavors, and slightly rustic fruited accent notes. Roasted to Full City.


We also have all of these coffees in stock, in their green, unroasted form. Pick some up along with your roasted coffee and compare your roasts to ours. You may be surprised at how a roasting method and technique can affect the end result and at how there are a lot of "right" ways to roast coffee.

Unroasted Ethiopia Guji Zone Akrabi

Unroasted Rwanda Kivu Kanzu

Unroasted Liquid Amber Espresso Blend

Unroasted Roasted Espresso Monkey Blend