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Larger Orders?


In case you are placing a larger order (with more than five items), the cart is behaving very badly and may even time out, deleting all the items in the cart.   Smaller orders seem to be coming through fine in my tests.  It is the number, not size, of items that seems to cause the glitch. The cart developers are aware of the problem and working on it. 

One possible work-around would be to place two smaller orders, one with the shipping option you prefer selected and the other as if it was a "customer pick-up" order. Then send us a note to combine the orders. If you have any trouble , just email us at info@sweetmarias.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  

Thank you - Maria 

Six New Coffees

August 14, 2015

We just added six great new coffees to the list including coffees from regions we haven't seen for a while like Nicaragua, Java and Mexico. Enjoy!


Costa Rica Alaska -Lote El Llano - demonstrates dried fruit along the lines of raisin and dried plum. Browning sugars and baking spice notes crop up as the cup cools with cinnamon and all-spice accents, complimenting a slight cocoa note in the finish. City+ and FC roasts build fruit-juice flavors, a beautiful cranberry note comes into play with allusions to stone fruit nectar. The finish is buttery with persistent chocolate tones, leaning towards dark chocolate.
Java Sunda -Gunung Naringin - is a real standout and is so sweet, with shocking cleanliness for an Indonesian coffee, a testament to clean processing and good milling. Lighter roasts show dark, juicy fruit flavors and as the cup cools, cherry juice, baked apple and aspects of pluots. Taking the roast a shade darker produces a fig/dark-chocolate combination, fading into bittersweet cocoa in the finish. Sweet citrus notes come out, tangerine and naval orange, butted up against stone fruit, and a melon hint. This coffee is good brewed and as espresso.
Mexico Org. La Lagunilla Coop - The cup has unequivocal sweetness, peaking with brown sugar and butter, fading nicely into baker's chocolate bittersweetness in the finish. There are sugary aspects well within the range of raw to light brown sugar, and nut tones too. It is 'coffee-like' in character, having a core bittersweet 'warmth' to it. The type of coffee I will drink two cups of (yes, in a row!), and I think the Full City/FC+ roasts will produce classically-profiled espresso shots. You might try using this as a blend base too.
Nicaragua Acopio Suyatal - has a malty sweetness to it and is reminiscent of Horlicks malted milk drink. The profile shines at more of a City+/Full City roast, building out sweetness and a bumped-up cocoa nib flavor. The acidity is subtle, yet well defined - like rindy citrus...

African Video Extravaganza

August 13, 2015

Tom brought back some great footage from his recent trips to Rwanda and Burundi. Here's a few edits we put together.


Rwanda Coffee Processing

Here's a look at the process that happens at Gitesi in Rwanda near lake Kivu and how the workers there manage the channels.


Burundi Dry Process (Natural) Coffee

Tom comments on dry process coffee as he takes a look at coffee cherries drying on raised beds in Burundi (not Ethiopia).

Burundi Wet Process

Here's a look at wet processed coffee in Burundi....and some shots of folks around the mill.




Revisiting our Current Burundi Selections

August 11, 2015

Before our Burundi stock is completely whittled away, I thought now's good a time as any to pull samples of current coffees to taste how they're holding up. We also happen to be cupping very fresh Burundi samples from the new harvest - selections still a few months away from being available - and so a chance to see how the current lots stand up to incredibly fresh coffees from the same stations. I have to say, the level of quality in the coffees we're selling is astonishing, and a testament to the affects proper rest has on a coffee's cup-profile. Flavors taste fully-realized and without any of the 'edginess' that comes with real freshness.

We're down to two final coffees, surprisingly unique from one to the next. Both were roasted to right around City+ for the cup notes. I also happened to roast one batch of Ruyaga to Full City (don't walk away from your roaster!), a happy accident that spawned a few shots of espresso. ...

Five New Coffees

August 7, 2015
Our first coffees from Urrao, Antioquia have arrived - Colombia Cup of Antioquia - Hugo Sepulveda, and Colombia Cup of Antioquia - Jose Leobardo. Both coffees were in the top 50 of 2014, Hugo actually took 5th place, quite a feat when you consider there were over 800 entries last year! These two coffees represent our introduction to the region of Urrao, a highland are tucked away in the northwest corner of Antioquia with a strong small-holder coffee growing tradition. We paid a handsome price for these two coffees to keep them out of the auctions. They show extremely unique cup profiles - cleanly fruited and integrated acidity - and perhaps most importantly, this purchase helped solidify our interest in growing a buying program in the region. Consider these a window into "what's to come", as we have 1/2 container-full of Urrao micro lots and blends landing in the next couple weeks.
Colombia Cup of Antioquia - Hugo Sepulveda - cups like a competition winner - fruit punch, stewed stone fruits, mulling spice hints and well-integrated acidity. Descriptors build as the cup cools, an array of fruit-juice flavors, backed with thick, honey sweetness, and mouth-cleansing finish.


Colombia Cup of Antioquia - Jose Leobardo - cups with fruit-forward complexity, from tart berry to orange-infused honey. The body is lush like fruit juice, and deeper roasts bring on a delicious dark-chocolate flavor to the mix. Amazing for espresso.