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A 7-pack of excellent single origin coffees

July 3, 2015

Colombia Finca La Mesita - raw sugar sweetness and malic to tea-tannic brightness with Asian pear, red raisin, apple, lime-aid, and cinnamon stick. Good for espresso.

Costa Rica Helsar - La Petisa - shows balance in sugar sweetness and bittering cocoa tones with red grape, cherry, and raisin.

Costa Rica Los Crestones Finca Alaska - has a pleasant tartness, cranberry and habiscus, along with sweet flavors of raisin, plum, and oatmeal cookie. Buttery to chocolate tones in the finish.

Guatemala San Diego Buena Vista Yellow Bourbon - balanced sweet/bittersweet tones and structured brightness, highlighted by notes of brisk tea, chamomile herbal infusions, and citrus.

Honduras San Fernando - Rodriguez Pacamara - has an aroma of sweet pipe tobacco and complex sugar browning. It's laden with honey sweetness, dried tamarind and date.

Honduras Santa Elena - Región Cueva Pintada - shows excellent sweetness with counteracting bittering burned sugar, and cocoa powder. Mild fruit flavors are off in the distance and the finish is sweet and clean.

Tanzania Mbeya Iyula Mill Peaberry - Aroma of roasted barley and Assam tea, with an underlying simple syrup sweetness, and baking spice top notes. Flavors of darker roasts run the range of chocolate liqueur to licorice root.

Ironing Out the Wrinkles

August 18th, 2015

There is a lot of work that has gone into our new website architecture. It will allow us to add many new enhancements, providing information for coffee, comparisons between our offerings and better access to the labyrinth of information on the site! Thank you for your patience with these website fixes and upgrades. We appreciate your business!

  • Cart Slugishness and Crashing: Our cart developers are taking this very seriously! They are working around the clock to optimize checkout!
  • Military addresses not showing up at checkout - The cart developers are in the process of fixing this issue.
  • ACCOUNT MIGRATION UPDATE: All of the customer accounts are migrating from the old database to the new database. Some have moved over already, some are still moving, and some will move in the next few days. You don't need to wait for your account to move to place an order, just checkout as a guest and save the email receipt for your records. To see if your account has moved yet, click on the reset password link. If your account has migrated you will be able to reset your password and log in to your account. If this doesn't work, try again in a few days.
  • Green Coffee Pages: We have some exciting updates to our green coffee list including; sorting and filtering functions, one page ordering with descripters instead of photos, comparison and related products, and more.
  • Defaulting to Oakland address- this has been fixed.
  • Mobile site issues- these have been resolved.


Let us know if you see any glaring issues or suggestions, by emailing us at info@sweetmarias.com.


Say Hello to Seven New Coffees

June 26, 2015

Costa Rica Helsar - Macho Arce - a bright, balanced cup showing subtle complexity as it cools. Dark berry notes, apple pie filling, red honey, and a citrus peel twist.

Costa Rica Chirripo - Finca Jonny - sweet, citrus-like acidity, grape jelly, blackberry and plum juice, and array of fruit tea notes.

Guatemala Acatenango Gesha - Fresh tropical fruits, red punch, herbal and black tea flavors, and brilliant acidity in the cooling cup.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul FC Mendez - a bodied cup, unrefined sugar sweetness, and a mild fruits. In middle roasts look for raw cane juice, toasted almond, apple hints, and malic acidity.

India Arabica Karnataka Kohinoor - Simple syrup sweetness, roasted nut, licorice hints, and a barley tea note.


Roasted Coffee Subscription: Ethiopia Muhrawbi Limu and Burundi Kayanze Mpemba

Thursday June 25th 2015
For this installment of the bi weekly roasted coffee subscription we chose two more coffees from Africa. We have quite a few recent arrivals from Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, and some others too like Uganda and Yemen. I was really happy to roast two of my personal favorites , the Ethiopia Muhrawbi Limu and the Burundi Kayanze Mpemba

I took the Ethiopia Muhrabawi Limu to a City+ level in order to develop more of that simple syrup sweetness but still preserve the acidity. Their is a nice flavor of stone fruit like a white peach as well as a hint of citrus. There is also an interesting floral aroma coming off the cup. The body reminds me of honey graham cookies. Overall this coffee is not as fruited or complex as our other current offerings from Ethiopia. Still a great coffee though and more similar to some of our coffees from Rwanda and Burundi.

Speaking of Burundi, I also roasted my favorite of our coffees from Burundi this year, the Kayanza Mpemba. This coffee is...

Our site will be down for an hour this week

June 23, 2015

We have some great changes lined up. We are planning on adding some improvements to sweetmarias.com tomorrow. Look forward to a nicer layout for coffee and products along with an easier, more secure check out.

There's a popular saying about having to break some eggs to make an omelet, and this couldn't be more true as we launch our new web features. Well, we won't be breaking anything but we may cause you a little inconvenience while we are down and changing things around behind the scenes.

Our site will be down for about an hour between sometime before Friday night (June 26)

After the change:

If you have an account saved on our site, you will have to reset your password. Just click on "forgot password" when logging in to reset it.

If you are using a gift certificate, please email us at info@sweetmarias.com after placing your order to apply your credit.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.