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  1. Intro to Home Roasting Class

    Intro to Home Roasting Class

    Sign up for this roasting basics class. It's going to be a lot of fun.

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  2. Storing Your Roasted Coffee

    Storing Your Roasted Coffee

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  3. Pasquini Espresso Equipment

    Pasquini Espresso Equipment

    We have decided not to continue stocking the Livia, or other Pasquini items. This page remains here as a snapshot of what we thought about the Livia (still, a very nice espresso machine!)

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  4. Proper Pants for Coffee Travels?

    Proper Pants for Coffee Travels?

    Tom's take on on the right pants...more than just protection from ants.

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  5. Coming Soon - The Victorio Stovetop Popper for Coffee Roasting

    Coming Soon - The Victorio Stovetop Popper for Coffee Roasting

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  6. Noah Saves a Hummingbird

    Noah Saves a Hummingbird

    No, it's not a children's book. It's the real life tale of Noah, the hummingbird savior.

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  7. Got Dog Jokes for the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar?

    Got Dog Jokes for the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar?

    The 2018 Dogs of Coffee Calendar needs your funny dog jokes and riddles.

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  8. Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

    Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

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  9. Our 20/20/20 Sale! 20% off 20 coffees because we are 20.

    Our 20/20/20 Sale! 20% off 20 coffees because we are 20.

    We are 20 years old, so take 20% off

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  10. Indonesia: A Live Talk with Thompson Owen - CANCELLED

    Indonesia: A Live Talk with Thompson Owen - CANCELLED

    Tom's got a slideshow and some great stories to share about his travels to Indonesia

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  11. Sweet Maria's is Hiring

    Sweet Maria's is Hiring

    We are looking for someone to join our customer service team.

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  12. Send Your Pet Photos to the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar Casting Call

    Send Your Pet Photos to the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar Casting Call

    Want to have your pet appear in the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar?

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Bad Bags and Bag Weights

Bad Bags and Bag Weights

Well, this isn't the most interesting topic in the world but I wanted to post about some recent issues we've been having with our ziploc bags and how we weigh the coffee into these bags.

First, we use standard 4 mil zip poly bags in 3 main sizes, 5X8 (1lbs), 6X10 (2lbs), and 9X12 (5lbs).  These are low-cost bags manufactured in Asia and our suppliers are constantly brokering deals with their suppliers to keep prices low while maintaining good quality.  This doesn't always happen the way we wish it would and sometimes the bags we get are not up to snuff, so we stop using them and return them.  This is to make sure that we are packing your coffee into bags that have strongs zips and side welds to keep the beans where they are supposed to be and not rolling around the box we ship them in.  Currently we are on our fourth supplier in as many years in an ongoing effort to keep the bag quality high and the cost low.  We aren't that excited about having to use poly bags in the first place, since they are not the most environmentally friendly option, but they are the best low-cost option which helps us keep prices reasonable.

Second, we use automated weigh and fill machines with a vibrating chute that funnels coffee into a hopper connected to a load cell.  This load cell accurately weighs the coffee within a fraction of an ounce.  Recently some customers have noticed that some of their 1 pound bags weigh slightly more or less than 1 pound.  This is because the beans don't always stop on command when the machine reaches the desired weight.  Sometimes a few extra beans will roll into the hopper and sometimes the vibration stops too soon and not enough beans reach the hopper.  We are talking about 10-20 beans here.  So, we adjusted the 1 pound program to weigh out 1.01 lbs to hopefully ensure that no one ever receives a bag that is slightly under.  I told you it wasn't the most compelling topic in the world, but there you go...the mind numbingly boring, yet crucially important process of taking big bags of coffee and making them in to little bags of coffee.