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    The Bullet R1 Meet Up. Video & Highlights

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  2. The Victorio Stainless Steel Stovepops Have Arrived

    The Victorio Stainless Steel Stovepops Have Arrived

    The best stovetop popper for coffee.

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    Product Guide: Sample Sets - New Additions

    Different ways to get more of the coffee you want, for less.

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    Product Guide: Sweet Maria's Sample Sets

    Flavor variety or flavor precision. Whatever you are into, these are for you.

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  5. New Arrivals: Kayon Mountain Farm - Two Ways

    New Arrivals: Kayon Mountain Farm - Two Ways

    Two Ethiopia Shakiso coffees side by side

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  6. New Arrivals: Brazil

    New Arrivals: Brazil

    Nutty, chocolaty and great for an espresso base

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  7. Start 2016 Off Right With Some Great Ethiopian Coffee

    Start 2016 Off Right With Some Great Ethiopian Coffee

    What a selection!

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  8. New Guatemalan and Colombian Arrivals

    New Guatemalan and Colombian Arrivals

    ...all great for espresso too!

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  9. Four New Coffees from Colombia, Costa Rica and Ethiopia

    Four New Coffees from Colombia, Costa Rica and Ethiopia

    ...all packed with more flavor than you can handle.

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  10. A Variety of Seven New Arrivals

    A Variety of Seven New Arrivals

    Most of these are excellent for espresso!

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  11. New Arrivals for Oct 9th

    New Arrivals for Oct 9th

    Seven new coffees for the 9th.

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  12. Five New Offerings From Colombia, Java and Rwanda

    Five New Offerings From Colombia, Java and Rwanda

    excellent offerings from Colombia, Java and Rwanda

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The Boat Came in, Again.

The boat came in, again. While we continue to run out of early-season lots, later arrivals (and a new crop of Indonesia Java) have emerged. I know there's a lot of coffees coming in but I would loathe "pacing out" these arrivals artificially, since what we do here at SM is simply a reflection of the coffee crop cycle, and what small, outstanding lots of new crop coffee we can source. Guatemala FTO Quiche - Maya Ixil is a milder, lower acid Central with a really nice milk chocolate and fruit character. A sleeper "generic" Colombia Excelso 13356 ... hey, cup quality is wherever you find it, with or without estate or micro-regional pedigree. Here's a completely wild and even questionable coffee, but I had to put it out there: Ethiopia FTO DP Lekempti. The review explains why. And on the flip side, that heavy-body, tame-flavored new crop Java Government Estate Djampit is here. If you are overstocked on green, just put down the credit card and roll back from that computer ... these lots will be here at least a couple months. - Tom

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