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  1. A Second Look at 4 Ethiopian Coffees

    A Second Look at 4 Ethiopian Coffees

    We took a second look (and taste!) at 4 Ethiopian coffees from our 20% off sale.

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  2. Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

    Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

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  3. Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    A few fairly low tech clips and some thoughts on coffee processing and coffee buying in Guatemala.

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  4. Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    How we grade for the quality of our dry process coffees

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  5. Coffee Tasting At Sweet Maria's - Feb. 28th

    Coffee Tasting At Sweet Maria's - Feb. 28th

    Sign up and taste the difference between coffees roasted in different machines

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  6. New Postcards. Quakers: Resistant to Roast

    New Postcards. Quakers: Resistant to Roast

    Our new postcards. Look for one in your next order.

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  7. Podcast Episode #22 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2

    Podcast Episode #22 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2

    Part 2 of 2 - Continuing the talk about the coffee supply chain and other topics

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  8. Six Under Six - July 2018

    Six Under Six - July 2018

    Six great coffees. All under six bucks.

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  9. Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Part 1 of 2 - Talking about the coffee supply chain among other topics

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  10. Podcast Episodes 19 & 20: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    Podcast Episodes 19 & 20: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    A while back we had Mary Maina Manyeki visit us in Oakland, and had a great conversation about her experiences as a Kenya coffee farmer.

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  11. The New Postcard

    The New Postcard

    We are really proud of our latest postcard because it captures an aspect of one of Tom's photographic projects; shooting realistic macro photos of coffee beans.

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  12. Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    The ultimate order-ahead-of-time-pre-holiday-non-procrastinator-thing-you-can-buy-from-us-right-now

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  1. Kenya Coffee Grades

    Kenya Coffee Grades

    A geeky macro video of the various grades and types of Kenya coffee. Some of this information can apply to wet processed coffee elsewhere too! -Tom

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  2. Import Partners and Direct Trade

    Import Partners and Direct Trade

    If you've ever visited our warehouse, you may have noticed coffee bags with logos other than the "Sweet Maria's", or our sister wholesale business "Coffee Shrub" logos.

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  3. Lost and Found Coffee

    Lost and Found Coffee

    Some recommendations to replace our recently out of stock coffees

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  4. Out with the new, in with the newer!

    Out with the new, in with the newer!

    Regular harvests make Colombia a truly unique coffee producing country.

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  5. Sweet Maria's Product Guide: Roasted & Green Coffee Storage

    Sweet Maria's Product Guide: Roasted & Green Coffee Storage

    ...because you gotta put it somewhere.

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  6. Bag it up! How Our Customers Package Their Roasts

    Bag it up! How Our Customers Package Their Roasts

    How Do You Package Your Coffee?

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  7. Podcast: Coffee Cultivation in Colombia PART 2

    Podcast: Coffee Cultivation in Colombia PART 2

    The second half of a pair of audio recordings from Tom's Skype conversation with Leonardo Henao who works with many Colombian Farmers.

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  8. Podcast: Coffee Cultivation in Colombia PART 1

    Podcast: Coffee Cultivation in Colombia PART 1

    The first half of a pair of audio recordings from Tom's Skype conversation with Leonardo Henao who works with many Colombian Farmers.

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  9. Kenya Postcards

    Kenya Postcards

    You might have one by now but we thought we'd tell you about them them anyways.

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  10. Sumatra Aceh Mandheling Preparation Notes

    Sumatra Aceh Mandheling Preparation Notes

    Just some quick comments on the benefits to pre-sort this lot of Sumatra before roasting

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  11. 2015 SCAA wrap up

    2015 SCAA wrap up

    Tim, our product buyer just got back from the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event/trade show in Seattle.

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  12. The Amazing Spider Graphs

    The Amazing Spider Graphs

    ...fighting the crime of buying bad coffee

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  13. Adios! We're Out! Hooray!

    Adios! We're Out! Hooray!

    No more Centrals, and that's a good thing.

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  14. New Postcards...With a Lot of Information About Dry Processing

    New Postcards...With a Lot of Information About Dry Processing

    It's much more than just dehydration.

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  15. Roasted Coffee Macro Images

    Roasted Coffee Macro Images

    This photo gallery has a collection of extreme close ups of roasted coffee beans.

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  16. Podcast: Ferment in Colombia with Leo

    Podcast: Ferment in Colombia with Leo

    Breaking down coffee...literally

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  17. Podcast: The Burundi Coffee System

    Podcast: The Burundi Coffee System

    We hope you enjoy Tom's reflections on Burundi's coffee industry, production systems, colonial history, co-ops and other organizations.

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  18. Podcast: Processing Coffee at Gitesi, Rwanda

    Podcast: Processing Coffee at Gitesi, Rwanda

    Here's what happens to coffee before it leaves Gitesi station

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  19. Holey Bags, Batman!

    Holey Bags, Batman!

    Why we put holes in bags and some storage tips.

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  20. The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

    The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

    New gear for your kitchen counter.

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