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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Six Under Six - July 2018

    Six Under Six - July 2018

    Six great coffees. All under six bucks.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. New Macro Videos

    New Macro Videos

    An inside look at parchment coffee and Kenyan coffee grades

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  1. Podcast Episode 5: Local Coffee Price and Competition

    Podcast Episode 5: Local Coffee Price and Competition

    During a trip to Guatemala, Tom recorded his thoughts on the coffee market.

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  2. Sweet Maria's Product Guide: Green Coffee Samplers

    Sweet Maria's Product Guide: Green Coffee Samplers

    Variety is the spice of...our samplers

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  3. Arrival Date

    Arrival Date

    Ever wonder what we mean by "Arrival Date" in reviews? Here's our attempt to clarify!

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  4. Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrub backed its way into selling green coffee to roasters.

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  5. Roasting Fundamentals: Decafs

    Roasting Fundamentals: Decafs

    A really great decaf shouldn't taste all too differently than before it was processed for decaf.

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  6. Keeping it Fresh

    Keeping it Fresh

    The coffee storage science experiment.

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  7. Natural Coffee: Part 2

    Natural Coffee: Part 2

    Take a detailed look at the differences between dry processed and wet processed coffee.

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  8. Tasting: Cupping vs. Filtered Brewing

    Tasting: Cupping vs. Filtered Brewing

    tasting differences in two roasts, and then tasting the differences in the same coffees via different methods

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  9. Origin of Potato Defect in Rwanda Coffee

    Origin of Potato Defect in Rwanda Coffee

    Last year Aleco and I were traveling in Rwanda, and made a shocking discovery in the Western district of Nyamasheke.

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  10. Here's what first crack looks like

    Here's what first crack looks like

    It's hard to see the actual crack happen when you are properly roasting coffee and your beans are rapidly moving around inside of your roaster.

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  11. Theft: Side Effect of High Coffee Prices

    Theft: Side Effect of High Coffee Prices

    I had sent this tweet last night: "Stolen: Container of coffee. Where: Guatemala. Contents: Sweet Maria's and Stumptown coffees. Description: Big metal box. Call me if found."

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  12. March 2011: The Lean Times; Coffee Research, What's Next?

    March 2011: The Lean Times; Coffee Research, What's Next?

    We get an occasional customer who resists the preponderance of information on our web site that coffee is, indeed, an agricultural product.

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  13. Thoughts on the market

    Thoughts on the market

    Coffee is about to get so ridiculously expensive.

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  14. Pay Up, Coffee Guy.

    Pay Up, Coffee Guy.

    With the NYBOT coffee market at historic highs, things have become very difficult when sourcing coffee at origin.

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  15. Sweet Maria's Spider Graphs

    Sweet Maria's Spider Graphs

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  16. Sweet Maria's Emailer 9/28/2018

    Sweet Maria's Emailer 9/28/2018

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  17. Small Quality-Obsessed Coffee Roasters On the Rise!

    Small Quality-Obsessed Coffee Roasters On the Rise!

    It's the basic premise of "God in a Cup" the gawd-awful book about personality-driven business.

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  18. 2010 SCAA Coffee of the Year: Carlos Imbachi Wins Again!

    2010 SCAA Coffee of the Year: Carlos Imbachi Wins Again!

    Our Carlos Imbachi coffee (Finca Buenavista, San Augustin, Huila) just won the SCAA Coffee of the Year, AGAIN!

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  19. Maui Moka 11 Screen

    Maui Moka 11 Screen

    Maui Moka 11 Screen next to a Nic Pacamara Natural 17-21 screen. Like a Chihuahua and a Mastiff together.

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  20. Coffee Damage under UV Light

    Coffee Damage under UV Light

    Ultraviolet light is useful to see problems with coffee like mold and bacteria, but these are things that affect low grade lots that are already quite damaged.

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