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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. Fruit or Ferment?

    Fruit or Ferment?

    I thought I had a good idea of what a fermented taint was but with discussions here and there...

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  2. Is it Coffee?

    Is it Coffee?

    There are laws concerning the maximum number of defects per 300 gram sample of coffee allowable to import into the U.S.

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  3. Where are we at with Harrar?

    Where are we at with Harrar?

    A Question from the Home Roast List

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  4. Guatemala Travels in 2006.

    Guatemala Travels in 2006.

    I went to the 2006 Guatemala Cup of Excellence, and instead of flying I just shared a minivan with the Stumptowners. This is an extra boring set of photos...

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  5. El Salvador Travels: Cup of Excellence -2006

    El Salvador Travels: Cup of Excellence -2006

    I slacked off after my quadruple header of Central Cup of Excellences, but here's a bunch of boring photos on a coffee competition. ;-<

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  6. Burlap Coffee Bags

    Burlap Coffee Bags

    The 60 Kg and 70 Kg burlap (jute) or sisal bags that coffee comes in are really neat.

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  7. Why Should You Know Giling Basah?

    Why Should You Know Giling Basah?

    In the Bahasa language of Indonesia, Giling Basah means "wet hulled." That's not very exciting by any measure, but it refers to a part of the coffee process that is specific to Indonesia and creates a signature flavor.

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  8. I went to the SCAA in Seattle and all I got was this lousy pen

    I went to the SCAA in Seattle and all I got was this lousy pen

    I came in just after noon, checked in to the Crowne Plaza (the extra "e" means it's fancy, too fancy for me at least) and successfully avoided the SCAA show for the remainder of the day.

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  9. Robusta

    Robusta

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  10. St. Helena:  The Forgotten Coffee

    St. Helena: The Forgotten Coffee

    Well, a sample of the latest shipment from St. Helena has come in, and the the news is not good.

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  11. Daterra: Not Just Another Coffee Farm

    Daterra: Not Just Another Coffee Farm

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  12. Cupping: A tasting technique for coffee

    Cupping: A tasting technique for coffee

    Cupping has several varied meanings, among them a technique for draining boils using heated glass cups, a painful attack on the male person, and, perhaps most grotesque, a procedure to taste coffee.

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  13. Jaramillo coffee from Hacienda La Esmeralda

    Jaramillo coffee from Hacienda La Esmeralda

    Sweet Maria's was one of 7 companies that shared the winning lot of coffee in the 2004 Panama Coffee Competition.

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  14. Origins of Gesha Coffee ... I mean Gecha, I mean Gorei ...

    Origins of Gesha Coffee ... I mean Gecha, I mean Gorei ...

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  15. Nicaragua Cup of Excellence 2003

    Nicaragua Cup of Excellence 2003

    I can't remember, but this might have been the first time I was on a jury for the Cup of Excellence. Previously, I had been to the Panama competitions. This was held in Matagalpa.

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  16. Probat L12 Gas-fired Coffee Roaster

    Probat L12 Gas-fired Coffee Roaster

    Ever since we moved back to Emeryville, California from Ohio, I dearly missed having a full-size shop roaster.

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  17. Jan - Feb 2002: Big Differences and Dumb Details

    Jan - Feb 2002: Big Differences and Dumb Details

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  18. Our Coffee Shipment Departing the Isle of St. Helen, 2001 crop

    Our Coffee Shipment Departing the Isle of St. Helen, 2001 crop

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  19. Our coffee shipment on the way from the Isle of St. Helena.

    Our coffee shipment on the way from the Isle of St. Helena.

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  20. Sweet Maria's Coffee Cupping Reviews Archive: pre-2000 Archive

    Sweet Maria's Coffee Cupping Reviews Archive: pre-2000 Archive

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