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  1. Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Tom's thoughts and various experiences from his recent travels in Kafa, Ethiopia, near the town of Bonga.

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  2. Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    A post from the road ... about our trip through southern and western Ethiopia coffee lands in late 2018.

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  3. Uganda Like This Coffee

    Uganda Like This Coffee

    Coffee from western Uganda has typically been low grade commercial quality. But potential is there...

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  4. Sulawesi and the Sumatra Effect.

    Sulawesi and the Sumatra Effect.

    Some thoughts on Suluwesi and Indonesia in general while traveling there...

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  5. 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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  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. Farm Gate Coffee™

    Farm Gate Coffee™

    Farm Gate Coffee is the name we give to our direct trade coffee buying program. Farm Gate pricing means that we have negotiated a price directly with the farmer "at the farm gate," that is, without any of the confusing export and import fees.

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  8. 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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  9. Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Sweet Maria's customer jumps into his own coffee business

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  10. 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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  11. Lost and Found Coffee

    Lost and Found Coffee

    Some recommendations to replace our recently out of stock coffees

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  12. 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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  1. The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

    The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

    New gear for your kitchen counter.

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  2. 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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  3. Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrub backed its way into selling green coffee to roasters.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Thoughts on the market

    Thoughts on the market

    Coffee is about to get so ridiculously expensive.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. History of Coffee Chart

    History of Coffee Chart

    I had to seam this image together, so I am not sure how legible it is.

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  10. Gesha - is it all that?

    Gesha - is it all that?

    I guess being the most celebrated coffee of a celebrated cultivar has its downside.

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  11. Coffee Cultivar Conversation in Panama 2009

    Coffee Cultivar Conversation in Panama 2009

    At the Best of Panama competition, a very interesting conversation about coffee varietals ...

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  12. Crazy coffee tasting competition at scaa.

    Crazy coffee tasting competition at scaa.

    So this coffee taster competition (SCAA US Cup Taster's Championship!) seemed ridiculous and I dismissed it out of hand

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  13. $caa in hotlanta

    $caa in hotlanta

    In a way, I wonder why I go. I count among the disaffected, I suppose.

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  14. Darleen Scherer from Gorilla Coffee and yo 

    Darleen Scherer from Gorilla Coffee and yo 

    Somebody apparently got hold of my camera and took a few shots.

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  15. A post from Rwanda

    A post from Rwanda

    I always prefer to have the cuppings in the coffee areas, as opposed to the big city.

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  16. Roasters Guild Retreat 2008 SCAA (Page 2)

    Roasters Guild Retreat 2008 SCAA (Page 2)

    This was one of the smallest Roaster Guild Retreats, with about 100 participants.

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  17. Will we all be embarrassed?

    Will we all be embarrassed?

    Do you put on one leather glove in order to make an espresso? I don't.

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  18. Cafcom Coffee Lab, Guatemala 

    Cafcom Coffee Lab, Guatemala 

    The monitor over the cupping table is an instant feed of the New York C Market.

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  19. Mr. Duane Sorenson 

    Mr. Duane Sorenson 

    And my sole travel buddy on this trip, Mr Duane from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland and Seattle.

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  20. Coffee Conference Melancholia

    Coffee Conference Melancholia

    It is time once again for the SCAA convention, this time down in happening Long Beach, CA.

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