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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Daterra: Not Just Another Coffee Farm

    Daterra: Not Just Another Coffee Farm

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

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

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Jan - Feb 2002: Big Differences and Dumb Details

    Jan - Feb 2002: Big Differences and Dumb Details

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  14. 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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  15. 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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