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  1. Rwanda Mutovu Video Tour: Incremental Improvements, a Competition-Level Cup

    Rwanda Mutovu Video Tour: Incremental Improvements, a Competition-Level Cup

    Small improvements at Rwanda Mutovu washing station has led to a consistent, competition-level coffee.

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  2. Burundi Crop 2020 is Here!

    Burundi Crop 2020 is Here!

    New crop Burundi is hitting the list. We wanted to highlight the country and why we love this coffee so much!

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  3. Rwanda Kageyo : Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Infrastructure Project

    Rwanda Kageyo : Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Infrastructure Project

    We're helping fund a buildout at the Kageyo station and you can help too!

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  4. Honduras: Coffee Sourcing Challenges

    Honduras: Coffee Sourcing Challenges

    While we may have struggled to find a consistent source in Honduras, we continue to come up with good coffee. Find out how.

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  5. Flores as Espresso:  Manu Lalu Coop Lot

    Flores as Espresso: Manu Lalu Coop Lot

    Wet process Flores makes fantastic single origin espresso. Have a look at our cupping notes.

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  6. Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

    Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

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  7. Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    This is a list of coffee varieties / cultivars found in Aceh and more broadly in Sumatra, Indonesia

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  8. Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    A Sumatra travelogue in photographs, focused on Aceh area around Lake Tawar and Takengon town

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  9. Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Thoughts on Acehnese coffee and the trading system here, written from Banda Aceh, October 2019.

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  10. Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    An inside look at Fair Trade and Organic Certifications

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  11. Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

    Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

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  12. Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    The appearance of green coffee from Indonesia can be jarring, especially if you’re used to washed beans from Africa or Central America. Why, many ask, does a Grade 1 Sumatra lack uniformity of color and/or bean size?

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  1. Talking About Roasting: Mark Michaelson, Onyx Coffee Lab 

    Talking About Roasting: Mark Michaelson, Onyx Coffee Lab 

    I was so excited to get a roast of the Ethiopia Deri Kochoha from Mark Michaelson of Onyx Coffee Labs in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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  2. Can We Talk? 

    Can We Talk? 

    This past July we hosted our Sweet Talking tasting up at the Four Barrel training space.

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  3. Talking About Roasting: Tuli Keidar, Mecca. Sydney, AUS 

    Talking About Roasting: Tuli Keidar, Mecca. Sydney, AUS 

    A while back now I got some correspondence from Tuli inquiring about roasting on a Probat UG-22 as well as a G90.

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  4. Cleaning Out the Squirrel Cage 

    Cleaning Out the Squirrel Cage 

    I am one that does't typically believe everything I hear.

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  5. Talking About Roasting: Amanda Daley, Fable Coffee

    Talking About Roasting: Amanda Daley, Fable Coffee

    I am endlessly curious about how people end up being coffee roasters, how they got the bug, and what kinds of journeys the craft has taken them on.

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  6. L12: Finding my Bearings 

    L12: Finding my Bearings 

    Getting started with a new (to me) roaster means I have to get down and dirty with it before I get too deep in production.

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  7. Sweet Talking

    Sweet Talking

    We were lucky to have Four Barrel Coffee host Shrub and a bunch of other Bay Area roasters at their training facility on Friday July 18th to talk all sweet to each other about roasting.

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  8. Fundamentals: Roasting Dry Processed Coffees

    Fundamentals: Roasting Dry Processed Coffees

    Dry processed coffees are becoming fruitier and fruitier.

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  9. Shrubs straight from KCMO

    Shrubs straight from KCMO

    In an attempt to shorten shipping times as well as shrink shipping rates throughout the midwest as well as to the East Coast, we will beginning shipping select coffees out of the Paris Brothers warehouse in Kansas City, MO.

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  10. Ethiopia Madness…and MANY more to come! (

    Ethiopia Madness…and MANY more to come! (

    Yes, that's correct, we have more Ethiopia coffee hitting the list very soon - like next week "very soon".

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  11. Video: Hand Cupping: New Ideas in Coffee 

    Video: Hand Cupping: New Ideas in Coffee 

    Serious discussion about adding a new dimension to the coffee evaluation technique, hand cupping.

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  12. From '93 to Infinity

    From '93 to Infinity

    We've been incredibly happy with our Rwanda offerings this year.

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  13. A Look at Our 3 Decafs 

    A Look at Our 3 Decafs 

    Each time we send off new coffees for decaffeination at the Swiss Water Process factory like antelope sprinting across the prairie, we're looking carefully through our coffees for great candidates and new possible blends.

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  14. Cupping the Shrub Rwandas at Roast House 

    Cupping the Shrub Rwandas at Roast House 

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  15. Coffee Shrub's recent visit to Food Craft Institute in Oakland

    Coffee Shrub's recent visit to Food Craft Institute in Oakland

    Last Saturday, March 8th, Sweet Maria's/Coffee Shrub taught a class in the Food Craft Institute’s Coffee Bar 101 course series.

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  16. Carry on through with two new Guatemalan coffees

    Carry on through with two new Guatemalan coffees

    Shopping around for a current-crop Guatemalan coffee that cups 'fresh' is a tall order this time of year.

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  17. A Look at our 3 Rwandas: Updated!

    A Look at our 3 Rwandas: Updated!

    The coffee from Rwanda are exceptionally versatile.

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  18. Blending Resources (and Resourceful Blending!)

    Blending Resources (and Resourceful Blending!)

    There are several reasons roasters make blending a regular practice as well as a regular part of their menu.

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  19. Cuptoberfest on video! Now you can live it too!

    Cuptoberfest on video! Now you can live it too!

    This past October we hosted a cupping at the Sweet Maria's compound in West Oakland that was attended by roasters from all over the Bay Area

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  20. Talking About Roasting: Darren Smith

    Talking About Roasting: Darren Smith

    Darren Smith from Sumas Mountain Coffee Co. and I have been exchanging some thoughts about roast levels, roast logs, and one of the shrub coffees that he recently picked up from us.

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