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  1. 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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  2. Coffee Tasting at Sweet Maria's - Nov. 16th

    Coffee Tasting at Sweet Maria's - Nov. 16th

    Sign up for our upcoming tasting event.

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  3. What The He — Is Jasmine?

    What The He — Is Jasmine?

    So, what is the taste and smell of jasmine? Yirgacheffes often have the most clear-cut jasmine notes of any coffee, but...

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  4. Bright Coffee

    Bright Coffee

    Here's a few coffees with exciting, snappy, zingy, citrusy, tart, vibrant notes

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  5. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    A few coffees where chocolate notes take the spotlight.

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  6. Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

    Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

    This is a very educational exercise you can easily try at home.

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  7. Sugar Cupping

    Sugar Cupping

    Sometimes tasting something that isn't coffee can help you learn more about what your coffee tastes like.

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  8. Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    I recently caught glimpse of this and found it very thought-provoking.

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  9. Taste and Price: When Values Shift - DUPLICATE

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift - DUPLICATE

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  10. Podcast:More About Coffee Lexicons

    Podcast:More About Coffee Lexicons

    Cupping and talking about the taste lexicon of coffee with Tom and Chris Schooley

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  11. Podcast: Tasting and Coffee Lexicons

    Podcast: Tasting and Coffee Lexicons

    Describing the basic flavors of coffee.

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  12. 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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  1. Sweet Maria's Spider Graphs

    Sweet Maria's Spider Graphs

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  2. El Salvador Cascara vs Yemen Qishr

    El Salvador Cascara vs Yemen Qishr

    Recently, Sweet Maria's staff got together to compare our unusual offerings of tea.

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  3. Drinking vs. Tasting

    Drinking vs. Tasting

    I come back to this thought very often, the difference between tasting or cupping coffee and drinking it.

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  4. Teaching to Taste

    Teaching to Taste

    The famous non-attributable quote goes “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”.

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  5. an odd day of cupping ...

    an odd day of cupping ...

    It can be rough to cup mixed tables of coffee in one day, or mixed flights.

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  6. Cupping Sumatrans With Brasilians

    Cupping Sumatrans With Brasilians

    Bruno and Chiago came by, two real Minieros ...ie coffee guys from smack dab in the center of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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  7. The Evolution of Sweet Maria's Cupping Descriptions

    The Evolution of Sweet Maria's Cupping Descriptions

    I want to lay out my reasons for changing this system – why I think it is better and will lead to more accuracy in the scores.

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  8. Cupping in Quick Time

    Cupping in Quick Time

    I took this movie at 1 fps in Peru at the "Concurso de Cafe de Calidad" this past week. It starts in round 2 with cupping,...

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  9. 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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  10. Sensory Evaluation of Coffee

    Sensory Evaluation of Coffee

    To define and understand the benefit of sensory evaluation, the scientific discipline which looks at how we evoke, measure and interpret the characteristics of food and materials as they are perceived by our senses.

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  11. 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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  12. Costa Rica La Minita Cupping '01-'04 crops

    Costa Rica La Minita Cupping '01-'04 crops

    Okay, here are the results of Mike McGuiness' samples of 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 Costa Rica La Minita samples. First off, the samples were perfectly roasted! Great roast for cupping and very uniform.

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  13. The Coffee -Wine Comparison

    The Coffee -Wine Comparison

    Coffee seems like a straightforward topic, at least it did when you bought coffee in a can, dissolved it in hot water, (clenched your jaw) and slogged it down.

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  14. Cupping Indian Coffees at Mr. Espresso's Roasting Plant

    Cupping Indian Coffees at Mr. Espresso's Roasting Plant

    I attended a local (Bay Area) cupping in early April that was interesting in two aspects: we cupped some very nice Indian coffees that I never had access to before, and we did it at Mr. Espresso, a wholesale roaster that uses unique Italian wood-fired coffee roasters.

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  15. How We Select Our Green Coffees

    How We Select Our Green Coffees

    We request many, many samples from the East Coast and West Coast distributors we use, to the point where I am a bit embarassed.

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  16. The Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel

    The Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel

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  17. Tourist in a Taste Lab By Patricia Gadsby

    Tourist in a Taste Lab By Patricia Gadsby

    The brain is the mastermind of flavor but tongues are where it starts - and some are far more sensitive than others.

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  18. Sweet Maria's Rated in Coffee Review Sept '99

    Sweet Maria's Rated in Coffee Review Sept '99

    Two of Sweet Maria's roasted coffees were rated in Coffee Review.

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