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  1. Intro to Home Roasting Class

    Intro to Home Roasting Class

    Sign up for this roasting basics class. It's going to be a lot of fun.

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  2. Storing Your Roasted Coffee

    Storing Your Roasted Coffee

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  3. Pasquini Espresso Equipment

    Pasquini Espresso Equipment

    We have decided not to continue stocking the Livia, or other Pasquini items. This page remains here as a snapshot of what we thought about the Livia (still, a very nice espresso machine!)

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  4. Proper Pants for Coffee Travels?

    Proper Pants for Coffee Travels?

    Tom's take on on the right pants...more than just protection from ants.

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  5. Coming Soon - The Victorio Stovetop Popper for Coffee Roasting

    Coming Soon - The Victorio Stovetop Popper for Coffee Roasting

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    Noah Saves a Hummingbird

    No, it's not a children's book. It's the real life tale of Noah, the hummingbird savior.

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  7. Got Dog Jokes for the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar?

    Got Dog Jokes for the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar?

    The 2018 Dogs of Coffee Calendar needs your funny dog jokes and riddles.

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  8. Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

    Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

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  9. Our 20/20/20 Sale! 20% off 20 coffees because we are 20.

    Our 20/20/20 Sale! 20% off 20 coffees because we are 20.

    We are 20 years old, so take 20% off

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  10. Indonesia: A Live Talk with Thompson Owen - CANCELLED

    Indonesia: A Live Talk with Thompson Owen - CANCELLED

    Tom's got a slideshow and some great stories to share about his travels to Indonesia

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  11. Sweet Maria's is Hiring

    Sweet Maria's is Hiring

    We are looking for someone to join our customer service team.

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  12. Send Your Pet Photos to the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar Casting Call

    Send Your Pet Photos to the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar Casting Call

    Want to have your pet appear in the 2018 Sweet Maria's Calendar?

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Cupping California

Cupping California

On August 9th, Sweet Maria's was one of a number of sponsors of Cupping California, an event organized by Sprudge.com in the cafe/outdoor sculture garden of  San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. Although it was aimed at the local coffee community, the event was open to anyone that had a ticket to the museum that day so it was a mix of the usual coffee folks and other random people.   We helped set up before the event and contributed two roasts that were sampled next to some of California's best roasted coffees. 42 coffees, 17 roasters, 175 people...that's a lot of coffee and people in the same room.

It seemed a bit crazy at times, more like performance art than coffee really.  What's it like to swap spit with 175 people? A bit weird. 

It was lovely though -  the setting was exquisite, perched next to a beautiful cityscape, with great artwork just steps away to escape to.  I did not taste the coffees myself: there was a big line and it felt weird to follow in so many assorted people and share the same cups. One of our staff overhead the best comment though in the elevator on the way down: "I didn't want to wait 20 minutes for a cup of coffee."