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    The Return of our Limited Edition Holiday Blend

    Check out our brew assessment of our limited edition Polar Expresso Holiday Blend. Made up of all washed African coffees, how could you go wrong?

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  2. The Return of Ethiopiques

    The Return of Ethiopiques

    Along with the slew of incoming fresh Ethiopian coffee comes the return of our always popular Ethiopiques blend.

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  3. A Pair of Ethiopias, Cold Brewed with a Bruer.

    A Pair of Ethiopias, Cold Brewed with a Bruer.

    Cold brew coffee can have more tastes than just caramel and chocolate.

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  4. Burundi + Rwanda Coffee Tasting

    Burundi + Rwanda Coffee Tasting

    Another great event at our warehouse on 9/27

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  5. Video: Coffee Leaf Tea - ቁጢ , Kuti, Keti, Koti

    Video: Coffee Leaf Tea - ቁጢ , Kuti, Keti, Koti

    Brewing coffee leaf tea

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  6. All About Coffee Brewing

    All About Coffee Brewing

    Sign up for our coffee brewing crash course

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  7. Espresso Basics & More

    Espresso Basics & More

    Sign up for our espresso basics class

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. What The He — Is Jasmine?

    What The He — Is Jasmine?

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  11. Bright Coffee

    Bright Coffee

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

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  12. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    A few coffees where chocolate notes take the spotlight.

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Drinking vs. Tasting

Drinking vs. Tasting

I come back to this thought very often, the difference between tasting or cupping coffee and drinking it.  I spend most of my time cupping, really thinking about what I am tasting, holding the coffee in my mouth and thinking about what makes it unique.  Sometimes, rarely, I just drink it. That is probably the opposite of what most folks do!  I thought I would post a link to this You Tube video again - Drinking Coffee vs. Tasting Coffee. I made and posted that video over a year ago - but it is a crucial point that I think of over and over again. -  Tom

  1. John
    October 6, 2018
    Hi Tom,

    I just stumbled on your website today and it's a wealth of info. Thanks for sharing! I'm a coffee lover but I feel like I still have a lot to learn and I want to take it to the next level. Recently I'm particularly interested in learning how to articulate or describe coffee flavors when I'm tasting/drinking. This morning I had a cup of Americano at Mission Coffee in Fremont and the only thing I knew was that it tasted like a coffee I had at Peregrine in DC and they both had distinctive flavors. I wish I could describe what I tasted. I guess I'll just have to keep drinking and maybe focus on single flavors first and later learn more complex flavor combinations.

    Cheers,
    John
  2. Byron from Sweet Maria's Coffee
    October 10, 2018
    John, you are on the right track. Keep drinking different coffees and don't forget to actually enjoy them! You can also take a look at SCA's flavor wheel and the charts that we use on our coffee pages to give yourself an idea of how to separate the flavors your are tasting.
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