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  1. The Return of Ethiopiques

    The Return of Ethiopiques

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  2. 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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  3. Burundi + Rwanda Coffee Tasting

    Burundi + Rwanda Coffee Tasting

    Another great event at our warehouse on 9/27

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

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

    Brewing coffee leaf tea

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  5. All About Coffee Brewing

    All About Coffee Brewing

    Sign up for our coffee brewing crash course

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  6. Espresso Basics & More

    Espresso Basics & More

    Sign up for our espresso basics class

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Bright Coffee

    Bright Coffee

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

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  11. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    A few coffees where chocolate notes take the spotlight.

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  12. 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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El Salvador Cascara vs Yemen Qishr

El Salvador Cascara vs Yemen Qishr

 

Once in a while, the staff at Sweet Maria's takes a few minutes to come together and taste a coffee as a group and compare notes. Recently, we got together to compare Sweet Maria's unusual offerings of tea. Our El Salvador Cascara and Yemen Qishr were tasted side by side and each proved to be very unique. The Qishr came off as the more subtle contender while the Cascara was a bit more bold, super fruity, juicy. Our staff discovered spicy hints of jamaica, hibiscus, tamarind and fruit in general.

We found that adding a bit of honey changed the taste dramatically and made us curious as to what a little cream would bring (we don't normally have cream/creamer/milk around here). Curious? There are a lot possibilities...cream, sugar, cooking, sauces, baking, beer brewing....and iced tea!

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