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  1. You Asked. We Answered.

    You Asked. We Answered.

    Miss the live show? Watch the re-run.

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  2. Blog: These Weird Times

    Blog: These Weird Times

    Thoughts on the economic impact of the virus on the coffee trade, and what's happening at our warehouse too.

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  3. POSTPONED - Online Event - Sensory Series 101 - March 18th

    POSTPONED - Online Event - Sensory Series 101 - March 18th

    Join us online and compare coffee flavors to familiar foods and drinks

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  4. Roast Level Chart: Download our Card

    Roast Level Chart: Download our Card

    Check your next order for this informative postcard or download it here.

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  5. Holidays are Here...Like NOW.

    Holidays are Here...Like NOW.

    ...like for reals.

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  6. Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    The ultimate order-ahead-of-time pre-holiday non-procrastinator stocking-stuffer

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  7. Oct. 27th. Two Bay Area Coffee Demos in One Day.

    Oct. 27th. Two Bay Area Coffee Demos in One Day.

    Join us in Oakland or Berkeley on 10/27.

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  8. Send a Pic of Your Pet for our 2020 Calendar

    Send a Pic of Your Pet for our 2020 Calendar

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  9. Six under Six - July 2019

    Six under Six - July 2019

    Six delicious coffees for under six dollars.

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  10. Discussion: Burundi & Global Coffee Market Issues

    Discussion: Burundi & Global Coffee Market Issues

    Sign up for this informative talk about issues surrounding global coffee pricing and small holder farmers.

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  11. New Products from Flair, Fresh Roast, Bonmac and Airscape

    New Products from Flair, Fresh Roast, Bonmac and Airscape

    If coffee products were movies, these would be great sequels

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  12. Sign Up For Our  Colombian Coffee Sourcing Discussion & Slideshow on March 6th

    Sign Up For Our Colombian Coffee Sourcing Discussion & Slideshow on March 6th

    Dan and Tom will discuss the leg work that goes into buying coffee from this ever important coffee origin.

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A foot in the holiday door jamb ...

The door is closing on holiday ordering, but I must extend a proverbial foot into the jamb and add these new coffees:

  • El Salvador Finca Kilimanjaro; I was trying to stash this vacuum packed gem for late season, but there has been too much demand. If you know this special coffee from years past, all I can say is it's fantastic once again, many say better than last year.
  • Colombia "Los Pijaos de Tolima" (3 Star); a blend that we build one tiny lot at a time through ourdirect trade program. Tolimas have been consistently my favorite Colombias in recent harvests
  • Colombia Organic "Union de Nariño" (3 Star); our first certified organic Farm Gate coffee from Colombia, built from micro-lots in the town of La Union. Both these lots were shipped vacuum packed, and are vibrantly fresh.
  • Kenya AB Auction Lot #768 -Rukira; Our very last main crop auction lot Kenya until new crop, vivid fruits, and mercifully moderate acidity.
  • Sumatra Onan Ganjang Cultivar; A specific type of coffee shrub from the Lintong area, this was something I found on my recent trip there. It has a classic cup, intense, brutish, potent ... and is quite different from other Lintong coffees.
  • Espresso Workshop #1 - The Ophiolite Blend; I am really excited about this blend, and our new espresso approach. We are dividing our blends into "Standards", blends we maintain consistently, and these Espresso Workshop "editions", things I have hammered out in the cupping lab above the offices here at Sweet Maria's. These are lot-specific offerings, meaning that when the particular coffees in the mix are out, the blend "edition" is retired. What's an ophiolite? Ask Wikipedia ... or just read the review to see why I chose a geologic term... Tom