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    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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    Storing Your Roasted Coffee

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    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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    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. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Coffee Roasting Demo at Eat Real Festival

    Coffee Roasting Demo at Eat Real Festival

    Learn how to roast your own coffee as you spend your day at Eat Real.

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Home Roasting for the Holidays

Home Roasting for the Holidays

The holdiay season is truly one of the best times for roasters. Maybe we've just been gifted some green coffee and something to alter its greeness and the door has been opened for a new hobby/habit/obsession. Or maybe we've done it for a good while now and all of our friends, familiy, and neighbors get to reap the benefits through gifts or even are calling us demanding some of our home-roasted sweetness. I get sideways glances showing up at dinners at this time of year without some beans in hand, which is rare I would add, rare that I don't have beans with me, not rare that I get invited to dinners!

Some of my very favorite coffee memories are when an uncle or some other visitor first tastes a coffee that I've roasted myself, and wants to know all about how it got to be that way. I really like to share info about the coffee itself which is very important, but what I try to empasize even more is what I did to the coffee, the value that I added. This isn't an ego thing, it's about being able to speak to what is going to be most tastebale and relatable to whoever is drinking it. Also, obviously one of my other hopes is that I just might convince someone else that they should be roasting their own coffee.

The other big thing about this time of year and sharing the fruits of our hobby with others is that this is generally the time where someone who's been roasting for all of their friends and family for years starts to seriously consider what all their friends and family have been saying to them for a while; maybe you should be doing more of this, and maybe even selling it! I can't even count the number of times that I've heard this story from a roaster, and I have to say that it really makes me happy each time that I do. It's so great to get to do what you love for a living, and it's equally great even just to share something that you love/made with someone. Right here, just after the holiday, this is when we're loading those new beans, or maybe plugging in a new roaster, or maybe even getting that call that says "Wow, this is amazing!". Not to sound too corny, but it really is such a sweet gift to give.