Latest Posts

  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.

    Read More
  2. Storing Your Roasted Coffee

    Storing Your Roasted Coffee

    Read More
  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!)

    Read More
  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.

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

    Coming Soon - The Victorio Stovetop Popper for Coffee Roasting

    Read More
  6. Noah Saves a Hummingbird

    Noah Saves a Hummingbird

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

    Read More
  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.

    Read More
  8. Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

    Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

    Read More
  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

    Read More
  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

    Read More
  11. Sweet Maria's is Hiring

    Sweet Maria's is Hiring

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

    Read More
  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?

    Read More

Home Storage for Home Roasting

Home Storage for Home Roasting

We did another coffee storage test last week in the office.  We wanted to test out some new small tins against our current storage options.  The small tin, pictured below, holds about 55 grams at most.  The idea is that after roasting coffee you would weigh out individual portions, enough for a batch of coffee from your brewing method of choice.  The individual tins would cut down on oxygen exposure as you’re not opening a bag or container on a daily basis.

Ethiopia Chelelektu Yirga Cheffe was our test coffee, one we’ve really been enjoying in the office.  We stored it a day after it was roasted for our subscription program for a total of 8 days in each container.  None of the containers were opened during the storage period.

We used two of the new tins, one filled almost too full with 55 grams and other filled about ½ of the way full with 24 grams. We tested the two tin methods against an airscape and a ¼ lb valve bag, both containing 58 grams.  We brewed up all four methods in our office technivorm.

The definite favorite was the ¼ lb valve bag, with a nice sweetness, lively, and free of any taints. It was an overall crowd pleaser, as about eight people from different parts of the business agreed it was best! A close second was the small tin filled ½ of the way full, as the coffee still had a bit of room to degas.  The airscape and the full tin had less favorable reviews, being described as flat, stale, and a slightly metallic finish.  The results reinforce that you should try to use your coffee in a timely fashion and store it in a way that will allow for degassing.  We’re considering carrying the tins so be on the look out for them in the near future!