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  1. Rwanda Mutovu Video Tour: Incremental Improvements, a Competition-Level Cup

    Rwanda Mutovu Video Tour: Incremental Improvements, a Competition-Level Cup

    Small improvements at Rwanda Mutovu washing station has led to a consistent, competition-level coffee.

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  2. Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    ...because we have our favorites too.

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  3. 2020 Rwanda Kageyo: Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Infrastructure Project

    2020 Rwanda Kageyo: Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Infrastructure Project

    We're helping fund a buildout at the Kageyo station and you can help too!

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  4. Our Sourcing in Honduras

    Our Sourcing in Honduras

    While we may have struggled to find a consistent source in Honduras, we continue to come up with good coffee. Find out how.

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  5. The New Green Deal

    The New Green Deal

    It's New. It's a great deal. The coffee is green. The New Green Deal.

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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. Happy Halloween. Here's Six Under Six

    Happy Halloween. Here's Six Under Six

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  8. Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

    Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

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  9. Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    The appearance of green coffee from Indonesia can be jarring, especially if you’re used to washed beans from Africa or Central America. Why, many ask, does a Grade 1 Sumatra lack uniformity of color and/or bean size?

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  10. The Golden Bean Bronze Medal Bullet Profile

    The Golden Bean Bronze Medal Bullet Profile

    Check out Julio's award winning profile.

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  11. Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

    Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

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  12. Podcast Episode #25: The Global Trade/Burundi Discussion

    Podcast Episode #25: The Global Trade/Burundi Discussion

    Some very informative audio from last month's discussion

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Keeping it Fresh

Keeping it Fresh

Roasted coffee that's been sitting around for too long will lose a lot of flavor. You can fight this flavor loss by storing your coffee correctly. There are a lot of different options out there so we wanted to test a few and see what the results were. We compared a mason jar, one of the coffee tins that we sell and two other containers that claim to keep their contents fresh. Each container held 35 grams of coffee and we opened all containers about once a day for a month to simulate a someone opening the container to access their coffee. As expected the coffee we used tasted pretty bad (any coffee will taste this bad after a month). Our tin and the mason jar came in 2nd and 3rd in our flavor test. 1st and 4th places were held by the two newcomers. We are looking at offering the winner in the near future.

Look forward to future Sweet Maria's science projects where we compare coffee stored in paper tin tie bags, plastic valve bags and out in open air.

Here's an older article where we describe using a mason jar for coffee storage.