April 14, 2016
Your favorite coffee from Sweet Maria’s is a seasonal crop and will one day in the next few months (brace yourself) go out of stock until next season’s crop arrives. It happens all the time, with all coffees. If you come across a single origin coffee that is available all year, the company offering it probably got a good deal, bought too much of it and is selling old coffee at a low price. As you wait for your favorite to return, consider this a good time to try new coffees with similar flavors and characteristics.
Here's a few that we recently ran out of, and a few recommendations/replacements that we think you will enjoy. It would have been too easy to suggest replacements from the same countries, so in the spirit of adventure we did our best to recommend coffees from other places that still have characteristics in common with your long lost favorite.
Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Kela Kochore
Kela Kochore had a delicate, shimmering profile with a saturated red honey sweetness. Mandarin orange, sweet lime brightness, pomelo and bittersweet cocoa notes in darker roasts.
Papua New Guinea Bauka Plantation
This coffee was very intense with deep sweetness and juicy, fruited accents. We tasted notes of honey, molasses, pineapple glaze, guava, fruit teas and baking spice.
Guatemala Patzun Finca Santa Anita
Fruit juice or bodied fruit nectar were the highlighted attributes of this coffee. Raw honey, darker fruits and cocoa flavors rounded out an already hefty, elegant cup.
Ethiopia Illubabor Baaroo Cooperative
Baaroo had a nice citrus notes without any jarring acidity. Juicy stone fruits, honey and spice accents rounded out this very sweet and versitile cup. We tried suggesting replacements that were from other contries but in this case, along with a Rwanda we had to steer you towards the two Ethiopias below because they are just that good!
Tanzania Mara District Peaberry
This coffee balanced out sweet and bittersweet notes. We really enjoyed notes of blackberry, citus juices, bittersweet bakers chocolate and cacao.
Honduras Ocotepeque Lentago Farm
This was a very balanced cup with caramelized sugar, lightly fruited, tea-like acidity, vanilla-caramel and cocoa nib notes.
Colombia Pavón - La Galunga "Orfir"
Complex sugars and fruit notes defined this cup. Fruit juices too, with layers of caramelizing sugar sweetness
Guatemala Antigua Finca Pavon
This Guatemala had up-front brown sugar notes, fruit juice acidity and raisin-like cacao top notes.
Panama Horqueta La Gloria Estate
This is what we consider a "coffee" coffee, a coffee with great basic notes that we think would be great to drink every day. It had cane juice, bittering cacao notes, roasted almond and a pleasant tea-like acidity.