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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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  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!)

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  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.

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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. Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

    Sweet Maria's Homeroast Community Email List

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  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

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  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

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  11. 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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  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?

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OMG, it's '07

My problem is that changing a 6 to a 7 is not easy. Now next year, changing a 7 to 8, that will be a breeze. How can people just blow a firework and declare it a new year? It takes me 4 months, or more. lots of scratched out dates on my checks. Anyway, we are revving up top reopen, inventory, deep cleaning, all that. Everyone comes back tomorrow and then we try to overcome the accumulated orders since Dec 26. It was so nice to spend a week just being a home roaster, going out on the porch with the Hearthware and 4 oz of green. Brewing in my Technivorm, or Aeropress if it was just for me. I had to come in to my cupping room a couple times during the break, but it was nice and relaxed. I know it's an inconvenience that we're closed. I order a lot online too. But then again, it's great to have a break, and I feel almost like it's a genuine sign of respect for the significance of the holidays, to think about something other than the day-to-day. And it's a rare chance for me to be a home roaster again. I messed up a few batches, but even those were interesting to taste ... to wonder why the Yirg had no citrus, and the DP Sidamo was more earthy than I expected. I realized that, even with roasting just for moi, how important it is for me to know what I am tasting, where it came from, if it is what I expected, if there is something new I find in the cup. I can see that, even if I wasn't Mr. Sweet Maria's, I would still be doing this, thinking about it in the same way, wanting to know a bit about origins, and ponder the flavors. It changes other things for me too. When I read the paper, there's some extra significance to a flood in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, or Ethiopia clashing with Somalia, or Evo Morales shutting down a newspaper. Oh, enough of this, happy New Year! -Tom