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  1. Burundi + Rwanda Coffee Tasting

    Burundi + Rwanda Coffee Tasting

    Another great event at our warehouse on 9/27

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  2. Video: Coffee Leaf Tea - ቁጢ , Kuti, Keti, Koti

    Video: Coffee Leaf Tea - ቁጢ , Kuti, Keti, Koti

    Brewing coffee leaf tea

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  3. All About Coffee Brewing

    All About Coffee Brewing

    Sign up for our coffee brewing crash course

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  4. Espresso Basics & More

    Espresso Basics & More

    Sign up for our espresso basics class

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  5. Coffee Tasting At Sweet Maria's - Feb. 28th

    Coffee Tasting At Sweet Maria's - Feb. 28th

    Sign up and taste the difference between coffees roasted in different machines

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  6. Coffee Tasting at Sweet Maria's - Nov. 16th

    Coffee Tasting at Sweet Maria's - Nov. 16th

    Sign up for our upcoming tasting event.

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  7. What The He — Is Jasmine?

    What The He — Is Jasmine?

    So, what is the taste and smell of jasmine? Yirgacheffes often have the most clear-cut jasmine notes of any coffee, but...

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  8. Bright Coffee

    Bright Coffee

    Here's a few coffees with exciting, snappy, zingy, citrusy, tart, vibrant notes

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  9. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

    A few coffees where chocolate notes take the spotlight.

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  10. Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

    Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

    This is a very educational exercise you can easily try at home.

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  11. Sugar Cupping

    Sugar Cupping

    Sometimes tasting something that isn't coffee can help you learn more about what your coffee tastes like.

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  12. Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    I recently caught glimpse of this and found it very thought-provoking.

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Origin of Potato Defect in Rwanda Coffee

Origin of Potato Defect in Rwanda Coffee

Last year Aleco and I were traveling in Rwanda, and made a shocking discovery in the Western district of Nyamasheke. We found that potatoes were actually being processed along with coffee. (see photographic evidence) Hence all the research to find where the off taste of potato defect in coffees from the Lake Kivu area, and theories about antestia insect dame, fungus, and the chemicals generated from the response of the coffee plant itself to attack, they all are for naught. Remove the potatoes from the coffee processing system, and the potato defect will disappear! Why do people have to make everything so complicated. - Tom