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  1. Video: Kenya Koffee Klips (& Kupping)

    Video: Kenya Koffee Klips (& Kupping)

    New video starring Tom, goats, farmers and coffee....in Kenya.

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  2. Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    How we grade for the quality of our dry process coffees

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  3. Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Tom's thoughts and various experiences from his recent travels in Kafa, Ethiopia, near the town of Bonga.

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  4. Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    A post from the road ... about our trip through southern and western Ethiopia coffee lands in late 2018.

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  5. Uganda Like This Coffee

    Uganda Like This Coffee

    Coffee from western Uganda has typically been low grade commercial quality. But potential is there...

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  6. Sulawesi and the Sumatra Effect.

    Sulawesi and the Sumatra Effect.

    Some thoughts on Suluwesi and Indonesia in general while traveling there...

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  7. Podcast Episode #22 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2

    Podcast Episode #22 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2

    Part 2 of 2 - Continuing the talk about the coffee supply chain and other topics

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  8. Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Part 1 of 2 - Talking about the coffee supply chain among other topics

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  9. Farm Gate Coffee™

    Farm Gate Coffee™

    Farm Gate Coffee is the name we give to our direct trade coffee buying program. Farm Gate pricing means that we have negotiated a price directly with the farmer "at the farm gate," that is, without any of the confusing export and import fees.

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  10. Podcast Episodes 19 & 20: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    Podcast Episodes 19 & 20: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    A while back we had Mary Maina Manyeki visit us in Oakland, and had a great conversation about her experiences as a Kenya coffee farmer.

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  11. Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Sweet Maria's customer jumps into his own coffee business

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  12. Import Partners and Direct Trade

    Import Partners and Direct Trade

    If you've ever visited our warehouse, you may have noticed coffee bags with logos other than the "Sweet Maria's", or our sister wholesale business "Coffee Shrub" logos.

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The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

We were in Seattle attending the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) show this past weekend. Aside from attending meetings, classes, etc., we got to zig-zag across the trade show floor looking at coffee products. Normally there's a handfull of ridiculous devices produced by companies that know little about coffee but this year's show featured some smart products and good improvements. Here's a few things that caught our eye.

Gene Cafe's CBR-1200 1kg roaster. Keep your fingers crossed for a 110v US model.

Lido2 manual grinder. It's built like Robocop and produces a very consistent grind.

Handy Brew 2L (yes, two liter) brewer. It's designed to make large batches of cold brew coffee.

New control panel for the Behmor 1600. Expect this new Behmor brain implant to measure temperature and give the user more control. You will be able to install it into your current Behmor roaster and they will ship pre-installed with machines later this year.

Bonavita 1.7L goosneck kettle. The capacity is probably overkill for home use but would be right at home in a cupping lab or small cafe.

Nomad portable espresso maker. No electricity or motorized pumps needed.

 

Sure, it's fun attending these SCAA shows each year but the real reason we take a look at every booth and display is so we can touch the products and meet the people that are putting them on the market. We mentioned in the past that we do our best to be your personal green coffee shopper so you can focus on flavor notes without questioning the quality of the coffee you are buying. We apply the same philosophy to the products we offer...critiquing and testing each product before deciding to sell them to our customers. Cruising the floor at SCAA is the first step in that process.