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    Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan Part II

    Ryan loves cold coffee - iced coffee, flash brew, cold brew, you name it. This time around, she's picked some prime options for iced drinks that will keep you cool all summer long.

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  2. Chocolate, Coffee, Bitterness  (Part 1)

    Chocolate, Coffee, Bitterness (Part 1)

    What are the types of chocolate found in coffee aroma and flavor? Why is chocolate the go-to descriptor for bitter-sweet coffee flavor?

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  3. Cupping Safety: No-Share with Rattleware

    Cupping Safety: No-Share with Rattleware

    Check out the new Rattleware Cupping Brewer, a share-free solution to cupping as well as darn fine brewer!

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  4. Live Stream April 15th

    Live Stream April 15th

    Got questions? We got answers.

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  5. POSTPONED - Online Event - Sensory Series 101 - March 18th

    POSTPONED - Online Event - Sensory Series 101 - March 18th

    Join us online and compare coffee flavors to familiar foods and drinks

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  6. Roasting Fundamentals: Getting Started with Decaf Coffee

    Roasting Fundamentals: Getting Started with Decaf Coffee

    Tricky to roast but better tasting than ever.

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  7. Roast Level Chart: Download our Card

    Roast Level Chart: Download our Card

    Check your next order for this informative postcard or download it here.

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  8. Ethiopia Organic Dry Process Two Ways: Regular vs. Decaf

    Ethiopia Organic Dry Process Two Ways: Regular vs. Decaf

    An amazing dry process Ethiopia now available as both regular and decaf.

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  9. Quakers and Taste - 2020 Sensory Summit

    Quakers and Taste - 2020 Sensory Summit

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  10. Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    ...because we have our favorites too.

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    Check out our brew assessment of our limited edition Polar Expresso Holiday Blend. Made up of all washed African coffees, how could you go wrong?

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    Along with the slew of incoming fresh Ethiopian coffee comes the return of our always popular Ethiopiques blend.

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Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

Sugar Cupping Part 2 -- Rough outline

A few weeks back we took the time to taste sugar (yes, sugar....not coffee). This was a little exercise to learn more about how unique different sugars taste and how recognizable they are in coffee.

This is a very educational exercise you can easily try at home. Try diluting ----s of sugar into ----s water for a solution that allows you to taste the sugar without it being too watered down. Learning about sweetness is in no way a prerecrisite for enjoying coffee, but it can be fun if you want to dive into tasting different coffee flavors.

Consider tasting other things side by side. Teas, chocolates, apples, etc.

Sweetness is an attribute of a quality coffee. Coffee with defects won't have sugary sweet notes.

Here's a list of the sugars we tasted.

Dark Muscovado

Baking Sugar

Coconut Palm Sugar

Demenura Sugar