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    Sweet Maria's New Hats

    Our new hats! Two soft, comfy, cool 'n funky ways to keep the sun off your face.

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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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  3. Our New Postcards

    Our New Postcards

    Placing an order with us soon? Look in your box for a basic guide to some of the new features on our website

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  4. A few roasting articles to get you started

    A few roasting articles to get you started

    Did you catch our Maker Faire demo? There's more roasting info here...enter if you dare.

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  5. Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting Demo at The Bay Area Maker Faire

    Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting Demo at The Bay Area Maker Faire

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  6. 5/15 Tonight's Scheduled Maintenance and Other Website Stuff

    5/15 Tonight's Scheduled Maintenance and Other Website Stuff

    Cracking an egg to make an omelette.

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  7. New Product Photos from SCA 2018 in Seattle

    New Product Photos from SCA 2018 in Seattle

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  8. Sweet Maria's Featured on The Coffee Podcast

    Sweet Maria's Featured on The Coffee Podcast

    Listen in and share with a friend that needs a little motivation getting started with roasting on their own.

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  9. The New Postcard

    The New Postcard

    We are really proud of our latest postcard because it captures an aspect of one of Tom's photographic projects; shooting realistic macro photos of coffee beans.

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  10. Coming Soon - The Victorio Stovetop Popper for Coffee Roasting

    Coming Soon - The Victorio Stovetop Popper for Coffee Roasting

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  11. Noah Saves a Hummingbird

    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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  12. 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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The Big Move (from Emeryville to West Oakland)

The Big Move (from Emeryville to West Oakland)

The Big Move (from Emeryville to West Oakland)

Hello, my name is Tom and I like coffee. Let me be your guide on a brief tour of our new place in lovely (or hopefully-soon-to-be lovely) West Oakland, California


A view of our old location in Emeryville, emptied. What a pain moving is, even when it is just 20 blocks to the South. But the rents in Emeryville were steep, and the building a little too small.

The final picture of Judy, Maria, Francy and Tom in Emeryville. The hardest part was not the initial move, or getting up and running in West Oakland. The hardest part was getting the tail ends of all our stuff out. That's when you have to deal with everything that has been squirrelled away in the corner for X number of years...

The new place, 1115 21st Street, West Oakland. It is bigger by a few thousand feet, and since we had time to move it, it is better organized.

Setting up shelving in the packing area

Moddie and Keli putting up some racks.

Here's the packing tables where YOUR orders are flawlessly assembled (at least I really hope so) and all the boxes are the green coffees. We bag about 1 week or less in advance on the green coffee. When I started, with a scoop and a postal scale, I filled every order as it came in, but that wouldn't work anymore.

Here's the pallet racks I set up before we really moved in. All those pallets are custom printed boxes which we have to order in big quantities to get a decent price. Storing them is a pain.

Here is more what you see when you would walk in now. We keep the green coffee down low so we can get at it, and keep it cooler than up toward the roofline. We don't store all our coffee here at 21 street. We have some stored for us so we can preserve room to move the forklift etc.

Here's my little lab table in the current cupping room - it is not the ultimate place for the cupping room which will be upstairs in the offices. So it is still a little crammed.

Here is my actual granite slab cupping table, once again, not in its final resting place.

Here is the aforementioned 2 story offices ... at the time of this picture we were still moving in.

We also have this neat little block building inside the building - a great shop room to build/modify stuff, do welding, store all the tools.

And here is our brand new gate, making us a bit easier to identify than in the days of yore.

We have a link with a map of our new place on our Order Page (look under "Pick Up Orders")

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