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  1. 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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  2. Upcoming Class: Roasting With A Gene Cafe

    Upcoming Class: Roasting With A Gene Cafe

    Wanna learn more about the Gene machine?

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  3. Behind The Scenes: Sweet Maria's Roasted Coffee

    Behind The Scenes: Sweet Maria's Roasted Coffee

    Here's how we roast.

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  4. New Postcards. Quakers: Resistant to Roast

    New Postcards. Quakers: Resistant to Roast

    Our new postcards. Look for one in your next order.

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  5. FreshRoast Basics Class at Sweet Maria's

    FreshRoast Basics Class at Sweet Maria's

    Sign up for our FreshRoast Class

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  6. Bullet R1 Roaster Meet Up

    Bullet R1 Roaster Meet Up

    Join us for a meet-up where we will discuss the very popular Aillio Bullet R1 coffee roaster.

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  7. Six Under Six - July 2018

    Six Under Six - July 2018

    Six great coffees. All under six bucks.

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  8. Video: A Cooler Way to Cool Your Behmor Roast

    Video: A Cooler Way to Cool Your Behmor Roast

    Cool your coffee faster by removing the drum.

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  9. Aillio Bullet R1 Support

    Aillio Bullet R1 Support

    Need a little help with your Bullet R1? We are here for you.

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  10. Intro to Home Roasting Class

    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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  11. 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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  12. Hot Rod Home Coffee Roasters: The Spirit of Invention

    Hot Rod Home Coffee Roasters: The Spirit of Invention

    For some people who roast their own coffee, off-the-shelf home coffee roasting appliances don't cut it.

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Using Touch to Determine Degree of Roast

Using Touch to Determine Degree of Roast

You can not touch the beans and feel the texture - but that texture can tell you much about the level to which it was roasted.  Light roasts (City and City+) will have a bumpy texture and unevenness that you can actually feel.  Darker roasts (Full City and Full City+) will have a smoother texture and even quality.  Very dark roasts (Vienna and French) will have an oily surface that you can detect by touch.

You can crunch the roasted beans between your teeth and sense how firm or crumbly the beans are: lighted roasted beans are firmer, darker roasted beans are more crumbly.

The Macro Photos in this Roasted Coffee photo gallery give perhaps an exaggerated sense of texture but you get the idea.