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Coffee Roasting Demo at Eat Real Festival

Sept. 15, 2017

Join us for a fun and informative coffee roasting demo at this year's Eat Real Festival. If you are going to be in or around the SF Bay Area on Sat, Sept. 23rd, we would love to share some coffee roasting knowledge with you. We look forward to showing you how easy it is to roast coffee in just a few minutes with just a hot air popcorn popper and a few household items.  We'll be at the Broadway stage at 3:30. Arrive early, stay late and bring an appetite. Eat Real is a street food festival and block party that you will want to set aside some time (and appetite) for.


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Podcast: Coffee and Microorganisms with Leo and Jenni Henao: Los Palomos, Colombia

Sept. 6, 2017

Here is the audio from a video that Tom shot on a trip to Colombia.


"This is a long form talk with Leo and Jenni Henao at the farm in Urrao Antioquia, Colombia. Maybe of interest to farmers and gardeners more than coffee. Leo and I are friends and I'm trying to get him to laugh in this video. But the topic and his use of micro-organisms in composting is very interesting!" -Tom


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Sweet Maria's FreshRoast SR500 Class

Aug. 30, 2017

Join us on Friday, Sept 8th at 3pm for a roasting class focused on the FreshRoast SR500. The SR500 is an excellent machine with simple controls and a small footprint. If you just purchased one or are thinking of purchasing one, this class will be great for you. Also, if you own a SR300, SR340 or SR700, you will probably learn a lot by attending.

We'll get up close and personal with how the FreshRoast turns green coffee brown through the FreshRoast's glass roasting chamber that allows for an excellent view of the roast process.

The fan and heat controls allow you to make changes on the fly, giving you full control over your roasts so we'll share a few techniques on how to keep your roast profiles under control.


Please email byron@sweetmarias.com to register for this class. Space is limited.
Friday, Sept. 8th
3pm - 3:45pm
Sweet Maria's Coffee Warehouse

Podcast: Indonesian Coffee with Coffee Trader, Daniel Shewmaker

Aug. 28, 2017

This starts with music buy the Indo pop group The Steps, and ends with a long informative conversation with Daniel Shewmaker of MTC coffee traders, who sources coffee in Indonesia. He also grew up in Sulawesi and speaks Bahasa! While in Timor and Flores we were having good conversations about Indonesia coffee processing and quality, and the way it relates (or doesn't) to current coffee trade trends. So I wanted to capture some of that in a recording. Sadly, its probably the worst recording I have made, with wind noise, vehicles, dogs, pigs and airplane noise. But still I wanted to share it, because I feel there's some good information here. Plus, everyone keeps telling me to post more r