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Roasted Coffee: Ethiopia Agaro - Nano Challa Coop & Ethiopia Bonga Forest Mankira

February 5th, 2015

For this installment of our Bi Weekly roasted coffee pairing, I roasted two very different coffees from Ethiopia. Though they are both wet process coffees, and were both roasted to a City + roast range, their flavor profiles are quite different. 

Ethiopia Agaro Nano Challa Cooperative roasted at City +

The aroma is pleasant, and filled with florals. This coffee really shines with juicy fruit notes of apricot, citrus, and mango, as well as a thick honeyed sweetness. We were really happy with the way this one turned out and it's a great example of why Ethiopian coffees are known for their fruit notes and floral aromas. Makes a great pour over. 

Ethiopia Bonga Forest Mankira roasted at City + 

We slightly drew out the final roast leg with this one, taking it a tad south of City+. Unlike the floral and fruit aspects of Nano Challa, Mankira boasts a rustic sweetness, viscous body, and is rounded out by bittersweet cocoa and a hint of aromatic wood. There is definitely acidity too, but it is more subtle, and reminiscent of candied citrus peel. 


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And here is a link to a recent video of Tom walking through the Bonga Forest in Kaffa, Ethiopia

I also roasted these two espresso blends

Espresso Workshop Blend #34 Ewe Tu


Sweet Maria's Security Update

February 3, 2015


Dear Sweet Maria’s Customers,


It has been brought to our attention that there have been a few isolated incidents of customer credit card information being compromised. We have been working diligently with our server host and PayPal, our merchant credit card processor, to find any potential weaknesses in our security. So far all scans have come up clean, but we are treating this as if it were a larger attack in auditing our security systems.


Although this is alarming and difficult for those affected, this was an isolated situation that hit about 20 cards out of over 20,000 transactions.  Every case is important to us, please contact us if you’ve experienced any fraud.



Five New Coffees

January 30, 2015


Workshop #34 - Ewe Tu, is the first blend of 2015, which is the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese Zodiac chart. A blend of washed Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea coffees, this is an espresso on the wilder side, syrupy sweet, and loaded with chocolate complexity.

Burundi Kibande Ruyaga is our latest new crop Africa coffee, and strikes a nice balance between honeyed sweetness and lemon-like acidity in the light roast ranges.

Guatemala Huehuetenango Xinabajul Peaberry cups with cleanliness, flavors of apple and caramel, and works great all the way into 2nd snaps. A really nice later arrival Guatemala.

Guatemala Antigua Finca Cabrejo. One of the most balanced and Guatemalas we purchase, not to mention versatile in the roaster, and in brew method. Hopefully we can keep this one going for another few weeks yet!

Papua New Guinea Bauka Ginipa is the newest PNG. All of the Bauka Plantation coffees we bought this year have been unique from one to the next, and this coffee continues that streak, with complex molasses sugars and roasted barley tea flavors.

We're continuing our "roll" of new coffees every weekend

January 23, 2015


Java Sunda Andes is another of the Java Sunda project, this year working with small holders on various peaks in west Java. This lot from the peak "Andes" cups more similar to a Central American coffee than Indonesian, with clean expressions of toffee and chocolate. A balanced cup and "classic" profile single origin espresso.

Nicaragua Jinotega - El Buey. A mild cup with flavors of raw sugar and nut, and acidity that's low in the profile.

Colombia Pitalito Santa Rita is a crowd-pleaser, convincing sweetness with black tea and apple top notes.

Bali Organic Kintamani Agung provides a nice contrast to the washed Java. A wet-hulled coffee, expect rustic sugars and earth tones, mild acidity, and body.

Roasted Coffee: Brazil Dry Process Carmo de Minas & Brazil Fazenda Santa Lucia Yellow Bourbon

 January 21st, 2015  Above: Aaron and myself discussing the roast approach of this weeks coffees.

Brazil being the largest coffee producers in the world, gives us over a billion coffees to choose from. These two Brazilian coffees are a nice representation of two different processing methods as well as sweet and delicious. One could say they are two in a Brazillion! 

Brazil Dry Process Carmo de Minas City+

This dry process coffee has sweet pear in the grinds with a touch of cocoa. The taste is sweet with dried fruits and deep sugar. There is fresh acidity and nice body that finishes nicely.

Brazil Fazenda Santa Lucia Yellow Bourbon Full City

This one also has dried fruits but with more nuttiness heavy with cocoa and thick syrupy body. The Full City roast works well with this Brazil.

Here are the two coffees in their green form:

Brazil Dry Process Carmo de Minas

Brazil Fazenda Santa Lucia Yellow Bourbon 

Here is cool video about natural coffee.

Thanks and hope you love the roasts!

-Danny Goot