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Just in time for the weekend

Ethiopia Dry Process Gr. 1 Yirga Cheffe Dumerso is loaded with fruit flavors and bittersweet roasted cocoa notes. Mango, jackfruit, and melon to red berry jam, dried apricots, and cooked peach come through as well as a strong spice mix. Available in quantities up to 20lb bags.

Kenya Kagaari Kanja Peaberry offers a nice culmination of developed sugar sweetness and fruit flavors.

Congo Kivu Bukavu-Beni has fresh tobacco, unrefined sugars, and a slight jute flavor too. Fruits like banana and ones with tropical pungency come out in the cool cup. Available in quantities up to 20lb bags.

Guatemala Antigua Caracol is a dense bean, great for home roasting, and holds up well to dark roasts. Caramel sweetness, grape and dark berry fruit flavors, and some citrus. Moderate acidity throughout the roast range.

Sumatra Toba Batak Peaberry is bodied, and carries a nice thick sweetness of brown rice syrup, dried tropical fruits and dark berries. Flavors shift toward rindy citrus and black tea in the finish. Available in quantities up to 20lb bags.

Happy Friday. Here comes another great Guatemala.

June 13, 2014


Guatemala Huehuetenango La Libertad shows balanced sweetness and acidity, and plum fruits to boot. It's a bodied cup - inky and thick - and makes a wonderful SO espresso too.

Sweet Maria's Coffee is Hiring

If you are interested or know someone that is, let us know. Here's the details...

Full Time - Full Stack Developer 
Salary with Benefits
Sweet Maria's Coffee Oakland, CA (allows remote)
php mysql linux html css3
Job Description
We are looking for a Full Stack Developer to develop and maintain our two ecommerce sites Sweetmarias.com and Coffeeshrub.com. The ideal candidate would  be available to come in for meetings and special projects and a location on the US West Coast would be preferred. This is a great job for someone who prefers to work independently, with flexible hours for a small (but growing), off beat and tight knit company.

Skills & Requirements
Website development, front and back end coding.  Our sites are based on Magento and Drupal, so experience developing extensions for both are a plus. PHP, mySQL, Linux, and HTML/CSS experience are musts. Experience maintaining servers and with PCI compliance are plusses. Design skills a plus, but not required. 

About Sweet Maria's Coffee
Sweet Maria's Coffee is a small family owned and operated business that sells raw/unroasted coffee to folks who roast their own coffee at home. We also operate a growing wholesale business Coffee Shrub from the same warehouse. Tom and Maria have been sourcing coffee and selling it online for the last 17 years. We are also proud to have built an extensive online library full of media and articles about all things coffee.
erica@sweetmarias.com with resume and or website


Here's another great Kenya

Kenya Kirinyaga Kiangoi AA is a complex cup of sweet fruits, bright acidity, and an ultra clean finish. The profile is delicate, yet well structured, with easily discernible flavor notes and a refreshing finish.

Holey Bags, Batman!

Ever notice those little holes in the bags we ship our coffee in? Believe it or not, we actually take the time to punch them into every bag. This allows the coffee to breathe during shipping and in your green coffee storage area.

Air circulation is important. In humid environments, condensation can form in an airtight bag or container since the moisture both in the coffee and around it has nowhere to go but if you live in an environment with stable temperature, you shouldn't have to worry. Some folks like to store green coffee in cloth bags which we think is an excellent method for large amounts and longer storage times but the plastic bags you receive your coffee in work very well too.

The best way to keep your coffee fresh is to simply roast, brew and drink it within a month or so after it gets to your doorstep. Leave it to us to worry about bulk storage. We are lucky to have a warehouse that is very stable in temperature. It does get a little cold during the winter but never too hot during the summer.