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Some fantastic new arrivals ...

We have a new crop lot of the very elegant Costa Rica Vino de Arabia in stock, another of our Micro-Mill coffees from Brumas del Zurqui. We'll have some very unusual lots from Brumas later. If you know our coffees from year's past, red this name carefully: Panama Boquete Lerida Estate "Miel". It's not the wet-process Peaberry (which will come in August). It's unique and makes amazing S.O. espresso too! I have been hinting at another great DP Ethiopia, and here it is: Ethiopia Organic Dry-Process Koratie. The numbers tell the story on this one. And along those lines we have the highest rated Tanzania we have ever offered Tanzania Blackburn Estate AA

After the holiday, a July present from S.M.

Hi all - I wanted to give a "heads up" on an experiment Maria and I have talked about a lot. Basically, we want to simplify our shipping and also give some incentive to people who are getting hit with higher shipping costs. So starting July 7 at 9am (Monday after the holiday weekend) and running until July 31, we are going to try out this idea: To anywhere in the contiguous 48 states (no AK, HI or AE/AP), Sweet Maria's Flat Rate shipping will be: 0-20 Lbs. = $7.99 21-40 Lbs. = $13.99 41-60 Lbs. = $20.99 Orders can be for coffee and/or merchandise. Shipping method will be our discretion - UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail - so transit times will be between the UPS Ground transit time (up to 6 days to northern New England) and USPS Priority Mail (sometimes mysteriously fast, sometimes mysteriously slow). Can not be combined with other discounts or offers. We might adopt this permanently, but for now it's just July 7-31. We may need to tweak the details as we go - we'll see how complicated it gets and how folks like it. I have some new lots arriving, including that great Ethiopia dry-process Koratie and 2 more Costa Ricas, but we can't pick them up until Monday, so look for them on Tuesday or so. Maria and Ben and I are headed to San Diego tomorrow. Sweet Maria's is closed on Friday. Have a great 4th!

classic guatemala, a favorite honduras, a sparky little kenya

I guess we can call it a Sweet Maria's classic ... we have offered this Guatemala coffee for 4 years now and it only get's better: The excellent, award-winning Guatemala Finca San Jose Ocaña is back. Yes, another great Kenya lot from the Auctions has arrived (we have been trying, if possible, to offer a trio of Kenyas with very different flavor profiles at any given time). Kenya AA Auction Lot #758 -Hiriga is a brught, sparky Nyeri district coffee with passionfruit flavors, sweet orange and black currant. We have a new lot of Honduras we are switching to, the Honduras Organic Maracala -Cocosam Coop was a real winner from last year, and the fact the cup quality held up for so long is due to the expert processing received at this great coop.

Nicaragua Esteli - Nueva Esperanza

We targeted a City+ roast for this Nicaragua to focus on the almond and cocoa powder flavors in the coffee. This meant a final roast temperature of only 426 degrees with an average roast time of 15:30. The batch size this week was slightly smaller than normal which accounts for the quicker roast. Also, the profile this week involved only raising the heat once at the seven minute mark and then bringing it back down around ten minutes and 380 degrees. First crack was a bit more violent than what we've been seeing lately so the color we desired developed before the thermoprobe read 430.

The First 3 of Oh! So Many Costa Rica Micro-lots...

We have received our first three Costa Rica coffees ... the first of many, many farm-direct small lots we will offer this season! Costa Rica Helsar de Zarcero -Villa Sarchi is a distinct variety of coffee (Villa Sarchi) that the farm separated for us, with a very balanced cup profile, whereas Costa Rica El Puente "Caturra Miel" is the first of several "Honey Coffees" we'll have. (Miel is a hybrid between wet-process and dry-process which leaves more fruit on the bean). The Costa Rica Asoproaaa Coop Tarrazu is a classic wet-processed coffee, but with vivid brightness, floral aroma, and nut-chocolate roast tones.