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Coming Soon: Behmor Plus Updates

July 15th, 2014

We are really looking forward to the new Behmor Plus roasters. Behmor says we should expect them around the second week of September. The panels will arrive sooner. Panel production is scheduled to be complete by the end of this week and once they are ready they'll enjoy a quick plane ride to North America.

The Behmor Plus roasters will cost $369 and the new panels will cost $50.

We aren't taking pre-orders for either item but if you click "Sign up to get notified" on the old Behmor product page, you will be sent an email as soon as we get them in stock. We'll even send you updates with any information about their arrival once they are on the boat and on the way to our warehouse.  We think this is better than holding onto everyone's credit card info for a couple weeks. Behmor has planned ahead and is planning on producing more than usual to supply the demand.

We'll also post updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Email us at info@sweetmarias.com and include "Behmor Plus" in the subject line.

Thanks for your patience! We look forward to sending you your new Behmor soon.


Three New Central American coffees

July 11, 2014

Honduras Ocotepeque Manuel Espana is a nice daily drinker, with balance between flavors of dark sugar, toasted nut, and tea-like acidity.

Costa Rica Roger Solis La Casona is one of two coffees we're adding from San Martin de Tarrazu. This one's fully washed and shows ultra-sweet caramelized sugar flavors along with brilliant, berry-like acidity.

Costa Rica Yellow Honey San Marcos Arracache is a cleanly...

Subscription Coffees are in route! Costa Rica Familia Bonilla - Beneficio / Ethiopia Dry Process Gr. 1 Yirga Cheffe Dumerso

 July 10, 2014


Costa Rica Familia Bonilla - Benefecio:  This City roast represents a beautiful honey sweetness when sipping it hot in the cup! It also has a very nutty quality that doesn't leave a dryness in the aftertaste with very clean semisweet cocoa finish. As it cools, a juicy ruby red grapefruit acidity comes upfront while continuing to stay sweet and snappy.


Ethiopia Dry Process Gr. 1 Yirga Cheffe Dumerso:  I took this selection to City+ roast. There is ripe strawberry all the way through along with clean acidity that resembles green grape skins. Cooling down, it showcases more of a berry fruit salad sweetness behind the surprisingly high acidity that isn't found too often in dry processed coffees. 


-Danny Goot


Green Coffee links and some other stuff:

Costa Rica Familia Bonilla - Benefecio

Ethiopia Dry Process Gr. 1 Yirga Cheffe Dumerso

The Homemade "Hot Rod" Roaster Page

Ongoing Subscription - Sweet Maria's Bi-Weekly Roasted Coffee Pairing


Podcast: Processing Coffee at Gitesi, Rwanda

July 3, 2014

During a trip to Rwanda, Tom documented his visit to the Gitesi processing station. This is where we get a lot of our Rwandan coffee from. The son of the mill's owner answers a lot of questions about the drying and processing that happens there.  He also talks a bit about their future plans to expand and produce greater volumes of coffee.


Download this podcast from iTunes.

Five new coffees are ready to ship your way!

All of these coffees are available in quantities up to 20lbs.


Costa Rica Familia Bonilla - Beneficio is fruited with pink grapefruit and apple. Tart, brisk acidity with a walnut and red apple finish.

Panama Boquete Finca San Sebastian shows creamy caramel and butter pecan,with tartaric acidity. Big body, crisp acidity, and refreshing mouthfeel.

Mexico FTO Chiapas Grapos Cooperative has a dark sugar and butter sweetness, along with flavors of roasted nut. Its a bodied cup, and holds up at the darker roast levels with a clean finish.

Mexico Org. Oaxaca La Lagunilla Cooperative has a mild profile of dark sugar and roasted nut. A fresh tobacco flavor carries into the finish with rustic sweetness.

India Monsooned Malabar shows best in the darker roast levels or as a blend application. Earthy and pungent, with some sweet/bittersweet sugars in the finish. Its strength is body, and will make an interesting cup for fans of earthy, low acid cup.