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ROASTED COFFEE SUBSCRIBERS! Ethiopia Sidama Dereje Station / Congo Kivu Bukavu-Beni

Two African coffees with completely different cup profiles are coming your way... 
Congo Kivu Bukavu-Beni - Full City
I roasted this coffee to a Full City to showcase it's charming earthiness and tobacco essence. The body is hearty with a milk chocolate mouth feel and a touch of roughness for those that enjoy Sumatra characteristics. A very comforting coffee to brew with your favorite desert. 
Ethiopia Sidama Dereje Station - City
This selections was roasted to a City roast to keep the complexity of all the fruit notes and citrus sweetness. The nose of this brew is full of fresh tangerine and citrus fruits. Brewed with the Trifecta we have in our lab, it held up all of its sugary notes and fresh clean acidity. 
Here are links to the green coffees and some other cool things:

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)
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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.