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Roasted and ready to go: Tanzania Bergfrieden Estate AB & India Ratnagiri Pearl Mountain Peaberry

At the last minute we decided to switch out a coffee for the subscription roasts. We want to present a good comparative and contrast with our subscription offerings and the change we made does just that.


India Ratnagiri Pearl Mountain Peaberry (green was recently released on our offerings) was taken to a Full City roast where it will shine at its best. Mild, clean and surprisingly bright. It has a hazelnut and praline sweetness with baked apple and spice flavors. I also found some white pepper spiciness in the finish as it cooled. Fantastic body here as well.


Tanzania Bergrieden Estate AB is not available to purchase as a green coffee until this weekend. So, you get a sneak peek of this coffee before it's available to roast your own. I took this coffee to a City roast and puts forth raw sugar, apple, and golden raisin. It's a nice clean cup with well balanced acidity. 


-Danny Goot

How we do. How we roast. How we brew...with Danny Goot

Danny Goot manages our coffee manager and is in charge of the roasted coffee program here at Sweet Maria's. He keeps track of the ebb and flow of the thousands of pounds of different coffees that arrive by the truckload and leave just as quickly in home roaster sized increments. He's also pilots our Probat L12 roaster every other week as we crank out multiple batches for our roasted coffee customers. Like most of us, he has a general routine at home when it comes to roasting and brewing his own coffee.

In Danny's words...

"Every morning after I wake up, I let the dogs (Juno and Carlos) out, wake up my kids (Vida, Ari and Jerome) for school, then brew up a couple of cups of coffee for Jenney and I."


Two new coffees for the holiday weekend

We're headed into the weekend with two new coffees that side by side represent the rather wide spectrum of "rustic" sweetness. Sumatra Lintong 17+ Toba Batak is a syrupy sweet cup, with flavors of brown rice syrup, wild berry, and fresh herbs. It's one of the sweeter Lintong coffees we've tasted so far, and a welcome addition to the list as we are waiting on other new arrival Sumatras. Yemen Mokha Sharasi showcases earthy chocolate tones, rustic sugars, and flavors of roasted nut. It's a syrupy bodied coffee, and a fine example of naturally processed coffee from Yemen.

Roasting This Week: Costa Rica and Tanzania

We have so many great Costa Rica coffees right now, it would be a shame not to roast as many of them as we can before they sell out.

This Tuesday we will be roasting Costa Rica Helsar - Magdalena Vega. This coffee shines at a City+, so you can expect that it will be developed a little past first crack. The cup possesses the archetype of Costa Rica coffee character in nut-to-chocolate roast tastes and restrained sweetness of caramelized sugars that balance it out.

We will also be roasting Tanzania Bergfrieden AB which has yet to be offered on our coffee offerings page! This coffee brings forth golden raisin and apple. It's sweet to say the least, and has a deep raw sugar flavor from start to finish at a City+ roast.

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-Danny G

Get ready! There's more coffee on the way.

We have a lot more Ethiopia coffee hitting the list very soon...like next week. We want to make sure our customers know that there are some really fantastic lots of coffee that will be added over the coming weeks. Our current Ethiopia offerings are selling fast and are only the tip of the coffee iceberg.

Pretty exciting stuff. Add to this a container of our first Antigua and Huehuetenango coffees arriving from Guatemala and a mixed container of Kenya lots and we have doubled our inventory. So if you are anything like us, kick back and relax over the holiday weekend and get ready for an exciting, if not hectic, start to the month of June.


Here's what's coming next week...

-A washed Sidama from Aleta Wondo with peach, bergamot and Earl Grey tea notes. It's very elegant and a real stunner.

-A washing station-specific dry process lot from Dumerso that cups with flavors of fresh berries, dark sugar sweetness and juicy citrus notes.

Also...our first Antigua and Huehuetenango coffees will hit the list in 2 weeks.