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Our Battle Tested Technivorm Brewer

It's a little dirty on the outside and is about a month behind it's cleaning schedule but it still makes excellent batches of coffee. We use our Technivorm on a daily basis at the Sweet Maria's office/warehouse and abuse it, making over a thousand pots of coffee a year for our office staff and warehouse crew.


The Able Heat Lid

We usually shake our heads at little aftermarket gimmicks. This could have easily been one...but it's not. The good folks at Able put a lot of thought into what could have been just a silly rubber plug. By itself, your Chemex brewer makes a great cup of coffee that stays hot "long enough" and Chemex already makes a glass lid that keeps in the heat. So what's so good about the Able Heat Lid?


Four Great New Lots

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - Lucky Gutierrez is sweet like a butterscotch cookie with grape-like acidity.

Nicaragua Dipilto - Finca El Recuerdo has surprisingly vibrant acidity and baker's chocolate finish.

Kenya Nyeri Tambaya AA is complex with pink grapefruit, pomello, and black tea flavors.

Yemen Hajja Micro-Lot is a lot we've never had before, and has wonderful sweetness paired with fruited notes and spices.

Six New Coffees

Costa Rica Tarrazu - Montanas Del Diamante is a solid cup with toasted nut, sugar and milk chocolate.

Panama Esmeralda Gesha is back with the expected floral qualities alongside ripe melon, passion fruit, and subtle coriander hints.

Congo Kivu Bukavu-Beni is a very different cup more akin to a Lintong coffee with rustic earthiness, undeniable sweetness compliments ripe peach, and banana flavors.

Kenya Nyeri Gatomboya AB is packed with blackberry, pineapple, orange, kumquat, and grapefruit; all of these fruit flavors are sweet, not winey or sour.

Kenya Nyeri Ndaro-ini AB is very juicy with a wonderful graham cracker sweetness, concord grape, and apple flavors.

Sumatra Aceh Mandheling with layered chocolate roast taste, fruited sweetness and thick body.

Three New Coffees

Guatemala Huehuetenango Xinabajul has a unique flavor profile of unrefined sugar and nut, with subtle stone fruit and apple hints.

Colombia Huila Buena Vista with fresh whipping cream, caramel, and confectionary sugar sweetness.

Kenya Kirinyaga Karimikui AA is loaded with lemon blossom, orange marmalade, green grape, and butterscotch.