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Maker Faire Recap

Thank you to those that dropped by our coffee roasting demo at The Bay Area Maker Faire this past weekend. We had a ton of fun sharing our enjoyment of roasting coffee and meeting some of our customers in person. In the short amount of time we had on stage, we were able to show the crowd how you can roast coffee in something as simple as a hot air popcorn popper and explain the basics of green coffee.


We always bring free green coffee samples to our demos. We thought we had brought enough but the friendly mob wiped us out in about a minute after we were done talking.


The Maker Faire, in general is always a really fun experience and we are already looking forward to next year's event. If you weren't able to attend, and are interested in getting started roasting coffee, click here to learn about roasting with an electric popper.

Look Out, 4 More Coffees

Guatemala Antigua Retana Yellow Bourbon with equal parts caramel and chocolate, black tea tannic note, and fresh peach.

Colombia Huila Fredy Diaz has a fruited profile of apple and pear, with fine cocoa and toasted nut.

Sumatra Mandheling-Aceh Triple-Pick has layered chocolate roast taste, moderate brightness, and juicy body.

Finally, the return of Sweet Maria's Liquid Amber Espresso Blend a potent, pungent blend ideal for milk drinks.

Four Sweet New Additions...

Guatemala Antigua Cafe Pulcal is supremely balanced with mandarin effervescence, silky body and elegant acidity, our first stunner from Central America this year.

Peru Organic Lot #86 has ripe red fruits, intense sweetness, and creamy hot chocolate finish.

Ethiopia Dry-Process Yirga Cheffe Konga is loaded with bing cherry, dried apricot, mango, and chocolate at darker roasts.

Bolivia Sultana Coffee Cherry Tea is the best coffee cherry tea we've ever sourced, tons of hibiscus, tamarind, rose, and super sweet, the amount of time allowed for steeping greatly alters the flavors.

Just in Time for the Weekend...Four New Coffees

Sumatra Lake Toba -Samosir Island is bold with caramelized sugars, bittersweet chocolate and mixed melon undertones.

Colombia Alipio Zuniga Microlot has juicy craisin, green apple, honey and raw pine nut notes with a sugary cocoa finish.

Brazil Dry Process - Fazenda Monte Verde is juicy as well, with tart acidity, berry notes and a weighty mouthfeel.

Tanzania Peaberry - Malala Coop is a fruit basket with lots of berries, pineapple, grape and citrus with notes of raw honey and burnt caramel.


A Pair of Great Bolivia Additions

 Bolivia Organic Bolinda with black cherry flavors, simple syrup sweetness and juicy mouthfeel.

Bolivia Organic La Paz has light caramel sweetness, bittering notes of dutch cocoa, great SO espresso.