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We have seven brand new coffees to choose from this weekend

January 9, 2014

Burundi Kayanza Mpemba has spice fruits, candied citrus, white grapefruit, and black tea to accompany the acidity.

Burundi Muyinga Kavugangoma brings flavors of apple, dried ginger, all-spice, nice body and brilliant acidity.

Colombia Timana Finca El Paraiso includes raw sugar sweetness, candied nut, malic acidity and a Bosc pear bittering mouthfeel.

Ethiopia Dry Process Sidama Njori is full of berry, with caramel candy, cocoa powder, and baked stone fruits. Sweet and full bodied!

Guatemala Antigua Finca Cabrejo is juicy, alive with crispy acidity and makes a sweet espresso.

Kenya Kiambu Ndumberi AA has sweet brown sugar, caramel, juicy citrus, and pleasant acidity.

Sulawesi Toarco Seletan Peaberry. Honey, apple juice, green grape, bittersweet cocoa, and caramel sweetness is in this Sulawesi.

Roasted Coffee: Java Sunda - Gunung Parigi & Papua New Guinea Bauka Plantation

January 8th, 2015

Two Indonesian coffees that present a very interesting representation of their origin. These two coffees bring forth everything great about Indonesian coffees and then some. Both show unique rustic sweetness, hearty body and rich aroma. 

 Java Sunda - Gunung Parigi City+

Right out of the grinder there is vanilla, ground cinnamon, and sweet spices. The vanilla aroma while brewed and sitting in the cup, stands out even more. The aroma also blends caramel, molasses and sweet honey with nice amount of cedar. I really like the aroma of this coffee if you can't already tell! This sweet Java is loaded with bittersweet chocolate flavors and syrupy body. The acidity is a bit held back when warm, but peaks out when cooled. 

Papua New Guinea Bauka Plantation City+

The sweetness of the grinds is a mix of damp earth and sugar. The wet aroma is deeply sweet, like a waffle cone. There is also a pine and eucalyptus refreshing quality in both the aromatics and taste. This PNG resembles all the greatness that a Sumatra coffee can offer with a little more clarity and acidity on the tongue. 

 

Here are the green coffees:

Java Sunda - Gunung Parigi

Papua New Guinea Bauka Plantation 

 

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I also roasted a very small amount of these coffees for espresso use:

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Roasted Coffee...

December 23, 2014

I can't think of a better way to end 2014 than to roast the two most popular subscription coffees this year. 2014 has come and is almost gone but brought us a fairly good harvest year. We laughed, we cried, and we definitely drank lots of coffee. 2015 is looking like another promising year and will blast off with some good lots! But until then, let's celebrate the tail end of this year with these two coffees! 

Because we will be closed December 24th, 25th and 26th and December 31st, January 1st and 2nd, this coffee is available for the Ongoing subscription - Sweet Maria's Bi-Weekly Roasted Coffee Pairing subscribers only.  

 

Ethiopia Illubabor Baaroo City+

The aroma right after brewing gives off the sweet smell of coconut, floral notes and caramel. As it cools, there is a rich cocoa sweetness, juicy body with a clean tangerine-like acidity in the finish. Creaminess also lingers in the finish while leaving flavors of warm milk chocolate.

Ethiopia Kaffa-Michiti Cooperative City+

This aroma has lots of fresh cinnamon stick and orange peel right up front. The flavor also brings cinnamon, and baking spices. As it cools there is a sweet vanilla and fresh ginger bite. I can also pick up a bit of a raspberry tartness in the finish as well as a full rounded body.  

Hope your holiday season is restful and full of hot coffee cups!

-Danny Goot

 

Perhaps you would like to roast these coffees yourself?

Ethiopia Illubabor Baaroo 

Ethiopia Kaffa-Michiti Cooperative

Product Guide: Coffee Storage

December 19, 2014

Green Coffee Storage                                                        Green coffee is tough. it's dense, hard and good at standing up to time and the elements, but nothing lasts forever. You can expect green coffee to remain fresh for about 6 months (some say up to a year). We ship green coffee to you in plastic bags with holes punched in them. The plastic provides a great protective barrier and the holes allow the coffee to breathe a little. We recommend storing your coffee in these bags if you plan on roasting within a few weeks after receiving your coffee. If you keep a lot of green coffee in storage, you will want to store it in cloth bags. Cloth allows for more air to pass around the beans.

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Product Guide: Travel Mugs and Travel Bottles

December 17, 2014

If you have a busy lifestyle or travel a lot, you understand the importance of a well-built travel mug. Spilled coffee is the last thing you want to worry about when on the go. There's a lot of cheap-o coffee vessels out there with leaky lids, thin walls and plastic interiors that aren't suitable for hot beverages. All the travel mugs we carry, are durable, easy to clean and have a variety of capacities. They may be a little more expensive in comparison to what you will find in the kitchen section at your local department store but we promise that they will last for a long time and keep your coffee hot for a long time.

We also stay away from offering mugs with complicated springs, levers and tight crevices. Mechanized flip tops and fancy lids are cool but after a few months, tend to develop goop and residue that is very hard to clean, even in a dishwasher.

 

Nissan Leak-Proof Travel Mug

It's made to take a beating, keeps your coffee hot and comfortable to drink from. The extended handle and carabiner may seem cumbersome but after using it for the first time, you will find that they don't get in the way at all and are actually quite nice....