The Professional Barista's Handbook is a very efficient training manual for espresso, and features some great information on brewing too (plus a couple pages on tea ... why?) I was impressed with how concise it is, and how useful it will be for the home enthusiast.Learn More
Best of all, it cuts to the chase and shows the core methods for achieving great extraction without making you read too much theory. It also avoids being too specific in showing just one technique. In other words, read this book and over time you surely will develop your own variations. That's the way it should be.$45.00
The book for home roasting --- for newbies and oldbies alike. A must-have. This is the latest edition (late 2003), and the only book devoted entirely to home roasting. It happens to be an excellent resource and reference for our craft. A book that is both technically descriptive and fun to read, you might notice references to it throughout our web pages.Learn More
The Coffee Roaster's Companion is a great resource for the home roaster. It explains what happens to coffee as heat is applied and roasting techniques. It also dives a little into cupping, brewing and how to choose a roaster. The photos are great and so are the examples of curves and charts. This is a basic consolidation of roasting info. It may be a bit elementary for professional roasters so expect to breeze through this book if you have been roasting on large machines for a while. We still think it's an excellent book and are glad that Scott Rao took the time to create it.Learn More$45.00
This little booklet could be the most valuable item in your home roast tool shed. If you don't already log your roasts, you should. It will help you learn about roasting and to replicate that perfect batch you did last week. A lot of thought went into designing these. We did our best to produce a log that would be valuable for those using any kind of roaster.Learn More$3.50
Want to show the world that coffee actually comes from branches and not the supermarket? Our printer used thin coats of ink on super-soft American Apparel 50/50 shirts resulting in a very comfortable garment. The logo is the same artwork we use on our 100 lb. wholesale "Coffee Shrub" bags.
-Heather black with off-white ink
-Navy blue with sky-blue ink
-XS, S, M, L, XL
Click here for the American Apparel sizing chart.Learn More$14.00
We finally broke down and made another logo shirt! Since maybe our shirts are getting a bit weirder. We decided to do a batch of more straight-ahead shirts.
The logo is adapted from a stencil used to mark sacks of our coffee lots from origin so it has a sort of rustic look. Shirts are Anvil ringspun 4.5oz cotton, either in brown or charcoal grey.
Click here to see the Anvil size chart.Learn MorePrice From: $11.00
The glass showcase in our front office is filled with old-timey roasters from the days before Starbucks, internet cafes and instant coffee. One day Tom hand drew a bunch of his favorites and arranged them on the front of this very cool shirt. The text on the key-wound roaster in the bottom right reads "16 yrs. of Sweet Maria's" so consider this a commemorative design.
Printed on very soft American Apparel poly-cotton blend shirts. Blue or dark grey. XS, S, M, L and XL.
Click here to see American Apparel's sizing chart.Learn More$14.00
Here is a very simple, straight-forward shirt with the Espresso Monkey Blend design on it. Yep, that's one weird lookin' monkey, ain't it?
But we like it a lot; it's a popular t-shirt among the Sweet Maria's staff! Anyway these are on 100% comfortable cotton shirts. These are on Anvil super-soft, "dark roast brown" shirts with cream color ink ... so we have a coffee theme.
Click here to see the Anvil size chart.Learn MorePrice From: $12.00
Are you cold? Does your head need a hug? If so, the Sweet Maria's Knit Beanie is your warm, head-hugging solution. We offer them in one classic color combo, black & white...just like an oreo cookie, the Chicago White Sox, an orca or a checkerboard.
One size fits all. 100% Acrylic. Made in the USALearn More
If you have known us for a while, you may remember this skunk on an old T-shirt and our last soccer ball. We repurposed the little stinker from the now defunct Dick Simon trucking company. Chances are that if you lived in the Midwest you saw those trucks a lot.Learn More$0.25