Daily Archive for April 13th, 2010

SCAA Coffee of the Year: Carlos Imbachi Wins Again!

Our Carlos Imbachi coffee (Finca Buenavista, San Augustin, Huila) just won the SCAA Coffee of the Year, AGAIN! I am pretty excited… as you can tell. Here are the results:

  • Overall Point Leader – Score 90.5 Country: Colombia Region: San Agustin, Huila Farm Name: Buenavista
  • Best of Origin – Score 87.375 Country: El Salvador Region: Apaneca/Ilamatapeq Mountain Range Farm Name: El Recuerdo
  • Best of Origin – Score 89.625 Country: Guatemala Region: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Farm Name: Puerta Verde
  • Best of Origin – Score 87.563 Country: USA/Hawaii Region: Ka’u Farm Name: The Rising Sun
  • Best of Origin – Score 89.313 Country: Honduras Region: Mogola / Marcala / La Paz Farm Name: La Isabela
  • Best of Origin – Score 89.222 Country: Kenya Region: Nyeri Farm Name: Gichathaini
  • Best of Origin – Score 85.558 Country: Nicaragua Region: Mozonte/Nueva Segovia Farm Name: Un Regalo de Dios
  • Best of Origin – Score 89.125 Country: Panama Region: Boquete Farm Name: Hacienda La Esmeralda
  • Best of Origin – Score 89.2 Country: Perú Region: Puno Farm Name: Tunk

Now, I don’t take it too sincerely. After all, we also put Kenya Gakuyu-ini Peaberry in to the COTY and they gave it 75 points! Completely lame. We even recupped it as we have numerous times and it’s impossible to give that coffee less that 88 unless you blow the roast on it. Clean cup and acidity gets you over 86 alone. So whatever. But I am excited, and it will be great to take this to Sr. Imbachi next time I visit him… Thanks to Virmax, the exporter, who sent in the Imbachi sample. It is from the same lot that is in transit to Sweet Maria’s right now… -Tom

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New Shopping Cart-o-mania

Late last week we launched a new shopping cart for Sweet Maria’s. The cart has a lot of new features, both on the front end that customers see, and the back end that we work with everyday.  It is the future! And it is good!  The cart is just a few days old, so if you encounter errors or other weird things, let us know, so we can fix them.

The new cart will require existing customers to re-create their log in since we were not able to able to transfer that information.   When you create a log in, you will be able to  check the status of your orders, retrieve tracking numbers, view your order history, save items to a wish list, store multiple ship to addresses, and more.  We have a new server set up too that will give us better  speed, reliability and security.  So it is worth it!

We will continue to slightly tweak the appearance of the cart as we go forward, and add various features that seem worth while.

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