getting back to blogging the blog.

Boy, isn’t blog an awful word. Then again, blogs can be kind of awful. I’ve been thinking a bit lately that this weblog isn’t what i wanted it to be. I have been using it to announce new coffee arrivals, which is fine. But with our new site improvements, i feel like that is a redundant use, and not very exciting anyway. So I am going to return to the original idea – the day-to-day at sweet maria’s … and just post what I am doing here and thinking about on a routine basis. The good thing about my role here is that it changes, and some of it can be mildly interesting. For example, today I am roasting samples from a Sumatra cultivar experiment, the work of a coffee researcher named Tony Marsh. He painstakingly went through the Aceh area to identify unique tree types, many at an existing but abandoned government research station in Bener Mariah area. Then they produced 2 samples from each cultivar they found, aq wet-hulled sample and a wet-process sample. So I am roasting them all (I have nothing but codes to cup by – it’s a fully blind experiment) and will log my cupping results. I’ll write more about it later. We also have been testing some SO coffees as espresso, including the dry-process Centrals we roasted for our Coffee Pairing this week. The Mex Nayarit Dry Process was nice – the Guat Oriente DP as espresso was too, too fruity. That coffee really sits on the edge of fruity and over-fruity, an interesting lot to taste, if nothing more than to define where that line (fruity-overly fruity) lies according to your palate. For me, it depends on the roast. A bit darker and it is positive fruity chocolate; but lighter and it has the sourness of overripe fruit. After I finish roasting, I am going to Costco. Woo Hoo. After that I will be cupping the first Main Crop Kenya Auction samples, not expecting too much though… Tom

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4 Responses to “getting back to blogging the blog.”


  1. 1 krismcn

    Yeah for blogging! I do like the announcements though, since I get them immediately in my RSS reader.

    I absolutely ADORE the Guat DP as an SO espresso. I’ve been drinking nothing else on the weekends for months now. I do take it to a light Vienna, however, far darker than I ever roast anything else. That’s where it really hits as a fruit bomb wrapped in a chocolate bomb!

  2. 2 MichaelRpdx

    MichaelRpdx wrote:

    Boy, isn’t blog an awful word.

    Hated it from the first encounter. And we’re stuck with it.

    Too fruity threshold? I’m getting some …

    Do keep up the announcement listings, the RSS feed is useful.

  3. 3 Cotatiadam

    Awesome! I love hearing about your day to day bean duty. I have learned so much from you and your shop in the past year. please still include the new arrivals in the blog as well as what you are up to. I would hate to miss anything. But i suppose if am reading this often enough I won’t.

  4. 4 rabornmd

    Hats off to tony March for trekking Aceh Let me know how the Kenyans come out also!

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