FYI: New Crop Week

We have one new crop Guatemala and two new crop Costa Rica coffees coming on line tomorrow (about noon our time).

Small Quality-Obsessed Coffee Roasters On the Rise!

[caption id="attachment_765" align="alignnone" width="388" caption="Totally Unrelated to Anything. Captain Scarlet.What coffee would the Mysterons drink?"]Totally Unrelated to Anything. Captain Scarlet. [/caption] Yawn. Double Yawn.

Shopping Cart is Up.

Well, the only reason we would say so is that we had an issue for about an hour today, and it is resolved. "The cart threw a PHP error" as Josh would say, but it didn't affect anything except the damn thing wouldn't load the pages, just a white screen. In the course of this, I have learned that Cache is just pronounced "Cash" and not "Cash-Ay", or so insists techie Josh, who also says "wizzywig" and "prosumer" in regular speech. Who am I to argue, being so Web 1.0 and all. -Tom

Getting Close to a Coffee Cherry (Video)

I was shooting cross-section macro images of a coffee cherry from my yard, and thought I would shoot some video too, and explain the coffee cherry parts as best I could:

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.

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!

Unfancy Chemex Brewing Video

Another poor quality brewing video, with a few good tips. The only revelation here is to use the new Bonmac "pointy tip style" filters with the Chemex. The are made for the Hario type brewer and are a little short in the Chemex, but they leave much less "paper taste" in the cup.

Maui Moka 11 Screen


Maui Moka 11 Screen, originally uploaded by sweetmarias.

Maui Moka 11 Screen next to a Nic Pacamara Natural 17-21 screen. Like

Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Sumatra

We are adding 100 new coffees today! April Fools! Actually, we are only adding four but they are outstanding. First up are two new microlots from South America: Ecuador Luz Chinchay and Flora Bermeo Microlot is a combined lot from two wonderful women farmers that are participants in a new cooperative effort to bring carefully grown small farm coffees to market.

Aeropress Coffee Brewer: Looks Awful. Works Well

A 10 minute video about using the Aeropress medical device uh, coffee brewer. It looks a bit better in HD and a larger video area on youtube. Again, a quick and boring video with no production value, but some decent information.

Macro Mayhem - Looking at Home Roasted Coffee (Video)

Yet another macro image look, this time at roasted coffee, talking about good roasts and bad... The samples are from the Home-Barista.com home roast competition.

Green Coffee School (2 videos)

These are my first attempt to do this- use my nice still camera and macro lens to look closely at various green coffees and talk about what I am seeing. Boring imagery to many except the fanatics out there. I think things get more interesting in Part 2. Watch them on youtube in HD for the best imagery.

Filtercone Brewing Video, Melitta Style ...and Clever Coffee Dripper Video Too!

A 7 minute video about brewing technique in a ceramic filtercone for pour-over drip coffee. Not great quality, no edits, one take. But some good info.

Fresh Roast SR300 and SR500

At long last we have new air roaster to sell, the Fresh Roast SR300 and SR500.

Sorting Coffee in Yirga Cheffe, & other Ethiopia short videos

I uploaded many short videos from my December Ethiopia excursion to youtube recently.
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