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Product Guide: Green Coffee Samplers

We recommend our samplers to anyone who getting started roasting coffee and to experienced roasters who just want to mix it up bit have a little variety sent to their doorstep. Trying a sampler is one of the best ways to get started home roasting, especially if if you are unsure of what coffee to get and our offerings list ends up looking like a maze for your taste buds. Each sampler contains coffee from different growing areas (Central America, South America, Africa and Indonesia) which means that there will be a wide spectrum of flavors. This is as great way to educate your palate and associate growing regions with certain flavor notes.

The coffee that makes up our samplers change almost daily basis so we can't take requests. We can promise that you will get a really good variety and that you will save some money doing so.

We offer 8 pound (8 different coffees) and 4 pound (4 different coffees) samplers. We have espresso and decaf options too. If you choose an 8 pound espresso sampler, we will send some of our Sweet Maria's blends, and some single origins considered good for espresso. The 4 pound espresso sampler will be mostly/all espresso blends.

Keep in mind that we don't purchase cheap-o, old, low quality coffee for samplers (or for any other reason). All sampler coffee is coffee that is currently being sold on our site or has recently gone out of stock. If you really like a coffee from your sampler and we have sold out of it, keep track of the flavor notes on the label and look for other coffees in our offerings that provide the same flavors.

Click here to check them out for yourself.

New Labels

We have changed our shipping labels. We know it's not a concern for some folks but we wanted to let you know that we have put some thought into something as simple as this. In the past, we would need to print an entire sheet of paper with your order and a postcard sized shipping label...and keep them together in a tall stack of other labels and sheets as we picked your coffee and merchandise from our shelves. Now, everything's on one page which has made things run a bit smoother around here. When things run smoother, we pack boxes faster, which means you get your coffee faster. Want to re-purpose this sheet that you will find in your next order? You can cut out your name and address area and use it as a return address label on your next payment to the electric/gas company.

Three Great New Arrivals

Guatemala Antigua Finca Cabrejo has pristine clarity, Bosc pear, black currant, silky mouthfeel, and praline candy finish.

Peru FTO Cecovasa is a simple, but pleasing, cup with brown sugar sweetness, milky body, raisin, and a black tea note.

Ethiopia Kaffa Michiti Coop has a complex character with floral notes, dried peach, Earl Grey, creamy body, fresh ginger, and cinnamon stick.

Four New Coffees

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - Agua Dulce is intensely sweet with buttery caramel, peach, apricot and rhubarb that really make this lot stand out from the rest.

Guatemala Volcan de Fuego Gesha is a single bag of this famed varietal and exhibits some of the floral characteristics of our earlier lot, but this one can take a bit more roast and is still packed with raw sugar sweetness and tropical fruit notes--very limited offering.

Ethiopia Dry-Process Yirga Cheffe Konga is fantastic with dried strawberry, chocolate, floral hints, ripe, sweet fruits ranging from grapefruit, pomello, pear, blueberry and more.

Yemen Mokha Harasi has brown sugar, white peach, nectarine, dark chocolate, syrupy body, and brazil nut.

Sinful Science at The Chabot Space Center

Usually Sweet Maria's coffee roasting demonstrations take place at DIY festivals, classrooms and foodie events so when we were invited to come to a planetarium/science center to participate in an event called Sinful Science, we were very curious as to what was in store. There was actully nothing sinful about this event. It was quite the opposite.