Sweet Maria’s Emailer Roundup – March, 2021

Our monthly digest from the Sweet Maria’s Email list, announcing new coffees, new content and new events!

March 2021 offerings are all listed here for your reference. If you want to receive emails about our arriving coffee, events, product and news, sign up for our emailer.

March 3, 2021

Latest Coffees
Latest Coffees
Sulawesi Gowa Desa Topidi – Topidi exudes developed sweetness that works to bring balance at a broad range of roasts, clean acidity, and notes of malted milk balls, chocolate-covered pear, and fruit turnover.

Flores Wolo WioCity+ is a good starting point, sorghum syrup, marzipan, bran muffin, cacao nibs, toffee, with a chocolatey aftertaste. Apple-like acidity lends to perception of bouyant body.  Good for espresso.

Java Wet Hulled Tambak Ruyung – Tambak Ruyung expresses cacao-like bittering that helps keep top notes like pipe tobacco, pine oil, fresh tarragon and sage, close to the ground. Good for espresso.

New bags coming soon

Green coffee is really durable but using high quality storage bags can help extend it’s life and flavors. This is why we decided to start selling reusable Ecotact storage bags. Keep an eye out. We should have them available in a few days. In the meantime check out the article and video explaining why we wanted to carry them and how they work.

March 5, 2021

latest coffees
February 5, 2021 – Latest Coffees
Peru El Diamante Roger Chilcon – The cup is simple, yet refined, minimally-processed sugars, almond biscotti, dark chocolate and a hint of apple tea that adds an elegant acidic impression. City to Full City+.

Sumatra Honey Process Kerinci – Cools to notes of palm sugar, rice syrup, honey, aromatics of tobacco leaf and pineapple sage, and opaque bittersweetness if roasted dark. Good for espresso.

Ethiopia Dry Process Tesfaye Doni – Big fruited flavors of dried strawberry, natural apricot, and banana bread, along with aromatic wood and fruited florals in the nose. Good for espresso.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul Bojonalito – While I pick up on subtle top notes of baked apple, dark cola and vanilla bean, it’s the rich, chocolate bittersweets that are likely to be universal. Good for espresso..

Rwanda Rusizi NyakarenzoTea-like top notes and mouth cleansing acidity found in light roasts make for an elegant pour-over. Transparent sweetness, simple syrup, delicate tea notes of Assam and apple-y Chamomile.

DIY Moka Java Blend Sampler – The Moka Java blend is probably the most widely produced blend in the world, and certainly the oldest. We’ve grouped together our own coffees to make contemporary version of this old standby. Click here to read more about the world’s oldest blend.

All about the clever

The Clever Coffee Dripper is in a category of it’s own. It’s an immersion brewer like a french press, also kind of like a cone dripper, but it also has a cup-activated drain similar to a…hmmm…a sink drain. I you are looking for low-fuss, super-easy way to make a great cup, check it out. Want to win one along with a Baratza grinder, coffee and a few other brewers? Check out Banyan Coffee’s contest on IG.

March 10, 2021

Latest Arrivals
Rwanda Ngororero – Versatile, light roasts bring out raw sugar, honey aroma and lemon oil, whereas Full City ties together chocolate bittersweets, graham cracker, and anise accent. Good for espresso.

Costa Rica Dota El Conquistador – Crowd pleasing, trades brightness for body, with chocolate roast flavors, cocoa biscuit, bittering cacao, campfire marshmallow, and toasted almond. Good for espresso.

bags in stock

We just started carrying Ecotact zip-seal green coffee stand-up storage pouches. They are a great hiding place for your coffee before it’s time to pour it into your roaster. Nine high barrier layers help prevent shifts in moisture levels and will preserve the cup quality of your unroasted coffee, Available in 1KG, 2KG and 5KG sizes.

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wobble roaster

Home coffee roaster and Sweet Maria’s customer, Larry Cotton is at it again with another awesome DIY roasting machine. The difference between this and his past creations is this one is all-in-one, meaning the heating element (heat gun) is built in. Larry says that it does produce some smoke and since there’s no chaff collection, it’s designated as an outdoor roaster.

wobble roaster

March 12, 2021

latest arrivals
latest arrivals – 3/12/21

Ethiopia Organic Yirga Cheffe Chelbesa Danche – Classic Yirga Cheffee flavors, rue herbal accents play off perfumed floral notes, complex sweetness, incense hint, rindy citrus note that has a grabby aspect, surprisingly resilient to Full City roasting. Good for espresso.

Rwanda Yellow Honey Kanyege – Spiced fragrance, aromatic maple, candy corn Halloween candies, with vivid an acidic impression underscored by hints of tart green apple and iced black tea.

Sulawesi Honey Process Tana Luwu – Tana Luwu has plump, juicy body, unrefined sugar sweetness, notes of dried fruit, lime acidic impression, jamaica tea, and sweet herbal notes accenting the finish.  Good for espresso.

Kenya Kiambu Evans Farm Peaberry – The cup is aromatic, sweet, and undoubtedly complex. Packed with unrefined sugar sweetness, cinnamon stick, orange spiced herbal tea, fragrant citrus oil, and an oak barrel hint.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul Paraiso – Dark roasts stick well within a palette of chocolate flavors, pleasantly bittering chocolate alkaloids, unrefined sweetness of caramelized sugars, hints of flan and chocolate stout. Good for espresso.

Sumatra Wet Process Pantan Musara – I found myself comparing this coffee to a wet process Sulawesi. Sweet cup, raw cane sugar, dark corn syrup, herbal hints, burdock root, pine aroma and clean acidity like citrus peel.

Guatemala Organic Huehuetenango Familia OvalleSilky texture helps convey flavors of caramel and almond milk, opaque chocolate roast flavors and a roasted pumpkin seed note. A great option for milk drinks. Good for espresso.

Ethiopia Dry Process Bogale DeyasoRustic fruit flavors, molasses sugars, fragrant foresty accents, notes of dehydrated apricot, prune, and tamarind, aromatic cedar, and bittersweet bass notes.

Glass Chimney

Glass chimneys are a helpful tool for home roasters needing to retain heat and airborne coffee beans when roasting with certain air poppers. We currently have them in stock on our website. Check out the video in our library.

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Deciding what roaster to purchase can be tough. We are here to help. Consider how much coffee you would like to roast, what your budget is, how much space you have to set up your roaster and if you are the perfectionist type. Knowing these personal facts can make choosing your next machine a breeze after reading our Home Roaster FAQ.

home roaster FAQ

Deciding what roaster to purchase can be tough. We are here to help. Consider how much coffee you would like to roast, what your budget is, how much space you have to set up your roaster and if you are the perfectionist type. Knowing these personal facts can make choosing your next machine a breeze after reading our Home Roaster FAQ.

March 17, 2021

3/17/21 Latest Arrivals
3/17/21 Latest Arrivals
Congo Kivu Kalehe Cooperative – Sweet, spiced and with tangy citrus accents, flavor notes of orange, cardamom pod and clove, marmalade spread, and the acidic impression is grabby like grapefruit.

Honduras San Vicente Feliciano Sabillon – An all-around accessible, balanced coffee. Honeyed sweetness with notes of caramelized confections like butter brickle and toffee-coated peanut.

espresso picks

One of the search categories on our website is “Good for Espresso”. What makes a good espresso is a pretty subjective question but we do our best to pick out the ones that to us, are the best to pull shots with. This hopefully saves our espresso drinking customers a lot of time, money and guesswork. Check our recent article about how bitterness, sweetness and mouthfeel all come into play when we place coffees in “Good for Espresso”.

vintage roasters shirt

One of our favorite shirt designs is back and in black. We hope you like it and that this shirt will always be darker than your roasted coffee beans.

Vintage Roasters Tee

March 19, 2021

Latest Arrivals - March 19, 2021
Latest Arrivals – March 19, 2021

Flores Tangkul Village – Balanced sweetness, milky body, notes of brownie batter, earth-toned cacao, dark tobacco leaf, and a finish that’s spiced with an aromatic peppercorn note. Good for espresso.

Brazil Dry Process Sítio do Engenho – Core flavors are like rustic palm sugar and reduced balsamic, branching out to accent notes of wheat berry, green melon, toasted sesame seed, nori, dried goji berry and fermented miso. A unique Brazil!

Rwanda Rutsiro Mushonyi – A matrix of honey and caramel sweetness, along with top notes of aromatic Earl Grey, apple butter, clove spice and structuring acidic impression like iced black tea. Good for espresso.

Sumatra Raja Batak Peaberry – A wet-hulled with classic Lintong character, malty sweetness accented by earthy notes of leather and burdock root, bittering cacao, tobacco leaf, and peat. Viscous body lends to a long finish.

Guatemala Patzun Finca Las Camelias – Fruit flavors are most front-facing at Full City, blackberry and red raisin rolled into dense layers of dark chocolate, and Dutch drinking cocoa, accents of torched sugar glaze. Good for espresso.

Java Honey Process Frinsa Estate – A cup profile heavily weighted in chocolate bittersweetness, the top note accents are fruity and slightly rustic, like pulpy berry, dried cherry, and prune.

Timor Organic SWP Letefoho Decaf – A relaunch of this decaf that we think is great for drip brewing but perfect for espresso! It’s so viscous and chocolatey bittersweet, cinnamon-spiced cocoa, baking chocolate, roasted cacao nibs and more. An ideal base for decaf milk drinks too.

IG Best Way to Roast

What’s the right way to roast or brew coffee? Well, if it tastes good, that means you are doing it right. Check out the comments on our recent Instagram post. Most folks agree.

March 24, 2021

3/24/21 - Latest Arrivals
3/24/21 – Latest Arrivals
Ethiopia Organic Nansebo Refisa – An aromatic cup in all of our roasts, dried florals, sweet herbs, and fragrant woody incense, notes of simple syrup, orange essence, fruit gum, and grabby citrus finish.

Flores Golewa Sobo – The bittersweet centerpiece comes off like semi-sweet cocoa powder, with simple brown sugar, a hint of spice, soft acidity, and sweet potato pie note.

Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca Rosma – A flavor compound of oatmeal-raisin cookie, molasses sugar, rustic dark fruit, cacao bittersweetness, dried coconut, and berry-like acidity.  Good for espresso.

Popper Resources

If you have been with us for a while, you know that we are big fans of roasting with electric popcorn poppers. They are great for first timers since they are inexpensive compared to actual coffee roasters.  They also offer a lot of DIY vibes and opportunities for modification so many seasoned home roasters have chosen air poppers as their primary roaster.  Check out our popper resource page where we have compiled years of info about this awesome appliance that was never intended to roast coffee.

March 26, 2021

Latest Arrivals - 3/26/21
Latest Arrivals – 3/26/21

Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo – Balanced sweet and bitter flavors give way to baking spice and accents of crisp apple, raisin, Darjeeling tea, and moderate lemon-like acidity. Darker roasts have a chocolate-cherry flavor note. Check out our video tour of Dusangirijambo.

Brazil Dry Process Lambari Adriana Guerra – Unique flavors, fruited, rustic sweetness, and surprising acidity for Brazil. Flavor notes of melon rind, boiled peanut, rice vinegar, sesame butter, and a freeze dried berry accent.

Rwanda Nyamasheke Mutovu – Aromatic sweetness, butterscotch candy, panela sugar, with lovely accent notes of golden raisin, apple, warming spice, vanilla, orange oil and a tannic hint of black tea. Good for espresso. Take a video tour of Mutovu.

Papua New Guinea Baroida Morita – Vanilla taffy aroma, cup sweetness has palm sugar and molasses, accented by fruited notes of orange, tamarind, and candied lemon, with finishing hints of aromatic tobacco and spice.

Papua New Guinea Kainantu Urara – Sweet flavors of caramel popcorn and toffee, brilliant acidity, pulpy fruited accents, red apple, cooling to hints of cinnamon powder and fruited herbal tea.

Kenya Nyeri Ichamama AB – A buttery honey sweetness leaves an aromatic imprint on the cup profile, with notes of cranberry-apple juice, bittersweet grapefruit, dark brown sugar, and a berry hint.

Espresso Workshop #48 Number Forty-Two – Full City whittles down the sharp acidity found in lighter roasts, building out chocolate richness, fudgey flavors, fruited hints of plum, pomegranate (not tart though), and tamarind hard candy. Full City+ are packed with carbonized bittersweetness and best for milk drinks.  Good for espresso.


Rewind to 1984. Purple Rain was released, Reagan was in office, Wendy’s asked “Where’s the beef?”, Alex Trebek asked his first answer and Melitta introduced the first fluid bed coffee roaster.

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March 31, 2021

Latest Arrivals 3/31/21
Latest Arrivals 3/31/21
Honduras La Peña Denilson Madrid – A well-balanced Central American coffee, with sweet notes of light brown sugar and sucanat, a hint of roasted almond, apple highlight, and malic acidic impression.

Rwanda Dry Process Nyakabingo – Middle roasts move beyond molasses sweetness, to fruit and spice flavors, notes of berry-infused dark chocolate, plum, overripe citrus, and a hint of heart of palm in the finish.

Staff picks

Sweet Maria’s crew member, Hadley chose this round of our Staff Picks. Check out the coffees he chose, why he chose them and be amazed at how he wrote his reviews while waiting in the Taco Bell drive thru.

Staff Picks

Indo Sample Set

This sample set is a cross-section coffees from Indonesian growing regions more common to our Indonesian coffee list, and highlights the uniqueness in processing traditions and vastly different cup flavors that come with them. It currently includes coffees from Flores, a Sulawesi Honey Process, Sumatra Wet Process and a Sumatra Peaberry

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