Sweet Maria’s Staff Picks – Oct. 2021: Featuring Descafeinada

Meet Descafeinada.

I’m the office manager of Sweet Maria’s and Coffee Shrub. No one really knows what I do but I have been showing up for about 5 years now so everyone trusts I’m doing something important.

How did you become interested in coffee?

I’ve been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember. It’s pretty common in Latino households for the kids to join in a nightly cup of coffee, typically after dinner or an event and almost always with pan dulce. (My family members are strictly decaf drinkers so no judgment please.) I was made aware of specialty coffee when my brother moved to the bay area and became a production roaster. I followed a few years later and was able to score a job with Sweet Maria’s.

Here are my picks. I’m a minimalist when it comes to most things and my approach to these coffee selections was basically how well they paired with the food I was about to eat.

Ethiopia Gera Telila – (city+) Bright pomegranate, tart cherries with a brown sugar aftertaste. This did a great job of washing down my peanut butter perfect bar/greek yogurt combo. 

México Las Pitas Catamarago Cultivar – (full city) Both bright and sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Went well with both savory and sweet dishes, think banana bread or huevos con chorizo. Versatile.

Brazil Dry Process Cafeicultores de Minas – (city++) Roasted peanuts with a bit of sesame paste. Makes a tasty iced coffee with a splash of milk and compliments oatmeal topped with dried fruit and walnuts nicely.

Costa Rica Don Mayo La Loma Don (city++) -0 Piloncillo (panela), dulce de leche, milk chocolate. Honestly, this is just perfect by itself but I could have used some waffles topped with fresh berries.

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