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 was a term devised to mean higher levels of green coffee quality than average "industrial coffee" or "commercial coffee". At this point, the term is of limited use, since every multi-national coffee broker 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+ roast is an ideal roast level that occurs roughly between 425 and 435 degrees Fahrenheit in many coffee roasters with a responsive bean probe where First Crack starts in the 395 to 405 degree) Bright pomegranate, tart cherries with a Brown sugar is a type of sweetness found in coffee ...a sweetness characterized by a hint of molasses, yet quite refined as well. Since Brown sugar of the common type is highly refined (made by Aftertaste refers to lingering residual sensations in the mouth after coffee has swallowed. It might be distinguished from "finish" which is the final sensations of the coffee while it leaves the mouth. Also see Afternose.. 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 is the minimally processed sugar with floral and vanilla accents: Found in Colombia (and noted to be best in Pitalito and Pedregal), Panela is tan-colored cakes of sugar that are not fully refined. They), dulce de leche, milk A general flavor or aroma term reminiscent of chocolate. But what type? Usually described with more specifics.: Chocolate is a broad, general flavor or aroma term reminiscent of chocolate. But what type? There are so. Honestly, this is just perfect by itself but I could have used some waffles topped with fresh berries.
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