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Our Posse's On Broadway (SCAA Seattle)

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Requesting Permission to LandRequesting Permission to Land

Costa Rica Coffee Competition

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Costa Rica is another example of how local competition for coffees sees the local coffee markets in an upward trajectory, despite the dip in NY.
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A newer micro-mill in Tarrazu, Costa RicaA newer micro-mill in Tarrazu, Costa Rica

Ethiopia Madness…and MANY more to come!

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Aricha is on it's way out, but don't sweat it, there's more than enough coffee to go around. Just see what we're adding next week!
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Yes, that's correct, we have more Ethiopia coffee hitting the list very soon - like next week "very soon". While we're more than thrilled we've sold 7500 LBS of our 10000 LB lot of dry process Aricha, we want to make sure people know that there are other really fantastic lots of coffee that will be added over the coming weeks. For Ethiopia, we have a dry-process Sidama lot from Konga station hitting the site middle of next week that has our excitement on par with that of the Aricha we're currently running out of.

Coffee Shrub's recent visit to Food Craft Institute in Oakland

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We had the pleasure of taking part in Food Craft Institute's multipart series on coffee entrepreneurship.
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Amanda at the FCI in OaklandAmanda at the FCI in Oakland

Last Saturday, March 8th, Sweet Maria's/Coffee Shrub taught a class in the Food Craft Institute’s Coffee Bar 101 course series. The students were all in the beginning stages of opening cafes and/or roasteries. They had spent previous weeks learning about different business aspects like financing and business training, as well as understanding the different stages of the roast process.

Carry on through with two new Guatemalan coffees

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It's a hard time of year to find good Central American offerings. We're listing a small quantity of our 2 best lots we have at the warehouse in order to carry folks through til new crop lands in Spring.
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Shopping around for a current-crop Guatemalan coffee that cups 'fresh' is a tall order this time of year. Until early harvested coffee arrives in Spring you're relegated to culling through Spot samples of what is soon to be less-than-fresh past crop. We cupped our few remaining lots - the latest arrivals from last year - and listed 10 bags of each of the two best coffees on Shrub. Both coffees are cupping very clean and sweet, and so we're happy to offer these two options to our customers in order to fill any gaps you might have on your menu until new crop lands down the road.

Heading Toward Early Harvest in Central America

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While our selection of late-harvest Centrals narrows on the Shrub offering list, the crop is in full swing in the lower and middle altitude farms. I traveled to Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past couple weeks. It's too early to cup and select lots really, but more as a planning trip, to see how the harvest is going, and find out how Roya and other problems are affecting the crop.

Cuptoberfest 2013

Last week Coffee Shrub and Sweet Maria’s had the pleasure of hosting another “Cuptoberfest” here in West Oakland. 20 roasters from 5 different roasting companies converged on the warehouse for a group cupping and discussion, led by our own Chris Schooley. The focus was based around his article on stretching out the roast, where he looks at how adding time to different legs of the roast profile affects the flavor in the cup.

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