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Topic: Types samples, and produce (?!?) (39 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
BTW Ben ... a lot of the sample boxes I sent out with that Coffee 
Kids benefit were "type samples" and "pre-ship samples" and NOT 
actual lots of coffee. Type samples especially are 300 grams that an 
exporter shows to a buyer or broker to impress them, but it's not an 
actual lot that exists. Even pre-ships can be a lot different even 
though technically they are pulled from the actual lot when it 
arrives at port. For example, I received the most awesome PNG 
pre-ship from Purosa plantation ... and  when it arrived I had to 
reject it. The pre-ship was like marmalade, the arrival was like 
oleo. Then I went out to all the people importing it (the farm 
produces quite a few containers) and cupped every lot that was being 
offered, hoping one was the "magic" marmalade one. Nope ... there was 
a wide range in cups and some were pretty nice, but none was close to 
that pre-ship. That's just how it goes. Really experienced cuppers 
know how to cup pre-ships and what range of flavor shifts to expect 
... and to what degree this is acceptable. It's just the nature of an 
agricultural product. I buy these bags of baby carrots at Trader Joes 
(not those little washed ones, these are full size) and inevitably 
each bags has a few that are INCREDIBLE and the rest are good, maybe 
a few are sorta dead in flavor. Actually Maria and I get our produce 
from a CSA farm , which is NOT what you think in our homeroast 
context, but it's a subscription farm that delivers a box of produce 
each week. The dirt clinging to those beets and carrots reminds you 
of the nature of the item ... maybe with coffee it is easier to 
forget...
Tom
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            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
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