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Topic: "World's 4th best' specialty coffee" (5 msgs / 101 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I don't really know how to have a tactful response to this, so I will 
just be frank: I have cupped this coffee, and I found it utterly 
mediocre. It really tasted low-grown to me. They have some serious 
SERIOUS money behind them. At SCAA they had a huge fancy booth. I 
mean, few farms have booths at all, and for comparison Fazenda 
Ipanema, the largest (possibly richest) coffee mill/farm group in 
Brazil had a booth about 1/4 the size. So it just struck me as a 
little bizarre. I did 2 of the Roasters Guild cuppings that 
determined this result (not the Nicaragua cupping though), and the 
cuppers are much different than something like the Cup of Excellence. 
It was a mix of people with a range of experience. Some people seemed 
confused by the basics of the cupping process in one of my groups. 
and each cupping panel was not calibrated with eachother so 
theoretically the average for a Africa panel could be 85 when the 
coffees are spectacular and the average for a Nicaragua panel could 
be 93 ...but in any case, there were good coffees there and maybe I 
should check out the lot they submitted to the event. Frankly, 
Dipilto region coffees are often the most remarkable Nics, and this 
years Miraflor is incredible - we have more coming very soon. My pals 
at Stumptown buy the bulk of it.-Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

2) From: Brett Mason
So not counting the rest, Jesus' Coffee sucks...
Shame really, why didn't he just have his mom go fill some urns with
water...
Brett
On 5/18/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Brett Mason
I should have written, despite all the other things he is known for, his
coffee just sucks.  I would have expected someone of his stature and control
to have delivered more at the cupping table....
Brett
On 5/18/07, Brett Mason  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
My comments are just about their coffee, and how odd it seems that 
there is serious money there. That's all... if they have a mission to 
help out people, I think that's great, and much needed. -Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

5) From: George Birchard
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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That was a tactful response - much appreciated. I got a message that 
slipped into my main mailbox instead of my coffee box, which looked like 
spam. The message made it sound like they were cutting down rainforest 
to grow this coffee:
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It could well be low grown. Note that 1,792 meters apparently describes 
the height of the peak, not the altitude of the coffee bushes.


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