Sweet Maria's Coffee
Tom's recordings about coffee from regions abroad and at home in California's SF Bay Area.
info_outline Five Minute Answers to Your Coffee Questions Ep. 2 11/25/2020
Five Minute Answers to Your Coffee Questions Ep. 2 You wanted to know. We wanted to tell you.
info_outline Personal Brewing Routines & The Weirdness of Coffee Culture 08/11/2020
Personal Brewing Routines & The Weirdness of Coffee Culture Tom, Dan and Ryan use a new exquisite corpse type format to share their opinions on the state of coffee culture and their personal coffee drinking habits.
info_outline Burundi & Global Coffee Market Issues 07/31/2019
Burundi & Global Coffee Market Issues This is a recording from a presentation we hosted at our warehouse in June 2019. Tom had recently returned from a trip to Africa and wanted to share his thoughts on the global coffee market and small holder farmers in Burundi.
info_outline Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia 01/08/2019
Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia Okay, this is a "podcast" with zero edits, just a voice recording basically. It's a December early morning in the origin of coffee origins, which is Kafa, Ethiopia, near the town of Bonga. I talk slow as molasses about various experiences and thoughts from the last couple weeks in Ethiopia. Maybe this is super boring. It's not like I am really into these monologues, but when I am jetlagged and inspired (odd combination), my resistance to rambling on is particularly low.
info_outline Talking With Jonas About Aillio and The Bullet R1 Roaster 09/10/2018
Talking With Jonas About Aillio and The Bullet R1 Roaster The inventor or the Bullet R1 coffee roaster, Jonas Lillie visited Sweet Maria's for our Bullet meet up event. He was also in town to show Tom and Julio some details about the internals of these awesome machines. One day, we hit the record button during a conversation/repair session in hopes of it turning into an informative podcast episode and Youtube video.
info_outline Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2 07/23/2018
Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2 Part 2 of 2 - Thompson and Alistair Sequeira talk about coffee and lotsa other stuff.
info_outline Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1 07/16/2018
Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1 Part 1 of talk about the coffee supply chain among other topics
info_outline Kenya Coffee PART 2: Growing, Trading and Marketing 04/03/2018
Kenya Coffee PART 2: Growing, Trading and Marketing Tom chats with Kenya coffee experts about the Kenyan coffee trade (Part 2 of 2)
info_outline Kenya Coffee PART 1: Growing, Trading and Marketing 04/03/2018
Kenya Coffee PART 1: Growing, Trading and Marketing Tom chats with Kenya coffee experts about the Kenyan coffee trade (Part 1 of 2)
info_outline Indonesian Coffee with Coffee Trader, David Shewmaker 08/28/2017
Indonesian Coffee with Coffee Trader, David Shewmaker An informative conversation with Daniel Shewmaker of MTC coffee traders, who sources coffee in Indonesia. He also grew up in Sulawesi and speaks Bahasa! While in Timor and Flores we were having good conversations about Indonesia coffee processing and quality, and the way it relates (or doesn't) to current coffee trade trends. -Tom
info_outline A conversation with John Karuru - Kenyan Agronomist 07/08/2016
A conversation with John Karuru - Kenyan Agronomist John Karuru is a Kenyan agronomist who works in Rwanda, and a person of wide-ranging knowledge. If you want to know how to escape a charging hippo, John's your man. In fact our conversation veers away from coffee quickly, but John's stories about growing up in East Africa are so entertaining. Where do they smoke coffee leaves? John knows. Hope you enjoy this one ... -Thompson
info_outline Kenya Coffee with Mette-Marie Hansen 02/03/2016
Kenya Coffee with Mette-Marie Hansen During his trip to Nairobi in Dec. of 2015, Tom had this casual conversation with Mette-Marie "Mia" Hansen about the confusing Kenyan coffee world and what it's like being a woman in this financial end of the coffee trade. Mia works for C. Dorman Coffee Exporters as a buyer and trader that also buys coffee from Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopa.
info_outline Morning Sounds from my Coffee Travels 08/04/2015
Morning Sounds from my Coffee Travels For many years I have recorded the ambient sounds I awake to while traveling in coffee-producing countries. Without many podcast ideas lately, and not really wanting to hear myself talk much, I thought these might be interesting to hear as ambient sound. But I found I had to add a voice-over track to explain where I was, and what was happening at the time. Oh well, here it is...
info_outline The Burundi Coffee System 07/16/2014
The Burundi Coffee System Tom describes the subjects of this podcast as "obscure details" but it's actually pretty interesting. We hope you enjoy his reflections on Burundi's coffee industry, production systems, colonial history, co-ops and other organizations.
info_outline Processing Coffee at Gitesi Rwanda 07/03/2014
Processing Coffee at Gitesi Rwanda During a trip to Rwanda, Tom documented his visit to the Gitesi processing station. This is where we get a lot of our Rwandan coffee from. The son of the mill's owner answers a lot of questions about the drying and processing of the coffee that is produced there. He also talks a bit about their future plans to expand and produce a greater quantity of coffee.
info_outline Cupping and Talking About The Taste Lexicon of Coffee 05/16/2014
Cupping and Talking About The Taste Lexicon of Coffee Tom and Chris Schooley cup coffee in Chris's kitchen and talk about the information that Tom brought back from his trip to Kansas State University where he met with a group of sensory analysis professionals. Please excuse the slurping/spitting noises that all coffee cuppers make.. The kids playing in the next room got a little loud at times too.
info_outline Coffee Rust Fungus and Organic Production in Honduras 03/24/2014
Coffee Rust Fungus and Organic Production in Honduras The effect of Roya (Coffee Leaf Rust) and the current crop.
info_outline Coffee Buying and Travel 02/20/2014
Coffee Buying and Travel Our first podcast takes place as Tom grinds and brews a cup of coffee in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He clears up a few misconceptions that people have about what happens after he steps off airplanes in origin countries. Learn about what goes into purchasing the coffee that ends up in your home roaster.