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Tom's recordings about coffee from regions abroad and at home in California's SF Bay Area.

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Tom's recordings about coffee from regions abroad and at home in California's SF Bay Area.

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Great humor and informative podcasts

By Peter - Kusini Coffee - Jun 05 2018
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Your podcasts are amazing, informative and funny to listen too. They are not for everyone but it worked well for me with your humor; from the background music, the questions and american accent pronunciation of local words. I learnt a ton about coffee growing in East Africa and the green coffee trade. You always keep it real with the growers! Great podcast on East African coffees. Peter - Kusini Coffee

Tom is the man!

By Little Roaster - Mar 28 2014
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I listen Tom’s podcasts while shopping sweet maria’s. Great experience!

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
26
8
0
0
1

Great humor and informative podcasts

By Peter - Kusini Coffee - Jun 05 2018
Read more
Your podcasts are amazing, informative and funny to listen too. They are not for everyone but it worked well for me with your humor; from the background music, the questions and american accent pronunciation of local words. I learnt a ton about coffee growing in East Africa and the green coffee trade. You always keep it real with the growers! Great podcast on East African coffees. Peter - Kusini Coffee

Tom is the man!

By Little Roaster - Mar 28 2014
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I listen Tom’s podcasts while shopping sweet maria’s. Great experience!

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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Sweet Maria's Coffee

Latest release on Nov 25, 2020

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 16 days ago

Rank #1: Cupping and Talking About The Taste Lexicon of Coffee

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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.

May 16 2014

44mins

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Rank #2: Hot Air Popcorn Popper Roasting

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On New Year's Day 2014, Tom was out of roasted coffee and decided to solve the problem with his hot air popcorn popper.

Mar 04 2014

16mins

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Rank #3: A conversation with John Karuru - Kenyan Agronomist

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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

Jul 08 2016

44mins

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Rank #4: Kenya Coffee PART 1: Growing, Trading and Marketing

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Part 1 of 2

A while back we had Mary Maina Manyeki visit us in Oakland, and had a great conversation about her experiences as a Kenya coffee farmer. This transitioned into a more general conversation with Wycliffe, a trader and agronomist from Kenyacof, and Kat, a trader from Sucafina USA, about the coffee market in Kenya. I split that generally into Part 1 and Part 2 as the conversation was quite long! This is (again) just a lo-fi recording of a conversation about coffee, but there are many good details in here about how coffee is grown, traded and marketed from the tree to the retailer overseas. Please give it a listen, despite the lack of great production! -Tom

Apr 03 2018

24mins

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Rank #5: Coffee Cultivation in Colombia PART 2

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PART 2. This isn't really a podcast. It's a recorded Skype conversation. The quality is pretty low. But if you are dying to know details of the issues facing coffee farmers in Colombia, there's some nuggets of wisdom in here (if you can hear them over the car alarm in the background, ha ha). Leonardo Henao occupies a unique position to discuss Colombian coffee. He has training in agronomy and business, works with many small farmers around the country to source and export their coffee, is a confident cupper and roaster, and now is planting a farm in the Urrao area of Antioquia with unique (and technically forbidden) varieties of coffee like Moka, old Caturra, Gesha and Bourbon. The first part deals with cultivation temperatures for arabica in a warming climate, while the second part is a discussion of coffee varieties like Caturra and Castillo. For most, this is dull stuff. Not for me, and maybe not for you.

Nov 12 2015

35mins

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Rank #6: Local Coffee Price and Competition

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For some this podcast may seem esoteric, but I wanted to take on ideas about sourcing coffee and the rather simplistic ideas, overt and implied, in the way "direct trade" coffee is marketed by coffee roasters. There isn't one approach to working with farmers and buying quality coffee, even within one country, let alone in systems as varied as Ethiopia and Guatemala. I don't pretend to have all the answers, to understand the global financial commodities market, or the intricacies of the local market, but you can see that there is much more to a successful relationship than tossing money at coffee farmers. The more I am "active" in coffee buying, the more complicated things can be. Maybe the chickens that disrupt the podcast know more than me ... Thompson

Mar 14 2014

24mins

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Rank #7: The Burundi Coffee System

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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.

Jul 16 2014

30mins

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Rank #8: Ferment in Colombia with Leo

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Thompson talks with Leonardo Henao about breaking the rules on coffee fermentation, and how a focus on microorganisms might alter the conceptual framework of what processing and fermentation are to coffee flavors.

Nov 04 2014

26mins

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Rank #9: Pity Needs a new Pair of Shoes

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When in Kenya, and while getting used to the idea of podcasting, Tom recorded some fun conversations.

Feb 22 2014

9mins

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Rank #10: Talking With Jonas About Aillio and The Bullet R1 Roaster

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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.

Sep 10 2018

1hr 31mins

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