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ErikP
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 3:31pm
Subject: Sweet Maria's Samplers
 

So are these good deals or not?  Seems like the first sample pack I got, while the coffee was good, included several coffees that weren't being listed for sale on the site.  Are they using the samplers to dump sub par beans or are the beans representative of the quality of the listed beans?
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JKalpin
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 8:19pm
Subject: Re: Sweet Maria's Samplers
 

Welcome to the forum ...!!

If you browse through Sweet Maria's catalog of green beans you will find ...there's a lot.

Once you get into roasting you will wonder which beans you should be getting.  How to know what you like?  Well,
by buying samplers. I have roasted through hundreds of pounds and I still buy samplers.

I usually buy 2 lb samplers.  Because of my usage and I roast 10 oz at a time and can get 3 roasts out of (roughly) 2 lbs.

There is no evidence that Sweet Maria's uses 'samplers' to dispose of 'ends of bags'.  Actually, the opposite is true.  My biggest problem is that when I find a sampler that appeals to me and try to place (say) a 10 lb order they have already sold it out.

 
Jerry
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ErikP
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Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 9:31pm
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You are definitely correct - I am wondering which beans to buy out of a very large list.

That is why I tried the first (8#) sampler, and was thinking of ordering another.  Just wondered what the general feeling was on the quality of the sampler beans was relative to the long list of available coffees.

Didn't want to keep buying samplers if the consensus of experienced roasters was that the samplers were generally of lesser quality.

Thank you for putting my mind at ease on that issue.

I will order more samplers!

Thanks
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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 7:59pm
Subject: Re: Sweet Maria's Samplers
 

I've been sorta hit and miss with the samplers... One thing I've noticed is that it's hard to get everything dialed in with a one pound sample size. By the time I dial in a good roast, and I get the grinder all dialed in for the bean I roasted, the 1# is gone.

It's funny because I wasn't really impressed with their Monkey blend which is a regular blend for them, but some of the ones with names I'll never remember were pretty good.

I got my 8# sample for free when I bought a Behmor so I can't complain. However once that's all gone, I'll likely go back to my local source who has a Malabar I really love.
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 10:39am
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I guess we'll find out. I just ordered their 8lb espresso sampler.
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MikeWI
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Posted Fri Nov 8, 2013, 5:59pm
Subject: Re: Sweet Maria's Samplers
 

Just make sure you take notes!  I bought that same sampler and there were a few that got a "wow" reaction from me, but then I forgot to write down the name.  Every time.
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z0mbie
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Posted Sat Nov 9, 2013, 4:27am
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MikeWI Said:

Just make sure you take notes!  I bought that same sampler and there were a few that got a "wow" reaction from me, but then I forgot to write down the name.  Every time.

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Will do! :)
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 3:15pm
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Almost all I order now is the 8lb samplers.  I don't really have a favorite region or anything, and I love the variety that comes with the sampler.  It works perfect for me.
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