Sagebrush Coffee

Costa Rica Oscar Tarrazu Swiss Water Process Gold Label Decaf

$23.24
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Tasting Notes


We have added several Decaf beans, partly because they have been selling so well and partly because our friends at Swiss Water Process keep releasing amazing coffees. This Costa Rican bean was cupped with notes of malted milk balls and marshmallow sweetness similar to a rice crispy treat. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and produces an excellent cup of coffee!


Highlights



Roast Level: Light (City)
Processing: Washed (Wet Process), Swiss Water Process
Region: Central America
Flavor Notes: Malted Milk Balls, Rice Crispy Treats
Body: Creamy, Bold
Classification: Gold Label
Recommended Brew Methods: Drip, Espresso, French Press
Country Region: Tarrazu
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Don Oscar Micro-Mill
Producer: Don Oscar
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai
Altitude: 3000m


Don Oscar Micro-Mill Coffee Production:


This decaf lot comes from the Don Oscar micro-mill in the Talamanca Sierra highlands, Tarrazu. This region is already in the clouds, so to speak, the ridge you drive over on the way in peaking at 3000 meters, and dropping down to the valley floor barely cuts the altitude in half. Like most coffee produced in Costa Rica, Don Oscar employs mechanical washing to remove the cherry and fruit from the seed. With this method, no fermentation is used to remove the final layer of mucilage that can otherwise be tough to peel. Instead, the fruit and cherry are both removed at the same time with a mechanical demucilager and just a small amount of water to wash it away. This process tends to produce a nice, clean cup profile, and perhaps somewhat muted acidity (though not always). As non-decaf, this coffee was a classic example of clean Costa Rican coffees in this respect, coming back post-decaf a close proximation of the non-decaf coffee. The Swiss Water decaffeination method is a delicate process, leaving much of the volatile compounds that affect flavor and aroma intact.


In addition to whole coffee beans, we currently offer 4 different coffee grind levels.  Listed below with descriptions.

Whole Bean: Unground coffee for a home grinder.

Coarse: Think sugar in the raw, maybe more coarse
   Recommended for Chemex Brewer, French Press, Cold Brew

Medium: Slightly coarser than table salt
   Recommended for Flat bottom brewers, Kalitta, and Cloth filters

Fine:  Slightly finer than table salt
   Recommended for V60 pour overs, Typical cone filter coffee pots, Aeropress.

Extra Fine: Like powdered sugar
   Recommended for Espresso or Moka pot.

If at all possible, we recommend grinding at home. We prefer Baratza coffee grinders and offer several of their models for sale. Click here to shop for one of their brewers.


Roasting Schedule:

We roast and ship all of our coffees daily.  Unlike many roasters, they pick a day for each varietal.  We roast in small enough batches to guarantee that every bag of coffee that you order is roasted after you order it, usually the day after you order it.  We then ship it that day.

We primarily use USPS priority shipping and we've found that they are more consistent on some days vs. others.  Sometime we'll use Fedex 2 day when the economics of the order make sense.  We like to use priority shipping which is supposed to be 2/3 day shipping to most of the country, but that doesn't always happen, in fact, our analytics show that about 10% of the time it takes 4 days or longer to receive the coffee. 

That said, due to COVID-19, USPS has announced that Priority will be 3-4 days.  I'm guessing that means that you'll see 5, 6 or even 7 days to get your package right now.  So read below for a pricing / option change that we're making during this period (which seems to be indefinitely).

    We believe that with this schedule your coffee will be the freshest possible every time.

    Also, if you order before 6am AZ on most days, we'll be able to include it in that day's production, but depending on volume it may go out the next day.  We hope as we grow, we'll still be able to meet these commitments.


    Coffee Order Shipping Policy:

    • On coffee orders, we choose the lowest priced option between USPS Priority & Fedex 2day.  Generally it is USPS priority (3-4 days).
    • Lowest priced priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
    • Lowest priced priority shipping for $30 Orders is FREE
    • You have the opportunity to choose your preferred shipping method for a $3 upgrade.

    Effective 12/1/2020 these rates will increase.  Click here to read more.


      Brewing Equipment Shipping Policy:

      • Unless otherwise noted all items are shipped the lowest priced between USPS Priority (3-4 days) or Fedex Home Delivery (4 days).
      • Priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
      • FREE USPS Priority shipping price for $30 Orders
      • Our shipping cut-off is about 10am.  Typically, if an order comes in before that time, we ship same day.  Otherwise, we ship next day.

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