Sagebrush Coffee

Rwanda Abadatezuka Natural Black Label

$45.47
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Tasting Notes


Rwanda produces many of our boldest coffees, and our newest bean offers that robust taste we love with the additional complexity, similar to an Ethiopian or Kenyan. This Black Label coffee is incredibly unique and has a tart cranberry flavor with sweet, nutty notes of toffee. Can this coffee be bright and rich at the same time? We believe so!


Highlights



Roast Level: Light (City)
Processing: Natural (Dry Process)
Region: Africa
Flavor Notes: Cranberry, Toffee, Floral
Body: Complex, Juicy, Bold
Classification: Black Label
Recommended Brew Methods: Drip, French Press, Pour Over
Country Region: Cyato Sector, Nyamasheke District, Western Province
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Abadatezuka Cooperative
Producer: Various
Varietal: Bourbon
Altitude: 1850–2200m


Abadatezuka Cooperative Coffee Production:


Abadatezuka Cooperative is a group of smallholder farmers in Rwanda's Western Province who deliver their coffee in cherry to the Cyato Washing Station, which is located in the Cyato sector of the Nayamasheke district in that region. The producers here grow coffee at elevations all the way up to 2,200 meters above sea level, and the washing station is located at 1,850 meters above sea level. The washing station was established in 2017.

This coffee is processed as a Natural, meaning that it is delivered in ripe red cherries by the producers, then sorted and dried on raised beds. During the drying period, the coffee is actively rotated and moved in order to ensure even drying.

One interesting facet to coffee here is that the native honeybees that live in and around the Nyungwe forest where the coffee is grown are said to be responsible in part to the "unique profile" this coffee has. The bee-assisted pollination, fertile ground (black humus and sandy soil), and cool lake-affected climate thanks to the area's proximity to Lake Kivu contribute to the flavors found in the cup. The farmers use no synthetic inputs, either as fertilizers or as pest control.


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.  It then ships out on the next pickup.  USPS usually comes each morning and FedEx each afternoon.

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:

We've felt the impact of COVID in our carriers' shipping times more than anywhere else.  What used to be 2-3 days for USPS is now more like 4-7 days.  So recently we updated our shipping policy to make an upgrade to FedEx 2 day shipping as accessible as possible.  That means we have the following shipping policy.

  • On coffee orders of 1 bag of 6oz, 8oz, 12oz, or 16oz we charge $5 for USPS shipping (4-7 days) and $7 for FedEx 2 day shipping.
  • On all coffee orders of 2 bags of more (any size) we offer FREE USPS shipping (4-7 days) and $2 for a FedEx 2 day shipping upgrade.
  • On all coffee orders of 2 pounds or more we upgrade to FedEx 2 day shipping for FREE.

    Brewing Equipment Shipping Policy:

    • Unless otherwise noted all items are shipped the lowest priced between USPS (4-7 days) or Fedex Home Delivery (4 days).
    • Shipping will cost $10.00 for orders under $50
    • FedEx 2 Day is available for $20 more on most items.
    • 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.

    *No delivery times are guaranteed, USPS is running consistent significant delays, FedEx are about 1 day late 10-15% of the time.

     

    • Note that FedEx does not ship to PO boxes, so if you pick FedEx and have a PO box we will ship that order USPS Priority.
    • To maintain these discounts we will primarily be shipping in USPS Flat Rate Padded Envelopes or FedEx Padded Paks.  We know the 'unboxing' of these are not optimal, but our goal is to get you your coffee in the best cost model possible and this is our solution.

     

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