Sagebrush Coffee

Colombia Aponte Caturra Honey Gold Label

$22.54
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Tasting Notes


Fruit and sweet spice come together to create a complex and silky brew. The caramel sweetness coming from the honey process creates a delicious cup of coffee. We love the sweet and rich taste of this bean and chose to roast it light to draw out the amazing notes of cinnamon and stone fruit.


Highlights



Roast Level: Light (City)
Processing: Honey Process
Region: South America
Flavor Notes: Stone Fruit, Cinnamon, Caramel
Body: Complex, Juicy, Creamy
Classification: Gold Label
Recommended Brew Methods: Drip, Espresso, Immersion, Pour Over
Country Region: Nariño
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Various Smallholder Farms
Producer: Aponte Community
Varietal: Caturra
Altitude: 2150m


Aponte Community Coffee Production:


The Inga community of Aponte is comprised of descendants of the ancient, pre-hispanic Incas. During the period of conquest, they remained isolated high in the mountains that became their natural refuge. This community did not resume significant contact with the rest of Colombia until the second half of the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, in the 1990’s, contact was mostly criminal, and the Inga’s refuge became a place of cruelty. For years the tribe was forcibly involved in poppy and heroin production under the influence of guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and paramilitaries. The once-peaceful mountains teemed with illegal plantations and violence, in which the Ingas were trapped until as recently as fifteen years ago.

In the last decade the mountains have become a safe zone for the Inga tribe, and illegal crops were eradicated to give way to a new culture: coffee! The Caturra variety has been planted in the Inga territory, on smallholder properties in the Resguardo Inga Aponte, at an average of 2150 meters above sea level. This elevation, combined with the Galeras Volcano constantly shedding nutrient-rich ash, makes for an exceptionally complex and sweet coffee.

Producers process coffee on their own properties, drying Honey coffee in stacked raised bed solar dryers on their farms. This process reduces water used for washing coffee and complements the natural complexity of coffees from this special region.


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.


The Last Day To Order In Time For Christmas* is 12/21 by midnight, with FedEx 2 Day shipping.


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. 

Due to COVID-19, USPS has announced that Priority will be 3-4 days & Fedex is no longer guaranteeing 2 Day even on their 2 day shipping service.  I'm guessing that means that you'll see 5, 6 or even 7 days to get your package right now.  No delivery times are guaranteed.

    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 $6.00 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 $4 upgrade.

    These rates increased effective 12/1/20.  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 $6.00 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.

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

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