Sagebrush Coffee

Rwanda Abadatezuka Natural Black Label

$47.97
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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.


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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