Sagebrush Coffee

Yemen Mokha Matari Limited Edition Black Label

$67.97
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Tasting Notes


This is our second Yemen offering, and after the success of our first, we knew we had to get more from this region. From the first cupping, we were blown away by the richness and rustic appeal. This dark roast coffee has the perfect contrast of a smooth full-body and bold, complex taste. The warm flavor of cinnamon spice pairs perfectly with the bittersweetness of chocolate. A fruited finish, reminiscent of dried apricots, adds a balanced sweetness to the brew, providing a unique and memorable drinking experience. 


Highlights



Roast Level: Full City Plus (Dark)
Processing: Dry (Natural Process)
Region: Asia
Flavor Notes: Cinnamon, Chocolate, Dried Apricot
Body: Bold, Complex, Earthy
Classification: Black Label
Recommended Brew Methods: Drip, Pour OverFrench Press
Country Region: Bani Matari
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Various Smallholder Farms
Producer: Fatoum Muslot
Varietal: Heirloom Cultivars
Altitude: 2000-2400m


Fatoum Muslot Coffee Production


Matari is one of the few coffees from the growing regions surrounding the high-altitudes of Sana'a that was traditionally kept separate. All others were mixed to form "Sana'ani coffee" with decidedly mixed outcomes. But coffee in Bani Matari is a bit different, tall old-growth trees that appear like a fruit orchard than a typical coffee farm (well, NO coffee production in Yemen looks like a coffee farm anywhere else!). This lot was secured through Fatoum Muslot, who took over the family coffee business started by her father back in the 1950s. They've long exported Yemeni coffee, and since Fatoum has started managing the group, she has worked to implement practices such as more stringent hand sorting and using Ecotact storage bags in order to directly affect their coffee's overall quality. We're quite pleased with the physical condition of both coffees we bought from Fatoum this year, the lack of underripe coffee and shipping in Ecotact liners has really benefitted the resulting cup quality. During their long history in the coffee trade they've forged longstanding connections with farming groups in several growing regions, and because of these connections, are able to buy coffee in a more direct way. This lot is made up of coffee from roughly 100 farmers in Bani Matari, who on average have 1000 trees planted on less than 1/2 hectare of land. Altitude is extremely high, starting around 2000 meters and stretching upwards of 2400 meters above sea level. It's been a few years now since we've picked up Yemeni coffee, not necessarily by choice, but mainly due to the difficulties exporting from a country at war. The situation there is still quite dire, and I'm amazed that anything is making it out of the country.


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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