Sagebrush Unroasted

Costa Rica Don Oscar La Vuelta | Green Coffee Beans

$9.97
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Full City Plus (Dark)


Tasting Notes


Costa Rican coffees are among our all-time bestsellers, so any new coffee from that origin has big shoes to fill. This wet-processed coffee is aromatic and delicious, and can certainly hold its own among some of our most popular Central American coffees. Like many Costa Rican beans, this coffee is rich, smooth, and carries a bright acidity. Along with the spiced and nutty notes we often desire from a Costa Rican coffee, the cup it brews has a smooth, molasses-like richness that pushes through with each sip. We love this coffee and love that we can offer a great Costa Rican coffee again.


Don Oscar Micro-Mill Coffee Production


This lot was produced at a family run micro-mill, "Don Oscar", in the Tarrazu valley. This area is part of the Talamanca Sierra highlands, with peaks reaching as high as 3000 meters, La Vuelta plotted right around 1800 meters above sea level. It's an ideal micro-region and climate for growing coffee with rich volcanic soil, great altitude, and is shaded from the hot afternoon suns by mountain peaks. The farm is run by brothers Horacio and Alejandro Solis, and the name "Don Oscar" is in honor of their late father, Oscar Solis, who began farming on this land. Their farm is broken into 40 different lots (this lot being "La Vuelta"), and is planted in a mix of Red Catuai and Caturra. They produce mechanically washed coffee, which is fairly standard in Costa Rica. In this case, they are running a Penagos brand mechanical demucilager that uses very little water to remove most of the coffee cherry fruit, forgoing the fermentation stage altogether. The coffee is then laid to dry outside in the sun on raised beds, or by using their mechanical dryer. A bi-product of the mechanical washed, or "honey" process methods, is that more chaff is produced when roasting, which makes it a little trickier to judge roast development by physical color of the beans.


Highlights



Recommended Roast Level: Full City Plus (Dark)
Processing: Washed (Wet Process)
Region: Central America
Flavor Notes: Cinnamon, Cloves, Molasses Cookies
Body: Bold, Creamy
Classification: Brown Label
Recommended Brew Methods: Drip, French Press, Espresso
Country Region: San Marcos, Tarrazu
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Don Oscar Micro-Mill
Producer: Horacio and Alejandro Solis
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai
Altitude: 1800m

Since our inception, fast free shipping has been one of our tenants as a company.  So it took a long time for me to come to a decision to eliminate the free portion of that sentence.  I know we all want free, so taking that away is putting a lot of trust in you guys to be able to understand my reasoning and trust my math.  I'm going to list a few reasons I moved away from the free shipping model all-together below.  I'd love to hear from you if you think this is a bad decision or if you appreciate me putting the shipping cost decisions in your hands.

Our Latest Analysis of April - July 2020 Deliveries Shows:

USPS:  Average Delivery is about 4 days, ~2% are taking longer than 9 days

FedEx: Average Delivery is about 3.25 days, 0.5% are taking longer than 7 days

Free is Never Really Free

Full disclosure, free shipping isn't really free shipping.  I am paying to ship you your coffee, so you're either paying for it buried in the price of the coffee beans or at the end at checkout.  I think the psychology of free shipping is that you don't end up at the checkout and find out that you need to spend another 30% to get your items.  That's a very real thing and I hope to have a simple pricing model to help you avoid that sticker shock.  Before I get there, let me tell you what I used to do.  It used to cost me about $9.00 to ship 5lbs of coffee (USPS just raised their prices...again).  So what I did was add $1.80 to each pound as I calculated the selling price.  I then had $5 shipping for under $35 orders to try to drive the customer (you) to buy about 5lbs of coffee and make the math work.

There have been several flaws with this model.  First off, it made the cost per lb look like we're WAY more expensive than other green coffee resellers in the market.  Second, it really stops working when someone orders less than 5lbs and more than 5lbs, because the cost to ship 5lbs-30lbs per pound is much less than $1.80/lb.  So it kind of narrowed our market.  Third, we have recently been able to negotiate even better rates with FedEx and blown up the $1.80/lb model.  We can now do a 2-day Padded Pak at an amazing rate and fit 10lbs in it.  THe irony of a free shipping model is that it is less transparent.  If I'm going to be completely transparent with my cost model, then you'll recognize a good deal when you see it and we're all happier.  Transparency makes the whole sales process work better.

So we now include our pricing without shipping and add it on at the end.  To help you optimize your buying experience our shipping pricing is listed below.

Pricing Updated 12/6/2020

 0-5lbs

USPS Priority = $8.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $10.00

Or as little as $1.70/lb

6-10lbs

USPS Priority = $16.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $10.00

Or as little as $1.00/lb

10-15lbs

USPS Priority = $24.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $19.00

Or as little as $1.27/lb

16-20lbs

USPS Priority = $32.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $19.00

Or as little as $0.95/lb

21-25lbs

USPS Priority = $40.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $28.00

Or as little as $1.12/lb

26-30lbs

USPS Priority = $48.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $28.00

Or as little as $0.93/lb

31-35lbs

USPS Priority = $56.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $37.00

Or as little as $1.06/lb

36-40lbs

USPS Priority = $64.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $37.00

Or as little as $0.93/lb

41-45lbs

USPS Priority = $72.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $46.00

Or as little as $0.98/lb

46-50lbs

USPS Priority = $80.50

Fedex 2 day (No Sat / Sun) = $46.00

Or as little as $0.92/lb

>50lbs

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