As some of you may know, Ethiopian coffees are always my favorite. A dry-processed, fruit-forward Ethiopian bean is always a winner in my book. For many years, they have been the world's best-reviewed single-origin premium coffee beans. As the 5th largest coffee producer in the world, Ethiopia has mastered the art of harvesting and processing the beans, and the flavor profiles are perfectly complex and delicious.
Although the smallest of the Latin American countries, El Salvador produces incredible, high-grade coffee beans. For more than a century, coffee production has increased economic growth and is considered a pinnacle in El Salvadoran history. Coffee harvesting began in the 19th century as a domestic indulgence. By the mid-century, it became a commercial product and with the help of the government and legislative tax breaks for farmers, coffee production grew rapidly, ultimately becoming the country’s primary export crop. El Salvadoran coffee production developed without the technical and financial assistance used by their nearby competitors, such as Guatemala and Costa Rica. Nonetheless, El Salvador became one of the most competent coffee producers in the world.
When I began this coffee business, my goal was to reveal the wonders and incredible flavors of specialty coffee. I originally only shared with family and friends, but the business bloomed, and I was lucky enough to send roasted beans to coffee connoisseurs all over the United States. My day is always made when I receive positive messages from customers. They often say how much they enjoy the nuances and enhanced flavor notes of my coffee. An email recently appeared in my inbox from a longtime customer that reminded me why coffee is more than just a delicious cup. The meticulous process of producing even a single cup of coffee is often overlooked. Coffee in all of its stages instills patience, perseverance, and a sense of community. This email was a refreshing reminder of that, and with his permission, I am happy to share his story with you...
Costa Rica has been known for its high-grade coffee for many decades. With roughly 14 million bags of coffee leaving the country every year, coffee fuels the economy in Costa Rica. With being the only nation in the world to ban all other variety of beans but Arabica, it insures only the finest product is leaving its shores.
Coffee has been grown in Brazil for over 300 years, and for the bulk of that time, it has been the worlds #1 coffee producer. Keep reading to learn about this wonderful country's history, typical flavor profile, and other fun information.
Coffee is an incredibly complex plant, fruit, seed, drink, etc. See, even defining it isn’t straight forward. The process a single bean takes to get from the farm to your morning cup is often overlooked or even ignored by most big coffee corporations. Many people have no idea what goes into a cup of coffee. So, of course, there is confusion about the flavor profiles of coffee and what contributes to them. The endless list of “coffee terms” is overwhelming, the details are muddled and you, the coffee customer, is confused for a good reason. Too often, terms are mixed up, misused, and are rendered meaningless; we are here to help change that. We want to clear up all the confusion. Well, at least some of it.
Most of the coffees consumed worldwide are produced in Latin America. The countries within Latin America have an ideal coffee-growing environment with its moderate sunshine and rain, 70-80 degree temperatures, and rich, porous soil. Coffee originated in Africa around the 15th century and finally made its way to Latin America in the early-18th century. By the mid-18th century, Latin American countries evolved into being some of the top coffee producers.
Nicaraguan beans are a rare offering on Sagebrushcoffee.com, but when we do have them available they are always a special treat. Incredibly versatile in flavor, many Nicaraguan coffees are known to have a mild, fruity brightness while some offer nutty notes with vanilla and chocolate flavors. Its prime location nuzzled between Costa Rica and Honduras provides perfect climate conditions for growing different coffee plant varietals.
We have offered a variety of Latin American coffees, but the country that continually becomes a top-seller is Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the world's largest high-quality coffee producers. Their coffee is the perfect balance of bold and sweet, with a pleasant acidity and complex flavor notes. The versatile flavor notes allow the beans to appeal to a wide range of people.