Ethiopia: A Guide to My Favorite Coffee Origin

Ethiopia: A Guide to My Favorite Coffee Origin

by Matthew Kellso October 03, 2019 5 min read

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.
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El Salvador, Where Economic Success is Fueled By Coffee

El Salvador, Where Economic Success is Fueled By Coffee

by Matthew Kellso September 20, 2019 3 min read

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.
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The Success & Struggles of Growing Coffee in Your Backyard

The Success & Struggles of Growing Coffee in Your Backyard

by Matthew Kellso September 13, 2019 5 min read

     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...
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Costa Rica is Known for Beautiful Beaches, Rainforests, and High-Quality Coffee

Costa Rica is Known for Beautiful Beaches, Rainforests, and High-Quality Coffee

by Matthew Kellso August 30, 2019 3 min read

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.
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Coffee Origins - Brazil

Coffee Origins - Brazil

by Matthew Kellso August 10, 2019 3 min read

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.
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Arabica beans, origin, varietals, process…Coffee Terminology Overload!

Arabica beans, origin, varietals, process…Coffee Terminology Overload!

by Matthew Kellso July 20, 2019 5 min read

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.
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The History & Characteristics of Latin American Coffee

The History & Characteristics of Latin American Coffee

by Zoe Maiden June 14, 2019 2 min read

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. 
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Coffee Origins:  Sumatra Coffee History and Geography

Coffee Origins: Sumatra Coffee History and Geography

by Jenna Kellso May 15, 2019 3 min read

Explore the world of coffee as we continue our dive into Coffee Origins.  Learn about the history of coffee in Sumatra, its past, present and future.
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How Much Do You Know About Nicaraguan Coffee?

How Much Do You Know About Nicaraguan Coffee?

by Zoe Maiden March 15, 2019 2 min read

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.
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This Latin American Country Produces Our Best-Selling Coffee

This Latin American Country Produces Our Best-Selling Coffee

by Zoe Maiden January 15, 2019 3 min read

 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. 
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Coffee Grinds Explained

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 Metal Kone filters, Flat bottom brewers including Kalitta, Cloth filters

Fine:  Slightly finer than table salt, recommended for V60 pour overs, Cone filter coffee pots, Moka Pot, Aeropress.

Extra Fine: Like powdered sugar, recommended for Espresso.

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.