Coffee Blends vs Single Origins

Coffee Blends vs Single Origins

Posted by Eddie on 28th Jul 2019

I’m often asked by customers, “Which is better, single origin or blends?”

In my opinion, one is not better than the other, I’ll explain the differences between each and allow you to decide.Most specialty coffee enthusiast will prefer single origins, while the general public will prefer blends.

Coffee Blends

When coffee beans from multiple locations are roasted and mixed together, this is known as a coffee blend. These are proprietary blends that coffee roasters use to have an exclusive flavor profile for their particular coffees. It is not uncommon to find coffee blends including beans from seven or more separate places, although roasters will typically use beans from around two to four different locations.

Our Blends:

  • Espresso Fantastico
  • Mellow Magic
  • High Impact 
  • Smooth Move

Single Origin

The term single origin is basically as it sounds.It means that the beans come from one place only, usually from a certain region or country and likely from the same farm or estate. Single origin coffees tend to be available exclusively at certain times of year, contingent on the growing season of the geographical location from which they were derived.

Our Single Origins:

  • Guatemala Huehuetenango
  • Ethiopian Yergacheffe
  • Colombia Sierra Nevada
  • Sumatra Ketiara

Most coffee enthusiasts tend to enjoy single origin coffee as it affords them the opportunity to experience one particular taste, in its most stripped-down form. That's why it is more common for people to enjoy single origin coffees black, without adding ingredients such as milk or sugar.

It is widely argued, however, that blended coffee produces a much more flavorful final product, which is probably the reason why most coffees sold are blended. A blended coffee arguably provides a more layered and diverse drinking experience. That's not to mention the fact that creating blended coffee is something of an art form, bringing multiple different flavors together and balancing them out so they work together in perfect harmony is no easy feat, it takes very talented talented roasters!

A Note About Our Roasters

Our roasters only buy the finest, top 2% specialty grade Arabica green coffee from around the world. Before they ever purchase our specialty coffee beans, they have passed the expert analysis and cupping palates of one of the world's best specialty coffee importers. The green coffee they source and purchase is far more expensive than lower grade coffee. Many large national brands, use lower "premium" grade coffee, a term commonly seen (a bit misleading) in the coffee industry. We simply avoid cheap, low grade coffees which contributes to our specialty coffee being some of the best in the world.