Let me start by saying that if you drink coffee you’re already a winner, but for those who want to take it a step further, the age old saga of whether single origin or blended coffee is better can brew in conversation. Pun intended. Similar to whisky, the choice between single origin or blends can define you as a customer and split you from your fellow coffee comrades in the blink of an eye.
On a positive note, single origin coffees can be credited for their unique unadulterated tastes and tones, whilst blended coffee is most praised for its balance and consistency. The negative though, is that blended coffees can be seen as inferior, disguising poor quality coffee used to reduce costs, whilst single origin is sometimes seen as one dimensional; a sentiment that is wide of the mark.
Going back to basics, single origin coffee can be defined as a coffee from a single farm and blended as a combination of coffees, which has come a long way since coffee’s humble beginnings in Ethiopia. Although blended coffee makes up the bulk of coffee demand as the standard, single origin has become a rising star amongst coffee drinkers with the rise of speciality coffee, also known as ‘The Third Wave’.
This has a lot to do with the transparency and traceability associated with speciality coffee, let’s not forget its higher quality. Customers are more in tune with what makes coffee taste different and good in terms of flavour characteristics. We hope to help enlighten people.
As you can probably tell we may be slightly pro single origin here and that’s not to say there isn’t a time and place for blended coffee, but it’s up to you to try both and decide your preference.