Single Origin Vs. Blends
That sip of coffee you just took could be from a lot of different places. It could have beans from Central America, South America, Africa, or Indonesia. You might taste a bit of flavor from all over the world. If it does, then you’re drinking a coffee blend. Now if that bag said it was a single origin, then you’d taste flavor notes particular to one growing region. That coffee would be referred to as a single origin.
Single origin coffees are oftentimes more expensive than the coffees that go into a blend, and are of better quality. They are the crème de la crème for farmers, and showcase a country’s unique coffee profile. As each origin is characterized by a certain flavor quality, each single origin coffee will taste different from others.
Blends take coffees from all over the world and mix them together. The intention is to create a flavor profile that is more exciting than any of the parts alone. Roasters tend to have their own special recipes depending on seasonal crops and current selections, changing and altering blends continually to produce fantastic results.