Blends and single origin coffee are touted on coffee bags with pride.
And rightly so, because both can be delicious!
I’ve had many of each, and I love blends and single origin coffee.
They both have their good things about them.
But… What’s the difference between single origin and blend coffee?
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I’ll start this, like I always try to do, with the simple answer (but there will be more fun info below too, so keep reading!).
A single origin coffee comes from one specific farm, cooperative, location (origin) while a coffee blend is two or more different types of coffee beans that are combined from different countries or regions (origin) around the world to make a unique expression of flavor, acidity, body, etc.
You could almost say that it’s single origin or multiple origin coffee. But we don’t say multiple origin… we say blend.
Some blends come from a process of experimentation while others are created to make a desired flavor profile. If they’re done right, they create a harmony and balance that single-origin coffees cannot often replicate.
It will often say on the bag if your coffee is a blend or single origin.
Blends are called blends are part of the name of the coffee much of the time, and if it’s single origin it will maybe say somewhere on the bag.
But it won’t specify each time.
Which One Is Better?
This is a question you might start asking right about now, when you learn exactly what they both are.
The answer is this: neither is better. They both have their pros and cons.
A purist might argue that a single origin coffee is better, more pure and unadulterated, and gives you a “true” coffee experience while a blend is just a concoction.
And I would disagree with that.
I’m a coffee lover, but not such a fanatic to say that you can’t put some amazing coffees together and make a whole new amazing coffee!
But if you do like to have a totally unadulterated coffee experience to see what a coffee is like from a certain part of the world, it’s a wonderful thing to taste a single origin coffee and understand what coffee is like in that city, country, or area of the world.
Blends, on the other hand, can be amazing.
Some of the most well-balanced coffee I’ve tried are blends.
The range of flavors you can get from blends can be just blissful, and something pretty much unachievable with single origin coffee.
I would sum it all up with this…
It doesn’t matter as much if it’s a blend or single origin coffee as much as if it just tastes good!
I don’t have a preference at all, and you don’t need to either.
Taste is the most important thing when it comes to coffee!
Coffee started as single origin.
If you want to know the long and fun version of the history of coffee in general, you can read more about it in my article here.
It’s generally believed that the very first coffee blend was Mocha-Java, which is still widely sold today.
It was created when a bright coffee from Yemen (shipped from the Red Sea port Al-Makha, or Mocha) was added to (blended with) the heavy, chocolaty coffees being exported out of Java by the Dutch.
Even the earliest coffee houses in Europe, which I also talk about in my history of coffee article, relied on blends to win over fans and keep in business.
When espresso came onto the coffee scene in the 1880s, this was a big step for blends, as espresso is a usually always a blend.
And from the start espresso has been able to transform poor coffee into something that tastes pretty good.
I’ve recently tried some delicious single origin coffees and blends.
So I figured I would share some of my recommendations for each!
I won’t say what they are so you’ll have to click the links to find out!
I loved each other these coffees and was very impressed by pretty much every aspect of their taste, from the flavor, body, aftertaste and everything in between.
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Ok… so… both of these coffees here are pretty different from each other. And that’s reasonable, right!?
But the thing is, you cannot go wrong with either one of them.
The single origin is an African coffee that I loved from the first brew to the last brew, and the blend is an awesome and well-balanced coffee which has a unique flavor that you don’t want to miss!
I’m sure you’ll really enjoy either one of them!
The bottom line is that there are some really great and really bad blends and single origin coffee.
In my opinion, it’s not about one or the other. It’s about drinking delicious coffee and discovering new ones along the way.
I’m here to give you my honest opinion and hopefully help you drink only the delicious ones.
And with that, coffee cheers!