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Every coffee addict knows one thing – no one size fits all. Right at this moment, somewhere in a land far away, there is a “Battle De La Cafés” going on. We can guarantee you that one of the topics is which one is better between single origin coffee and coffee blends. You most likely have your opinions too. Lower the shield. Let’s examine both sides of the camp.
The simple truth is that there are advantages and disadvantages to each one of these, and the results would vary from one end to another. However, there are major differences worth looking into. These are what we will be objectively taking a look at in this article. Trust, the other side didn’t bribe us… or at least, we declined.
Just from the name, you probably already have an idea of what single origin coffee means, but you may not understand the full details. Single origin coffees are coffee beans that come from a particular source without any of them coming from any other source. You might call this “pureblood,” if you are in this camp.
Now, the source of these beans may cover the whole country. It may also cover just a region of the country. Sometimes, the whole bag may have been harvested in a single farm.
You see, just like the single origin coffee, the name of the coffee blend essentially speaks for itself. Coffee blends are made from the blend of two or more different origin coffee beans. There is actually a solid idea behind this type of coffee.
A blend is created from high quality coffee beans of different origins. Most roasters like to use coffee beans from around 2 to 4 different locations. However, there are cases where more locations are used, sometimes up to 9. Obviously, there is a balance needed here. What you get as a result of this blend is a coffee with a smooth flavor and well-balanced taste.
While there are many differences between single origin coffees and coffee blends, here are the notable ones:
Because of the change in season, origin coffees aren’t available all year round. Because of their seasonal nature, not much of them is produced. On the other hand, coffee blends combine various coffee beans from diverse origins, staying available at all times.
Needless to say, this means that single origin coffees are usually more expensive than coffee blends. The consequence is that you would have to pay more at the café to get a cup of single origin coffee.
When it comes to a clean, original taste, a lot of coffee lovers who understand what coffee should taste like would go for the single origin coffee. Usually, they would prefer to stick to its basic form, enjoying their single origin coffees black, free from any additional ingredients like cream or sugar.
On the other hands, there are many who prefer their cappuccino or latter creamy and sweet. These people would prefer the coffee blends available at most local coffee shops.
Most local coffee shops sell coffee blends. You may have heard them call it the “house blend.” A number of factors contributed to this. Some of them are:
Like you already know, coffee blends are more commercially available than single origin coffees.
Hands down, single origin coffees tend to cost more. Understandably, coffee blends are better for commercial purposes. So, this is one of the reasons why roasters go for them.
Since most customers just want something creamy and sweet, roasters have to please them by going for coffee blends. They are the more highly recommended type of coffee for business.
Coffee blends are great for different traditional espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes. Since these are more in demands, roasters choose coffee blends to fill those needs.
While each of these two types of coffee has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, one tend to outweigh the other. In the past, most people found greater satisfaction in light roasted single origin coffees than in coffee blends. This was when coffee blends were still pretty inconsistent in taste.
With advancement in technology and the improvement of brew methods, more people are moving towards coffee blends. No wonder it is demanded more and roasted by roasters. If it’s demanded more, there are solid reasons. Even then, those who love the uniqueness of single origin coffee would still choose it any day.
The bottom-line is that only you can choose for yourself. Now that you have the necessary info, go and have some sips. The coffee is in your cup