The difference between single origin or blend coffee?

While shopping for coffee you may run across the phrases: single origin & blend coffees. What's the difference?

e.g. Sad Cow Coffee primarily offers single origin coffees with our: Mexico #19L, Columbia #47M and Peru 97M, with our Half Caff - Columbia & Ethiopian 50/50 coffee as our only blend. 

Single origin decaf coffee

What is a single origin coffee?

Coffee that is from a single place on earth, whether that is a single region within a country, farm, or even washing station is considered a single-origin coffee. 

Single origin coffee's can be quite delicious, with unique flavors that are a direct result of the environment it was grown in. 

The test with single origin coffee is maintaining this flavor profile year-to-year depending on local climate changes, and challenges the local farmers may face: was there a drought , or something else that could have affected the plant itself. 

This where coffee blends come into play. 

So what are coffee blends?

Blends are made up of multiple coffees from different single origins to achieve a specific flavor profile. e.g our friends from FreshGround Roast have several blends that are caffeinated and quite tasty. 

When customers crave a consistent coffee that tastes the same every time, blends help meet that demand.

So while single origin coffees flavor may change, or simply not be availalble, coffee blends remain consistent.

Speciality coffee roasters, Sad Cow Coffee + FreshGround Roast work to maintain that flavor profile year over year, even with different high quality coffees. 

So to get the same flavor or taste of the coffee you entirely different single origin coffees may be used to achieve this. It's hard work, but pretty cool!

Coffee blends fell out of favor in the past

In the past, you may have heard of coffee roasters using blends as a way to save money. With a blend it's possible to include less desirable coffee and still get close-ish to the flavor profile, maybe...

This lead to blends not being nearly as good as they should have been. 

Fast forward to today, during the epic coffee movement! ;)

Speciality coffee roasters are not blending to save money. They're blending to reach a specific flavor profile, offer diversity in their coffees, and remaining consistent in the flavor. 

In conclusion, single origin or blends are necessarily better than the other, just different. In the world of roasting and consuming coffee, having different options to enjoy coffee is a good thing. 

Happy brewing!