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Single-Origin vs Mixed Coffee, Which to Choose?

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Many people can’t decide whether to choose single origin or blended coffee.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Enjoying a cup of coffee even every day has become a habit for many people. Especially when working from home (WFH), people are not only enjoying, but also exploring the taste of coffee.

They suddenly became home baristas, grinding their own coffee, making it cold drinks, Japanese iced coffee, espresso, and more. One of the most popular is single-origin coffee.

Most coffee drink manufacturers also offer single-origin and blends. So what is the difference between the two coffees? The following is a review quoted from the Huff Post page, Saturday (14/8).

What is single-origin coffee?

Basically, single-origin coffee comes from a single producer, plant, or region within a single country.

“It’s become a small part of a coffee farm where farmers grow one particular type of coffee,” explains Jeremy Brooks, head of green coffee procurement and purchasing at Verve Coffee Roasters.

The taste of the coffee will depend on where it is grown and is usually very expressive. For example, coffee from Ethiopia will give you the sensation of eating a peach.

Meanwhile, with a mixture, coffee can be mixed according to taste. Most blends are single-origin, but the difference comes from how the coffee roaster will build a flavor profile. Baristas bring coffee to customers allowing them to taste it a certain way.

“I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” Brooks said.

Both single-origins and mixed, both have value. Both play an important role in the sourcing and supply chain side of how to support farmers and what types to sample.

“Blend is a roaster’s way of communicating a vibe or something about themselves, something distinctive,” says Talitha Clemons, owner of Oklahoma City-based mobile coffee company Bright Vibe Coffee.

Maybe the barista wants to make something that will remind people of the time around the campfire or the holidays. When a customer tastes a blend called Fireside, Sweater Weather or Tropical Weather, people will feel in the frame of mind to let the coffee carry a place or moment and memory, rather than focusing too much on the notes of flavor it impart.

“What’s difficult for me is that a mix can contain a lot of coffee and you might get some information about where the coffee came from, but the level of transparency changes,” he said.

Veronica P. Grimm. the founder of Glitter Cat Barista, an inclusive organization focused on helping minority groups become baristas, admits he prefers blended coffee. This is because the blend can balance the coffee more deeply. “Basically, [itu] like having a soprano and bass in a choir,” he said.

When the alloy is in harmony, it is beautiful. Despite preferring a mix, Grimm still favors single-origin. But the mix brings together something magical in a cup of coffee. But making coffee is hard work and he prefers to enjoy what he drinks without thinking too much.

Single-Origin can be more expensive

Real coffee sales during the Covid-19 pandemic seem to outpace the mix. Single-origins tend to be more expensive than blends, such as Verve’s single-origins which cost around US$5 or Rp. 71 thousand more than blends, averaging around US$21 or Rp. 31 thousand per bag.

Single-origin with good quality is in the price range of 11-12 US dollars or Rp. 158 thousand – Rp. 172 thousand per bag.

For novice single-origin drinkers, Brooks recommends starting with light Latin American coffees from Costa Rica and Colombia. Because it tends to have a sweet taste and is very easy to recognize. Then you can try some of the more exotic profiles, such as Africa, especially East Africa.

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