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Level Up: Blend vs. Single Origin

Do you recall the first sip of wine or dark chocolate that transformed your experience? The moment of, “I have chocolate all of the time, but this?” Its rich flavors are unmistakable, bursting with berry or nutty notes. A good wine can transport you to the vineyard where it was grown, learning that the vines were grown in clay soil and that fog often covers the valleys, bringing cool refreshment to the grapes.

What’s so special about Single Origin coffee?

When you imagine the nuances of flavors in chocolate or wine—that’s the reason for the hype of single origin coffees. Single origins let the microclimate, altitude, and processing method shine through with bold, bright, distinguishable flavors. When you hear people around you say, “Oh, that must be a Kenya coffee” or “I love the chocolate notes of this Guatemala coffee,” the microclimate and geographic factors of a single origin are recognizable.

Now, the flavor notes of each coffee will depend on the processing method—for example, you might have a Costa Rica coffee that you expect to have nutty or chocolatey flavors that turns out to be unbelievably fruity! This could be because of varietal and microclimate factors, or it could be that it’s a coffee that is processed as a natural ASD.

When the coffee cherry is left intact and given an anaerobic slow dry fermentation method (which is based on a wine processing method), the bright, cherry and berry flavors of the outer pulp impact the flavor of the bean. A coffee cherry has layers, which you can read more about here.

Additionally, single origins are named as such because, as the name suggests, they are sourced from a single origin. This means that single origins are sourced from a singular producer, crop, or region in the country.

So a single origin can also be a blend of varietals from multiple farms, each flavor working together in harmony. The key to remember is that instead of a blend where the coffee roaster chooses a few coffees from different regions to experiment with and expertly craft together, it’s often the coffee producer that brings coffees together when sourcing from multiple farms in a singular region for a single origin blend.

Opt for a Single Origin

If you’re looking for more bold, distinguishable flavors in your coffee, you might consider opting for a single origin coffee instead of a blend. Don’t get me wrong—blends are often used in specialty coffee competitions and bring award-winning results—just take our #1 Best-Selling Espresso, WBC World’s Best Espresso as an example, which won the title in the World Barista Championships, competing against 45 different countries.

However, any barista or coffee connoisseur worth their salt will be able to tell you where a coffee is potentially from, and this is only learned through trying and enjoying single origins.

If you usually buy blends and are looking to try a single origin coffee for the first time, our Find Your Beans quiz will guide you to your new favorite. Just select “Single Origin” under Question Two: “What do you look for first when picking out coffee beans?” so that the quiz knows you’re looking to try a single origin coffee.

Did you know that at any given time, Klatch Coffee has more than 30 coffees to choose from? Whether you’re looking to buy coffee just for yourself, or for your whole household, there’s always something for everyone.

Want to try a new Single Origin every month? Sign-up for our Single Origin Club Subscription for a curated pick from roastmaster and CFO Mike Perry, delivered straight to your doorstep with free shipping.


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