For some of us, there comes a phase in life where the shift from drinking "whatever" to quality coffee happens. If you search for unique, rich flavors and not just the "wake up" factor of your daily coffee fix, you are definitely a single origin type. You will find this type of coffee in specialty coffee shops that pride themselves in serving only the best beans from all over the world.
Single origin is indeed the pinnacle of coffee quality. That is why it's a bit pricey, but as any quality coffee addict would say, worth every penny. So no, the single origin is not just hipster’s pretentious way to describe coffee. It is actually a truly unique coffee experience.
So what exactly is single-origin coffee? Simply put, it's a type of coffee grown within a single known geographical origin. Since the origin and traceability of coffee have recently taken on a new value, it is essential to understand the difference between blended, single origin, single farm, or cooperative coffee. This blog will break down the main differences while focusing mainly on the best – single origin coffee.
A journey to the source
Labeling single-origin coffee is crucial. Coffee connoisseurs enjoy one particular trait of this type of coffee - traceability. If you want to know where the coffee you're enjoying comes from, the single origin is perfect for you. Suppose your cup of coffee has a distinct taste of cinnamon or caramel. You will undoubtedly want to trace the source of this fantastic coffee flavor and learn a bit about its growing conditions.
Coffee beans of single origin always reflect the characteristics and uniqueness of a single region. Those beans are all from a single crop, farm, or from multiple crops. Those beans are marketed as single-origin coffee and are grown under similar conditions. Consequently, they have near-identical characteristics regarding their size, shape, and taste.
Why beans’ origin matter? Because factors such as the soil, climate conditions, processing methods, and production type all together shape the final, unique flavor of the coffee—everything, from aroma to the aftertaste you enjoy.
When it comes to a single origin, there are several different geographical origins you can get your black nectar of the Gods from.
A single country or region coffee
These coffee beans are all sourced from the same country or region and offer unique specific tastes compared to blended coffees from multiple origins. You've probably heard of (or even drank) coffee made of Colombian, Honduran, Vietnamese, or Peruvian beans.
Single farm and cooperative
If you're searching for a high-quality coffee and don't mind spending some cash on it, the single farm should be your choice. There is something special in drinking coffee beans grown within a single farm, shaped by the weather conditions, tradition, and specific processing methods. It is a unique product formed by specific time, place, and "hands." The single farm is a great choice, indeed. But, a bit more expensive because of its limited availability.
Cooperative (co-op) coffees are the ones in which beans are processed at the same facility. The job is managed by a single overseer. Co-ops often involve multiple farmers, but the growing conditions, size, shape, and beans' profile are almost identical. Mexican Guerrero is an excellent example of a co-op coffee.
Why is single origin coffee pricey?
Whichever type of single origin coffee you choose, prepare to dig a little bit deeper into your wallet. As said, single-origin costs more because of its limited availability. The coffee has its geographical limitations; it is seasonal and cannot be produced in massive quantities. With blended coffee, it's a whole different story. Since blends combine different types of beans, they are available all year round. Single-origin beans are rare and exclusive. It's only logical that they cost more.
There is something special in knowing where all your coffee beans are coming from. And not only that, traceability helps promote sustainability and fair trade, which was historically a problematic area of the coffee industry. Ultimately, traceability helps you understand coffee's story.
If you decide to buy single-origin coffee, you will also get information about the farmers, region, unique processes, and path. A cup of coffee represents a story of the land and people that worked very hard for you to taste the best coffee there is.
Coffee for purists
Coffee purists are all about single origin because it gives you an immersive experience. It is coffee in its purest form because it is limited to just one harvest. Single origin gives that raw and unadulterated taste of coffee.
You are probably wondering where the best-tasting single origin coffee comes from. Unfortunately, this is a somewhat tricky question to answer to. First thing, everyone's taste is different. Secondly, there are so many coffees to choose from, and they change from harvest to harvest.
However, several countries are renowned for producing top-notch single-origin coffee. Colombia, Vietnam, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Bali and India are the most prominent ones in coffee bean quality.
I have some excellent news for you. The Boneyard Coffee Company has some of those single origin coffees available in their website. Which is the best? Well, that is for you to decide. It all breaks down to how you prefer to enjoy your cup of joe.Have you already tried single-origin, and which ones? Be free to let us know so we can share our best coffee experiences!