Single Origin Coffee. What’s the Big Deal?

In a growing coffee movement that values transparency and innovation, there is no doubt you’ve seen the words “Single Origin” bolded across the menus in coffee shops and grocery stores each and every day. Single Origin coffee is proving to be the next IT of the coffee world, but what exactly is it?

What Does Single Origin Mean?

Single Origin is a little title that packs a big punch. The term “Single Origin Coffee” refers to coffee that is sourced from one singular crop, region, or producer in one country. As the most important factor of Single Origin is traceability, you can narrow down the origin of your coffee even further, using the terms: Single Farm

  • This means that the coffee is sourced from one farm, mill, or co-op.

Single Estate

  • Some coffee labels will go as far as to list the Estate name and the specific lot that the coffee was grown on. Talk about specificity!

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What Are the Benefits of Single Origin Coffee?

  1. It Tastes Different

i. Single Origin coffee typically offers a distinct taste that is unique to its origin. Flavors of coffee beans can be influenced by numerous factors, including soil, altitude, climate, sunlight and local fauna.

2. It's Seasonal and Specialty

i. Single Origin coffee is typically only able to be harvested for a small portion of the year, creating the need for blended coffee mixtures on off season. Crops of single origin coffee beans tend to be smaller and more concentrated, which creates a higher demand for the beans when they are in season.

3. It’s Better Quality

i. Single Origin coffee is typically better quality. Coffee with a traceable origin is sought after as it is able to show how versatile the flavors in coffee can be.

If a Coffee Product is Not Single Origin… What is it? It’s a Blend!

Coffee that isn’t single origin is typically referred to as a blend, which takes two or more different origin coffee beans and mixes them together. The basic idea behind a blend is to take the best qualities from different origins to create a smooth and well-balanced coffee product. Blends are likely to be the main menu for most coffee shops due to their increased consistency and availability, worldwide.

The biggest challenge with blends is to try to create a coffee that maintains an all year round consistency without losing all of the flavors of its origin. The usual lack of specificity creates a strong market for single origin coffee, with popularity growing by the second.

Why is Single Origin Coffee Gaining Popularity?

Single Origin Coffee is particularly popular because of its traceability. With the rise of environmental and fair trade awareness, educated consumers are looking to companies that not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.

Single Origin Coffee is More Expensive. Is it Worth the Money?

In short, absolutely. While single origin coffee is usually sold at a higher price, baristas and coffee producers do not usually take the time to explain the qualities that make single origin such a delicacy.

  • Often served in pour over fashion, single origin typically takes longer to brew than blended coffee.

i. What you’re waiting for is the quality. Sounds worth the extra few minutes, right?

  • Single Origin Coffee is Picked by Hand.

i. Blended coffee can be harvested in large amounts by machines

Single Origin Coffee Beans are Picked and Judged by Hand

Red Panda Coffee Co is proud to offer single origin coffee including: Brazil Cerrado, Guatemala HueHueTenango, Colombian Supremo.

“The mission of Red Panda Coffee Co is to provide our community with high-quality single-origin coffee as well as contribute to the conservation and preservation of red pandas. For every coffee bag that’s sold, Red Panda Coffee Company donates 10% towards the Red Panda Network.”

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