Single malt. Single vineyard. Single origin.

These terms are usually synonymous with higher pedigree. Many of you might start to notice cafés that are promoting Single Origin Coffee, emphasising that their beans are cultivated at regions such as Ethiopia, Indonesia, Cuba and Honduras. What are the differences between Ethiopia and Indonesian beans? Does it justify the higher price tag attached with it?

Single origin coffee is defined by its region and provenance, and you can even trace a particular batch of handpicked coffee to its farm and the processing method used.

Coffee lesson today: Natural processed Ethiopia Sidamo, 1500-2000m a.s.l (above sea level).

This means that the coffee is dried in the full cherry prior to de-pulping due to its natural process method is selected by the farmer and it is only using Ethiopia Sidamo coffee and 100% arabica bean due to its high altitude. Your palate will be treated to a high acidity coffee due to the high altitude, berries, sweet and medium body coffee. This tantalising taste will be lost  if this particular brew is served with milk.

Enjoy your freshly roasted Ethiopia Sidamo here

 

Natural process coffee
If the farmer chooses another process method like Washed or Honey, given that its same cherry, the result will vary. The same can be said if  coffee undergoes the same processing method but picked at a different season  which will be affected by many variables such as weather,  soil conditions, cultivation process, among others which lends each and every cup its unique character.

 

Coffee cherry. Photo from Pixabay

 

However, single origin coffees are often less balanced than its counterpart blended coffee, or fondly known as blends. In blends, flavours, acids, and aromas are often toned down by being complemented with more mellow, rounded beans. Single origin coffees retain their sharper flavours that only the connoisseurs appreciate and it is very difficult to maintain consistency due to reasons mentioned earlier. It is not necessarily a bad thing, it just makes every cup an experience in itself, reflecting the subtle differences in every batch and origin.

We always like to describe that savouring a cup of single origin coffee is akin to an escapade from your reality and a partaker of the history of your particular cup. It is entirely up to you to decide how much you are willing to explore in single origin. They are usually roasted lighter to bring out subtle aromas, tasting note, fruitier flavour and lighter body. Slight adjustment in brew or water temperature will change the experience and tells a different story.  Start your journey and explore the world of coffee now.We always like to describe drinking single origin coffee is like listen to a hometown story of the coffee. It is entirely up to you to decide how much you willing to explore in single origin. They are usually roasted lighter to bring out subtle aromas, tasting note, fruitier flavour and lighter body. Slight adjustment in brew or water temperature will change the experience and tells a different story.  Start your journey and explore the world of coffee now.