With the rise in popularity of specialty coffee, there has been an increasing presence of single origin coffees amongst your favourite blends. But that begs the question, what's the difference between a bag of single origin coffee and blended coffee, and which is right for you?

Walk into any specialty coffee shop and you’ll be overwhelmed by the choices presented to you. Single Origin washed coffee from Brazil with notes of malt or the House Blend with chocolates, caramel, and toffee, just to start.

We love both our Single Origin coffee and Blends but depending on what coffee you buy will change the experience you have at home. To help, start thinking about if you want to discover something new or are after that familiar consistency with your morning cup.

What is a Single Origin coffee?

In simple terms, a single origin is made up of one type of coffee bean that has been grown and sourced in one specific region in the world from a single crop, producer, or region. These beans are then roasted, brewed, and enjoyed on their own, tasting unique and different every day.

What flavours can you expect with a single origin then?

With singles, tasting notes depend on the climate, soils, and altitudes of where the coffee comes from; different regions will produce vastly different flavours. The flavours can usually be summarised simply, reflecting localised climates in the overall experience.

This is an absolute paradise for those exploring the possibilities of flavour in coffee. Producing distinct flavours in each cup with single origin coffee relies heavily on the weather, so there will never be two origins tasting the same. This results in a slight difference with every crop, roast, or cup you buy.

What are the best brew methods for Single Origin coffee?

Single origin coffee is beautifully suited to alternative brewing at home, with soft brew methods like pour-over or Aeropress. Brewing with these methods will gently bring out delicious flavour, so you’ve got a great chance of tasting those juicy apple and caramel notes in that Colombia Pescador you just bought. We’re constantly discovering amazing flavour in different regions, so we love single origin coffee, and we’ve got an entire galaxy range dedicated to our favourites.

What is blended coffee?

Coffee blends are made up of two or more types of coffee beans from different origins or processing methods roasted together to get a more balanced and consistent flavour. These coffees represent the majority of coffee consumption as they allow us to conceptualise a particular flavour profile that we want to create or recreate, and then use different beans types, roast temperatures, and ratios to tweak the roast and achieve this.

What flavours can you expect from blended coffee?

Blend flavours will be a lot more robust than a single origin coffee, with darker roasts bringing those chocolate, nutty characteristics to the fore whilst working in conjunction with lighter tones like fruit, spice or sweetness to produce a beautifully balanced flavour profile.

Why do we create coffee blends?

Blending coffee is a way to guarantee consistency in every single cup; expanding repeatable flavour to build a dependable morning ritual. We take the best parts of single origin coffee and pair it with others, similar or contrasting, to achieve a variety of exceptional flavour. Blending coffee is inspired by the pursuit of consistent flavour and is a way to guarantee consistency in every single cup; expanding repeatable flavour to build a dependable morning ritual.

Our Allpress Espresso blend is the perfect example of how we use blending to produce a consistent and reliable coffee flavour. We've been making this one for over thirty years, so you’d be hard pressed to find a better example of how to achieve a specific flavour consistency over such a long period of time.

What are the best brew methods for coffee blends?

Coffee blends and espresso go hand in hand. If you’re slamming intense, espresso-level pressure through your coffee, you want to make sure there’s enough flavour to stand against that pressure and taste delicious once it’s finished. Do you want something big, fat, and chocolatey? Or perhaps something more subtle with smooth milk chocolate and citrus? Blends are designed and roasted to get you that flavour, reliably and consistently. Although blends are ideal for espresso, you can expect a wide spectrum of flavour from a blend regardless of how you brew- you can still use your stovetop to brew top notch blends!

Blending coffee enables our flavour to travel around the world, from Dunedin to London, but iconic flavour doesn’t come by easily. The Allpress flavour is consistently delicious, because we blend for complexity and roast to perfection.

So, which is right for you at home, Single Origins or Blends?

We’ve got out recommendations, but it comes down to however you want to enjoy your morning brew. We love the consistency in our blends, but when we’re discovering and experiencing a new single origin flavour, there’s never a dull moment.