Why Choose Single Origin Coffee
Here at Two Chimps Coffee, we are very proud to roast single origin coffees.
A single origin coffee means exactly that, a coffee from one country. We like to go a step further, however. Our single origin coffees can be traced back to a farm or cooperative within that country. Currently, at the time of writing, our single origin coffees available are as follows:
Box of Frogs – San Jose, El Salvador
The Kittens Onesie – El Paraiso, Nicaragua
Ready, Set, Bananas – Los Robles, Costa Rica
Starry Eyed – El Cipres, Costa Rica
Captain Caffeination – Excelso Gran Galope, Colombia
How Many Is A Brazilian? – Andre Sanchez Estate, Brazil
Benefits of Single Origin Coffee
Are there really benefits to single origin coffee, over a blend? Let’s take a look.
Perhaps the most prominent reason for choosing a single origin coffee is that they each display their very own characteristics. This exact set of characteristics can only be found in that particular coffee. If a particular coffee was to form part of a blend, these flavours and characteristics might be masked by another part of the blend.
As we only roast speciality coffee, we roast to bring out the natural flavours in the coffee, rather than to mask them. These flavours include fruity, or citrusy notes along with nuts, chocolate and toffee.
All of our single origin coffees are ethically sourced too. Our coffees are not always fairtrade or rainforest alliance, but they are traded fairly. We pay between 30 and 150% more than the ‘commodity rate’ for our green coffee beans. This way we know the farmers that grow the beans are getting a fairer price for their hard work and knowledge.
Negatives of Single Origin Coffee
If you purchase roasted coffee grown in Brazil for instance, when you run out, you can find another roasted coffee that was grown in Brazil. Great, but not so great. Every coffee in Brazil doesn’t taste the same. Think of it like beer. The Uk is one island, yes, but each beer produced doesn’t taste the same I am sure you would agree. With our coffees as mentioned above, we can trace them further than the country of origin.
The downside to this is that when a coffee has gone, it has gone for good. Let me explain. Once a coffee has been harvested, processed, sorted and sold, that is it; no more of that particular coffee. Even if we returned next year to the same farm or estate for more, it wouldn’t be exactly the same. We admit, this can be annoying, especially if you are really enjoying a specific coffee.
This can be turned into a positive however. With our single origin coffees changing every 8 to 12 months, you will be able to try many different coffees that you wouldn’t have done if you just stayed with the one. You never know, you may even find one that you prefer.
The other way around this is to create a coffee blend. If you want to have a go at this, we run coffee courses. Find out more by following the link.
Creating a blend can allow coffee to taste the same (or at least very similar) time and again by blending different coffees and by roasting them slightly differently. When we blend coffee, however, we create limited edition blends. We do so with the idea of creating something exciting and individual, rather than to get a coffee to taste like another one.
Even though there are negatives to single origin coffee, we see these as positives and will continue to roast single origin coffees until there’s no more left!
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