Why You Should Try Single Origin Coffee
If you buy coffee that is already ground and comes in a large can at the grocery store, chances are it's a blend. This means the beans come from various regions. While blends can make a good cup of coffee, the flavor isn't distinct. Coffee lovers can really branch out to better their understanding of their favorite beverage by looking into different beans. Where should you start? Try single origin coffee:
What is Single Origin Coffee?
Single origin coffee is created with beans that came from one region. While this may not seem important, it can have a huge effect on the drink's flavor. A coffee bean gets it's individual taste notes from several factors, including the soil, temperature and water in the area it was grown. When you hear of wine tastings where people take sips and then describe it with terms like, "fruity" or "nutty," these similar taste notes can be found in coffee. The variety of grapes is affected by the same factors that alter the flavor of coffee. If you were to taste a single origin brew from Guatemala, for example, it would taste different than one from Peru.
Words to Describe Brew to Impress Your Friends
There is a universally-used tool that can help you learn to describe the flavors you taste and even aromas you smell while drinking coffee. It's called the flavor or cupping wheel. On this wheel, you first identify what you think the body of the coffee is, from light to medium or heavy. Then, select adjectives and intensifiers that describe the coffee, like balanced, complex, lingering or clean. Finally, move to the wheel itself. Here you'll find many colors that help the eye distinguish one word from the next and relate to the word the represent. "Fruit" notes, for example, is in a berry color while "earthy" and "herb" are in green. Take a look at the wheel and you'll be using terms like "chocolate," "golden raisin," "hibiscus" and "squash" to discuss what your new favorite single origin brew tastes like.
Why Does the Origin of Coffee Matter?
Think about produce for a second. Unless you are a locavore, you likely eat whatever fruits you want at any time of year. This means you're getting pineapple from Hawaii and citrus from California even though they're not in season where you live. The same is true for coffee. While you could grow a coffee plant in Michigan in a window planter during the winter, the beans won't taste anything like those grown in the Southern Hemisphere. The conditions are better there, with more hours of sunshine and more nutrient-rich soil. Use your Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe and Gold Tone Filter to brew a cup of single origin coffee. Stash your mug on the Mr. Coffee® Mug Warmer and rinse out the pot. Now, make another cup of single origin coffee from a different country. When it's done, take a sip of one cup and write down what you think it tastes like. Next, do the same for the other. You'll likely notice different flavors due to their separate origins.