Single origin coffees are typically derived from the same geographical region.
Understanding the Difference
There are a number of differences between the two kinds of coffee. Here are some of the most notable divergences:
1. The cost and Availability
Single origin coffee tends to be more expensive than blended coffee. The reason is availability and variance in the growing season - single origin coffees tend to be exclusively seasonal and produced to a lesser extent. This is reflected in the price of your coffee as a consequence. Blended coffee, on the other hand, uses a variety of different beans, meaning it can be produced year-round. For that reason, it costs a little less.
2. The Taste
Many individuals, particularly those who are well-versed in all things java, tend to enjoy single origin coffee as it affords them the opportunity to experience one particular taste, in its most stripped-down form. That's why it is more common for people to enjoy single origin coffees black, without adding ingredients such as milk or sugar. If you're someone who loves ordering a creamy cappuccino or a luscious latte at your local coffee shop, it's more likely that you'll be served a blended coffee. In most places this is nicknamed the "house blend."
It is widely argued, however, that blended coffee produces a much more flavorful final product - that's likely another reason why most coffees sold are of the blended variety. Indeed, when mixed together, the beans produce a taste that hits a number of chords - from the aroma, to the smoothness, to the many flavorful notes - think chocolate, citrus and more. Put another way, a blended coffee arguably provides a more layered and diverse drinking experience. That's not to mention the fact that creating blended coffee is something of an art form - bringing multiple different flavors together and balancing them out so they work together in perfect harmony is no easy feat. Kudos to the talented roasters!