Coffee Blending – Using Different Origins to Create Fulfilling Flavor Profiles
Coffee blending allows producers to give customers a product with specific taste profiles based on the source of the beans, the climate in which they were grown, and the roasting methods. For example, if a grower wishes to offer beans with a more pronounced citrus acidity, he would likely include a heavy dose of beans sourced from farms in Kenya in that particular blend.
Another factor to consider with blending is that it allows the larger retailers to offer coffee that maintains a more consistent flavor, no matter the time of harvest, nor the regions where the beans were produced. Coffee blending allows a producer to create a well-rounded coffee that could either offer just a standard coffee flavor, or one that hints at many different profiles but doesn’t offer too much of one flavor over another.
Blending allows coffee producers to experiment, to take some creative liberties with the growing and roasting process to see what kind of magic they might come up with. It also allows them, by balancing the content evenly, to satisfy the ever-increasing demands of consumers who know what they like specifically and aren’t very interested in deviating from those very well-defined tastes.
Now let’s take a very quick look at some organic coffee blends in action, and what characteristics are typically present from specific countries of origin.
- Brazilian – Usually a simplistic, uncomplicated medium profile, with hints of nutty flavor and strong aroma.
- Black & Tan Organics – Mixing medium and dark roast beans from South American and Indonesian farms provides balance with sweet & smooth flavor.
- Espresso Organic Blend – A perfect example of producers utilizing coffee blends to target specific uses and tastes, this is a dark roast perfect for espresso.
Besides knowing the characteristics of growing regions, the importance of organically grown coffee beans cannot be understated. Some benefits of going organic include:
- Better Taste: The absence of industrial pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers used for large scale industrial coffee production simply result in a better tasting roast.
- Better Aroma: As we all know, one of the best parts of drinking coffee in the morning is enjoying that rich, hearty smell of a fresh cup brewing. When the coffee beans are grown in the most natural way possible, free of man-made chemicals, the aroma is even more pleasurable.
- Better for Our Planet: Organic farming causes less harm to the planet and ultimately our health by avoiding the use of harmful chemicals which end up washing out into the groundwater supply. By using natural fertilizer, the soil is preserved in a naturally occurring rich compost state which sustains the growth cycle for years to come, eliminating water pollution and preserving the natural habitat for animals and preserving our health and the health of farmers as well.
For more in depth discussion about why organic coffee is not only better tasting, and better for us overall; and information about the many different types of organic coffee blends available no matter what your flavor preference is, look for a coffee shop near you that specializes in only Fair Trade produced organic coffee.
Fair Trade ensures that the coffee is sourced from areas where the health & welfare of the farm workers are protected through the enforcement of labor laws and that the coffee you drink is produced naturally without causing harm to our environment.