Single-origin coffee

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Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin.

Single-origins can offer unique characteristics and specific tastes when compared to blended coffees from multiple origins.[1] Some independent coffee shops have found that using single-origin coffee beans instead of a blend of beans gives them a way to add value over large chains, as the implications of single-origin suggests better quality, which is often true.[2] Consumers of specialty coffee are often attracted to single-origin coffee for the transparency it offers.[3]

There are no universal rules or governing body enforcing the labeling of coffee; however, there are governmental bodies in some countries that regulate the coffee market, for example in Brazil.[4]


Single-origin coffees may come from a single farm, multiple farms from the same country, or just a blend of the coffees grown from that country.[5][6] It could also mean an entire country which produces a wide variety of beans. such as Brazil, Colombia, and Vietnam.[7]

Estate coffees are a specific type of single-origin coffee. They are generally grown on one massive farm, which might range in size from a few acres to large plantations occupying many square miles, or a collection of farms which all process their coffee at the same mill.[8] Many countries in South and Central America have estate coffee farms, countries such as Columbia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico, have many estate farms. Starbucks owns a large majority of coffee farms in the Philippines, combining many small farms together to form one giant cooperative farm.

Micro-lot or small-lot coffees are another type of specific single-origin coffee from a single field on a farm, a small range of altitude, and specific day of harvest.[9] Many micro-lots are used for growing specialty coffee, which is some of the highest quality coffee offered on the market, which can range in prices.

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  1. ^ "The Ultimate Guide to Single Origin Coffee: Buying, Brewing, and More". Roasty Coffee. 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Moustache Coffee Club. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. ^ Grind, Perfect Daily (2015-09-14). "Everything You Need to Know About Single Origin Coffees". Perfect Daily Grind. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  4. ^ "Single Origin Coffee – Everything You Need to Know". Ispirare | Coffee & Espresso Reviews. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  5. ^ Marion, Darrin (2017-02-15). "What is Single Origin Coffee". Darrin's Coffee Company. Darrin's Coffee Company. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  6. ^ "Coffee Language: Non-European Names". Coffee Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  7. ^ Mowery, Lauren. "Here's Why Single Origin Coffee Is More Expensive But Worth Your Dollars". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  8. ^ "Coffee Language: Farm, Mill, and Estate Names". Coffee Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  9. ^ Butler, Nickolas (2007-09-01). "The Trouble With Micro-Lots?". Roast Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-29.