Coffee Lingo: Single-origin

Single-origin: (adj.) used to describe a coffee that comes from one lot, farm, region, or country.

Before the past decade, most of the coffee people drank was probably a blend of beans purchased from different countries, roasted together to achieve a consistent taste profile. The beans used in single-origin coffees, by contrast, come from one place, whether it’s a single country, region, estate, farm, or micro-lot.

While blends derive their dominant flavors from the roasting process, single-origin coffees often have unique and distinct tastes that come naturally from the beans themselves. For example, coffees from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia, are known for having citrusy tasting notes.

7 Comments on Coffee Lingo: Single-origin

  1. Does that mean single origin coffees are always the most freshly roasted? Are your single origin coffees always in a bag marked Workshop?

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    • La Colombe // March 18, 2016 at 1:43 pm // Reply

      All of our coffees are fresh-roasted every day! Including our Classic & Reserve blends. Our single-origins are part of our Workshop line, yes. We also have a single-origin Rwandan in our Organics line!

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      • There's a lot to know. // March 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm // Reply

        What is the easiest way to keep the coffees straight- classic, reserve, workshop, organic? … just keep looking at the online shop, is there a trick for newbies, and also want to learn (and teach the family) about the geographic locations. For example, are any of the coffees ever grown at low elevations (or is that a contradiction in terms?). Thanks.

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  2. I’d love to try some of your unique coffees at a coffee tasting. I live in a small town between Chattanooga Tn and Birmingham Al currently. So attending a “tasting” anytime soon would be difficult since your store locations are up up North. Any idea how you can remedy this coffee quandary ?

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    • move?🙂

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    • Hope it helps // March 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm // Reply

      I recommend getting your coffee buddies together and organized, so that each person orders a different group of three bags, tins or tubes. Then, share and compare when you get together for book club, cards, potlucks and other visits. Over time, you will end up tasting several coffees.

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    • Hope it helps too // March 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm // Reply

      Also, you can suggest to your favorite eateries that they brew LC wholesale (I think it is maybe the Corsica for regular coffee and the Monte Carlo for decaf coffee that restaurants can purchase from the wholesale section of the website.). Some restaurants have hard-copy surveys at the table or cash register and others take suggestions online using the code from the bottom of your receipt.

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