Why Coffee Blends Don’t Blend In So Easily?

Why Coffee Blends Don’t Blend In So Easily?

January 15, 2020

Let’s explore today the beauty of coffee blends. They are a world on their own and by no means of inferior quality than single origin coffees. Blends are in essence a smart way of mixing single origin coffee beans.

Let’s recap single origins: there are two large bean families, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica grows at a higher altitude than Robusta, yielding a richer bean with more concentrated flavours and thus floral and fruity notes. Robusta instead is a more resilient species that grows at lower altitudes and tends to provide coffee with often woody and earthy notes. Importantly, Robusta has typically double the caffeine of Arabica.

Blending is the process of mixing two or more of the single origins, each being Arabica and/or Robusta. But why do we blend? Imagine you wanted a coffee which is bold and vibrant yet spicy with a hint of nut meg? Colombian single blend typically offers the boldness and Indonesian the spiciness. The only way thus to obtain exotic flavours is to mix them, i.e. to blend them.

So how do we blend? Mixing coffee up randomly does not do the job. Coffee roasters recommend using no more than five coffee types with each represented by at least eight percent as otherwise the flavour will be lost. The trick is to try out different concentrations to find the perfect balance of taste, strength and body.

For instance, to create signature blends, one would try to find the perfect balance between the base note, the mid-palate pleasure and the high notes. For the base note, sweet browning flavours found in Brazil are perfect. For the mid-palate taste, more fruity coffees found in Colombia are popular. And for the high night, coffees with citric acidity are used such as found in Kenya.

How popular are our blends with our customers? Not surprisingly, they are as popular as our single blends. Our Moving Beans Classic Espresso Blend has been very popular ever since the inception of Moving Beans. However, our Moving Beans Reserve Espresso Blend, which we introduced a few months back is catching up quickly. Enjoy your coffee today! 



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Our Moving Beans Blogs

Three Reasons Why People Love Coffee
Three Reasons Why People Love Coffee

April 15, 2021

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks that has ever been created, yes even more popular than alcohol! Well, it is not that surprising knowing that most people in the world never skipped a day without drinking a cup of coffee, and some even drink a gallon a day! But what makes people love the bitter taste of coffee so much? Let's talk about it and dig into it, shall we? There could be thousands of reasons why most people love drinking coffee so much, it could be because of scientifically proven benefits or just simply because they love it. However, from what I’ve researched one of the most common reason if coffee makes and keeps you awake and energized, helps you stimulate your brain, and keeps you alert that’s why it makes so much sense why you drink a cup of coffee with your breakfast before you go to work or school.

Read More

4 Best Coffee Shops in London
4 Best Coffee Shops in London

April 01, 2021

Who doesn’t love coffee?  If you do, like most people, you probably look for the best coffee shops in your town too! Coffee shops interior and vibe are amazing as much as their coffee, they are instagrammable, cozy, and the smell of the place—Ugh!

Read More

5 Best Creamers for Your Coffee
5 Best Creamers for Your Coffee

March 15, 2021

There are different types of coffee lovers, some want their coffee dark and strong, some simply want a sweet, light, and milky coffee. However, because of tons of creamers out there that you can choose from, it’s pretty hard to choose one. Don’t confuse yourself because I’m here to minimize your options to have the 5 best creamers for your coffee. Keep reading!

Read More