As the name suggests, a single origin coffee is one whose distinctive flavors come 100% from beans grown from a specific country or region. Climate, weather, moisture, soil, and altitude are all conditions that affect coffee flavor, which can vary from origin to origin and cause different flavors and coffee notes.
The Bean Belt
The world wears a belt, and it is called the Bean Belt or Coffee Belt. The Bean Belt or Coffee Belt, located between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, runs horizontally along the equator. The climates in this area of the world are perfect for growing coffee. In our Coffee 101 section, you can learn about some of the different regions such as Costa Rica and Ethiopia. Costa Rica Tarrazu coffee is very popular. Read “Why is Costa Rica Tarrazu Coffee so Popular?” and you will learn that coffee is the number one import there and the finest beans are grown in Costa Rica. Last week we posted about Ethiopian Single Origin Coffee. Ethiopia is where coffee beans were originally discovered. Learn more in our article on “Ethiopian Single Origin Coffee and the Legend of the Jumping Goats!“.
Look at the Bean Belt map to see precisely where Roast2Order’s Single Origin coffee beans are grown. Most of our single origin coffee is a medium to lighter roast, with a few that might be considered “very light”. Everyone’s palate is a little different. You are the judge; we encourage your feedback!
Finest, organically grown beans
As you may have read in “Why Choose Roast2Order Coffee over Other Coffees?” we use only the finest green beans that are hand-selected and organically grown. Our beans are Fair Trade and Rain Forest Certified, meeting FDA approval from small farms or local community development co-ops. The type of beans used is predominantly Arabica. Some competitors will tell you their coffee is 100% Arabica beans. That might be true, but there are different grades of all types of coffee beans, including Arabica! And, Arabica beans do not always have a strong coffee flavor. Arabica beans are usually the most expensive because they are more complex and take longer to grow. These are predominantly used because the tastes are often richer, smoother, sweeter, and contain almost no bitterness.
To enhance the coffee flavors and create a more authentic taste, we use other beans, such as Robusta and Liberica beans. There are others as well, depending on the growing region. These beans tend to be easier to grow and often contain more earthy or more robust flavors.
There are different grades in each of these bean types as well. The debate on which is better can be settled this way. From our experience, a high-quality Robusta bean will always taste better than a low-quality Arabica bean.
Roasting Single Origin Beans
We take great pride in our roasting prowess. Our “Roast Masters” have been roasting coffee for decades. We use only the highest quality commercial grade roasting machines, and our “Roast Masters” have spent enormous amounts of time “honing in” on their “recipes” to create the most balanced coffee possible for every roast we make. While we know we cannot satisfy every palette, we try to stay as consistent in our roast to what is most popular or standard to that of the specific origin we are roasting as we can.
If you have spent enough time trying different coffee from these origins, you’ll notice regional influences to them all. From one “origin,” there may be as many as 7 or 8 different varieties of what we call our “single origin” coffee! Perhaps someday, our popularity will grow exponentially, and we will have enough demand to support offering some, if not all of those as well.
If you are used to only drinking coffee from one of the origins we offer, we realize we may not match up 100% to the criteria you are used to. We are hoping you will find one you really enjoy! Of course, the most significant difference in enjoying our single origin coffee is that ours is roasted fresh and delivered to you quickly, so you can enjoy that “freshly roasted” taste!
Roasted in the USA
We roast all of our coffee in the United States, which should significantly enhance your experience since the beans are delivered to you freshly roasted, usually within a week of the actual roast date! There is no delay in waiting for the coffee to be loaded into a container, the container trucked to a port, wait to get loaded on a vessel, the time it takes to travel abroad, arrive, go through clearance into the US, then the various shipping channels that exist, from roaster to wholesaler, maybe multiple wholesalers, packaging, labeling, warehousing, more shipping to get it to a store, and eventually, it finds its way to your counter! This process can take anywhere from weeks to months! During which time, the roasted coffee is aging and growing stale, eventually losing natural coffee flavor only to be replaced by bitter, sour, and acidic flavors.
As we have said before, once coffee beans are roasted, the freshness clock is ticking no matter who’s they are! Hence why we feel it is essential that the process be done here and fresh roasted coffee delivered directly to you.
Next week we will post about our other Single Origin Coffees – Sumatra – a medium roast coffee with a sweet finish, Mexican – unique, bold and yet smooth, Colombian – full flavor and body, rich and smooth, Guatemala – a medium roast, full-bodied, but not overpowering with a sweet finish, and Brazilian – light roast coffee that is always smooth and flavorful.