A single-origin means the coffee is produced by one producer, region, or crop. Blends are coffees with multiple origins. Our year-round offerings include blends, but not all. Single-origins are different than our year-round offerings because only at certain times of the year they are available. Because most coffee is only harvested once a season, we try to showcase our single origins whenever they are at their finest taste. Sometimes it takes a few weeks, while other times it can last almost a whole year as with some Ethiopian coffees.

Do Single-Origins Taste Different?

Single-origin coffees can only be traced to one location, so they have a distinctive flavor that is influenced by the growing and processing environment. The flavor of a coffee can be greatly affected by several factors, such as the variety of its botanical species, climate, elevation, and shade. The single-origin coffees are often roasted lighter to emphasize the beans’ natural flavors, rather than the roast. Counter Culture’s single origin coffee is generally lighter in a roast.

Are Single-Origin Coffees More Delicious Than Other Coffees.

No one type of coffee is better than another. Counter Culture believes great coffee can be found in different types and locations. We support the idea that any coffee can be brewed!

How Do I Know Which Counter Culture Coffees Have Single-Origin Origin?

Limited-release coffees are also available throughout the year. These limited-release coffees come packaged in boxes.

The stickers at the back of all our coffees throughout the year indicate which regions have what percentage.

How Do You Check The Quality Of Coffee?

So, we know that single-origin generally means high-quality coffee. Direct trade and increased demand have led to increased availability and quality of specialty coffee. But how can we tell what a good quality coffee is? A single origin doesn’t necessarily mean good.

That’s where industry assessment systems come in. These systems, such as Cup of Excellence or Coffee Quality InstituteQ, are widely respected and used to assess the quality of coffees. They include single origins, single estates, and micro lots. These systems not only guide coffee consumers to purchase high-quality coffees, but also motivate them to keep searching for better quality beans. These systems are used by roasters and producers to promote their coffees, which can result in a significant financial reward.

There are three major systems: Cup of Excellence (Coffee Quality Institute Q), Coffee Review (Coffee Review), and Cup of Excellence (Coffee Quality Institute Q). The Cup of Excellence competition is the highest form of recognition for specialty producers. It recognizes quality and care in producing rare and specialized lots. The Coffee Quality Institute Q system is compliant with the SCAA standards. It evaluates the quality of the coffee at both the farm and producer levels. Coffee Review, however, is invaluable to roasters and retailers. The most popular and influential guide to buying coffee in the world, Coffee Review reviews different roast profiles.

How do they determine if coffee is good? Isn’t coffee subjective and subject to bias? These systems can quantify the quality of coffee and eliminate any subconscious biases. They usually use blind cupping or the 100 point review system. Although the criteria can differ within each system, you’ll find that the systems follow the descriptions used by professional coffee tasters on their tasting scoresheets.