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Single Origin Coffee – The Ultimate Guide

You might have seen ‘single origin coffee’ printed on coffee pods and coffee bean packaging when you’re out shopping, but what is single origin coffee? And how does it differ to blended coffee? Well, look no further, we have the ultimate guide to single origin coffee for you below. Take a look!


What is single origin coffee?

Single origin coffee refers to coffee that is grown and can be traced to a single region or farm in one country. Its distinct, original and unique flavour profile is due to the particular local conditions in which the coffee plant grows.

How is single origin coffee grown?

Single origin coffees are grown on farms in their respective regions. These regions have their own unique weather conditions, which affect the soil and water pH levels. Coffee then grows and develops in these conditions, which determines the taste of the coffee.

What’s the difference between blended and single origin coffee?

Blended or mixed blend coffee is a mixture of coffee beans from different places, and therefore has multiple origins, compared to single origin coffee that comes from only one place. Blended coffee has a unique taste due to its blend of multiple beans and is mostly consistent all year round. Some single origin coffee (depending on which region it’s from) are only available for a short period in the year, making it scarce at times.

Where does single origin coffee come from?

Single origin coffee comes from a range of places all around the world. From Asia to Africa to South America, there’s an array to choose from. All of these coffee growing regions have their own unique flavours because of the conditions in which the coffee plant develops. You can enjoy single origin coffee from:

  1. India
  2. Mexico
  3. Kenya
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Peru
  6. Colombia
  7. Philippines
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Brazil
  10. Guatemala
  11. Vietnam

What are the benefits of single origin coffee?

A big benefit of single origin coffee is the distinct flavour profile. Colombian coffee has beautifully nutty profiles, whereas Ethiopian coffee is known for its floral flavour notes. With single origin coffee, you’re able to pick your favourite coffee region and identify which flavour notes you love.

Another benefit of single origin coffee is that it’s traceable. You know exactly where your coffee is coming from, which makes it all the more special.

What types of single origin coffee should I try?

There are so many types of single origin coffee to try. From Ethiopia to India, the flavour profiles vary. At NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®, our Absolute Origins range has delicious coffees from across the world for you to explore. We have:

Peru Cajamarca Espresso

The Peru Cajamarca Espresso is a beautifully intense, aromatic Arabica coffee comes from the mountains of Peru in the Cajamarca region. It possesses powerful flavour with notes of wood, liquorice and a delicate touch of pink pepper.

Mexico Chiapas Americano

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto®’s Mexico Chiapas Americano is a single origin Arabica and Robusta coffee which is slowly matured in the southern most point of Mexico. The flavour is mature with rich toasted hazelnut, praline and plum notes.

Colombia Sierra Nevada Lungo

From the mountains of Sierra Nevada in Colombia, we have the Colombia Sierra Nevada Lungo coffee pods. They have a beautifully nutty undertone with almond and nutmeg, paired with a dark profile. This single origin coffee pod is super unique – it’s a must try for a taste of Colombia.


We hope you’ve found the answers to ‘what is single origin coffee?’ in this article and you feel inspired to explore all the different flavour notes coffee comes in! Next, explore our guide on decaf coffee.

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