Single-origin coffee

Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin, meaning a single farm.[1][2] It could also mean an entire country which produces a wide variety of beans. [3]The name of the coffee is then usually the place it was grown to whatever degree available. Single-origins are viewed by some as a way to get a specific taste, and some independent coffee shops have found that this gives them a way to add value over large chains.[4] It is important to note that it should be easy to trace single-origin coffee to its source. Another thing to note is that with the sudden increase in specialty coffee shops, consumers are starting to be interested in the transparency that single-origin coffee offers. [5]

There are no real rules or governing body enforcing the labeling of coffee.[6] A single origin coffee could be:

  • Coffee entirely from one farm.
  • Coffee from multiple farms in the same general area. (very common)
  • Coffee from multiple farms in the same country.

Types of single-originEdit

Estate coffees are a specific type of single-origin coffee. They are generally grown on a single farm, which might range in size from a few acres to large plantations occupying many square miles, or a collection of farms which all process their coffee at the same mill.[7]

Micro-lot or small-lot coffees are another type of specific single-origin coffee from a single field on a farm, a small range of altitude, and specific day of harvest.[8]

Brands of single-originEdit

Some notable brands of single-origin coffee include:[9]

  • Sea Island Clifton Mount Estate
  • Ethiopia Nano Challa
  • Taylors of Harrogate Colombia
  • Union Emporium Caturra Microlot

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Marion, Darrin (2017-02-15). "What is Single Origin Coffee". Darrin's Coffee Company. Darrin's Coffee Company. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  2. ^ "Coffee Language: Non-European Names". Coffee Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  3. ^ Mowery, Lauren. "Here's Why Single Origin Coffee Is More Expensive But Worth Your Dollars". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  4. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Moustache Coffee Club. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  5. ^ Grind, Perfect Daily (2015-09-14). "Everything You Need to Know About Single Origin Coffees". Perfect Daily Grind. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  6. ^ "Single Origin Coffee – Everything You Need to Know". Ispirare | Coffee & Espresso Reviews. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  7. ^ "Coffee Language: Farm, Mill, and Estate Names". Coffee Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  8. ^ Butler, Nickolas (2007-09-01). "The Trouble With Micro-Lots?". Roast Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  9. ^ "11 best single-origin coffees". The Independent. 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2019-11-15.