Single-origin coffee

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Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin. Sometimes this is a single farm,[1] or a specific collection of beans from a single country.[2] 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.[3]

Types of single-origin[edit]

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.[4]

Micro-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.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Coffee Glossary". H.T. Brown Coffee. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Coffee Language: Non-European Names". Coffee Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Moustache Coffee Club. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Coffee Language: Farm, Mill, and Estate Names". Coffee Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  5. ^ Butler, Nickolas (2007-09-01). "The Trouble With Micro-Lots?". Roast Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-29.