Single-origin coffee

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Single-origin coffee is coffee grown within a single known geographic origin, meaning a single farm.[1][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]

There are no real rules or governing body enforcing the labeling of coffee.[4] 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-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.[5]

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.[6]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Moustache Coffee Club. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  4. ^ "Single Origin Coffee – Everything You Need to Know". Ispirare | Coffee & Espresso Reviews. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  5. ^ "Coffee Language: Farm, Mill, and Estate Names". Coffee Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  6. ^ Butler, Nickolas (2007-09-01). "The Trouble With Micro-Lots?". Roast Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-29.