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What is a coffee blend?
A coffee blend is a mixture of two or more different origin coffee beans that are mixed together. The idea behind blends is to take the best qualities from different origins to create a smooth, well-balanced tasting coffee. A lot of coffee blends are designed to work either with or without milk. One of the main advantages of blends is the fact that they are not as overpowering as single origins, so work well as the base for your traditional espresso-based drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.
In addition, blends are often more consistent and forgiving than single origins. Single origin coffees will have a smaller window in which you can get the optimum flavours out of them. This is usually emphasised by the way single origins are roasted. Normally single origin coffees are roasted on a light to medium roast in order for them to maintain the maximum amount of the unique origin flavour as possible. Once you start to roast darker you start to lose the unique flavours and darker more bitter flavours start to overpower the original flavours.