It’s a strange feeling to have as much as twenty types of coffee blends on the menu and don’t know which one to pick, right? If you try checking online retail stores like Amazon, you will also find it even more fascinating to see hundreds of coffee blends making your head (and taste buds, too!) go on a tailspin on what to pick. If you are wise however, a quick check on what goes on each of these coffee blends will give you a glimpse on what to expect for every cup.
So, here’s a rundown on the types of coffee blends for you to pick which ones will suit your taste.
Blends of Origin
If you think Mocha Java is all about chocolate, you are deeply mistaken. Most types of coffee blends in specialty coffeeshops and online stores actually point to where the beans came from. The famous Mocha Java, for instance, come from the perfect combination of Yemen’s Mocha and Java coffee beans.
The Mocha coffee from Yemen (or sometime’s Ethiopia’s Harrar) delivers a rich fruity medium-bodied coffee sensation while Java (or Sumatra) is much smoother and deeper. The same can also be said to other blends in the market. Hawaii Kona blends naturally came from Hawaii coffee but blended distinctively to steer away from single-origin types.
Combining two distinct coffee beans do not necessarily point to the usual cost-saving blueprint of many manufacturers, but rather as a creative concept of mixing complementary flavors to deliver a more distinctive and savory new blend of coffee.
Many types of coffee blends are generally named according to their geographical location. Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatemala, and so on are often lump into a single entity—Central American Blend. Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, Aruba, or Antigua coffees are also blended to deliver Caribbean blends. Caribou coffee blends, on the other hand, are also coffee fusion from Central or South American varieties with that of Asian blends. Most Caribou blends deliver lively fruity tones that can be delightful to drink day or night.
Another aspect of coffee nomenclature is the flavored coffee blends. Lending a huge part of the pop culture, this category is heavily touted as good yet affordable types. It is often characterized as medium to medium-dark roast usually infused with flavoring agents soaked directly into the coffee beans. Actual fruits, nuts or spices are actually evident in the mixture in some quality brands to deliver a seemingly natural or organic look.
Some renowned flavored blends may even be present in your pantry right now, each with distinction as crème, vanilla, name of fruit or nut, name of spice, or even chocolate. Think: hazelnut or French vanilla or Irish Creme. French vanilla does not necessarily mean it came from France or that Irish Crème is coffee endemic in Ireland.
The 4-flavored coffee blends from Dolche, for instance, come from the perfect fusion of Arabica and Robusta beans grown in the Far East. Many top gourmet brands, however, do not carry flavored blends as part of their coffee philosophy.
Ah, the sweatshop of coffee—house blends! It is safe to deduce that all cafes carry their “house blends” or that most, if not all, manufacturer also have this on their menu. While many cafes and manufacturers make do with coffee nomenclature to categorized each of their house blends according to its single origin, they tend to be more creative to lend a sense of uniqueness to their personal brand. Like freelance writers and bloggers giving their own distinctive style in writing, so do coffeeshop baristas, owners and avid roasters baptizing their own “creation”. Starbucks, for instance, perfected the house blends brand.
For The Love of Coffee Blends
No matter how mind-blowing the coffee nomenclature, it is imperative to dig deeper on the types of coffee blends you wish to buy. Remember that all these “blends” suggest where the coffee beans originally came from, their roasting type, and the flavoring added to it. Coffee blend enthusiasts prefer buying from Amazon, for instance, as reviews and particulars are usually described in detail. Because, believe it or not, it’s a waste of time to ask a salesgirl or a barista on the details when buying from supermarkets or a nearby coffee shop.