Creating coffee blends is like creating a recipe where we combine two or more coffees to strike overall balance, while at the same time producing complexity of flavors.
We blend to create a perfect taste for a specific consumer segment, a type of brewing method (espresso, drip, aero press, french press) or a specific season (summer vs winter time).
The art of blending requires us to put a lot of attention to detail and to consider the coffee varietal, the density of the coffee beans, the country of origin, the processing method (washed, honey, natural, monsooned), the blending ratios, the roasting temperature, etc.
The first step in this process is to figure out the desired taste or the goal for the blend. This will determine the coffees we will be using and the estimated proportions.
Then, we do a sample roast of each individual coffee and cup it to evaluate the body, the aroma, the flavor, the acidity and the sweetness. It’s kind of like doing an X-ray! Different coffees have different tasting notes and performances in the cup.
Once we figure the potential of each coffee, is time to start the blending process. Imagine creating a recipe from scratch; it takes time and many trials.
We then also try the new recipes in the different brewing methods to evaluate their performance and how they are tasting on their own or combined with other ingredients like different types of milk.
Once we have found the perfect blend we bring it to you to enjoy and savor that new creation.
We hope this gives you some insights into the art of coffee blending and will spark your curiosity.