Does Single Origin really matter?
Coffee beans labelled ‘single origin’ don’t necessarily come from the same farm. It’s more likely that the beans have been sourced from the same coffee-growing district, and thus may have regional characteristics. These common properties could be the result of a particular soil type, climatic conditions, cultivation practices or altitude. In some cases, ‘single origin’ simply means that the coffee beans were grown in one country, such as Vietnam.
If you’re considering buying ‘single origin’ coffee and the price is significantly higher because of the source, check with the importer or merchant what exactly ‘single origin’ means to them. In many cases, this label is simply an excuse to bump up the price of the coffee beans.