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What is Coffee Blending

A coffee blend is two or more different origin coffee beans which are mixed together. The main aim of coffee blending is to take the best qualities from different coffee types to create a well-balanced drink. A lot of coffee blends are designed to work either with or without milk.

In this article we want to tell you about the history and features of coffee blending and reasons to do it.

History of coffee blending

In the middle of the 20th century, blends appeared thanks to Robusta and its quality to dense a cream with a long bitter taste. Then, it was considered an indicator of strength. Before people began to blend coffee, they consumed coffee beans on original mono-sorts from different parts of the world. But since the coffee roasting industry was not so developed, the taste characteristics of coffee blurred among themselves. So, the difference between coffee with and without Robusta could be felt immediately.

Reasons to blend coffee

• To get a stable taste for a long time.

For example, a roaster can “hold” the flavor profile more consistently throughout the year. Constant fluctuations in bean characteristics, which depend on terroir, processing, and overall coffee yield, affects the roasts. But blends allow the roaster to still “get” into the very characteristics of coffee that are so desired by the customers. To do this, they make mixtures of four or more varieties.

• To create a unique flavor and aroma.

The more diverse the blend, the richer and more refined its taste and aroma. Each variety of coffee beans has individual characteristics, so by combining several different varieties together, you can make the mixture unique.

• To balance the taste disadvantages of one variety with the advantages of another.

Robusta beans are less aromatic, but they result in a fuller and more extractive drink. It is no coincidence that Robusta acts more as an additive. Being cheaper, it contributes to decreasing the price of the coffee blend. Expensive Arabica is blended with cheap Robusta in order to achieve the more pleasant taste and aroma characteristics of the drink. Thus, simultaneously with the cost reduction, another task of obtaining a better taste and aroma of the drink is achieved.

Features of coffee blending

There are many requirements need to be met while coffee blending. According to the rules, when creating new mixtures, first determine its purpose. It can be reducing the degree of sourness, adding strength or changing the aftertaste of the drink.

The resulting new taste goes through numerous tastings. The recipe changes to bring all the characteristics to perfection. Only after that a new variety is launched into production.

There are two ways to prepare espresso blends:

Pre-blending. The coffee beans in this case are blended before the roasting process. This method is quite complex as the raw materials differ in density, size, and sugar content. With joint heating, some types of beans will need more time to develop.
Post blending. A simple technology, when the roasted beans are combined in certain proportions.

Pre-blending gives a more balanced cup and full-bodied taste. The second method is used, if it is needed to combine more than 4 varieties.

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