This is the seventh (part B) of eight foundation posts on specialty coffee. This post follows an interview with Joe Molloy and Suhaimie Sukiman on the differences between filter and espresso coffee. Sign up to the newsletter for more on coffee, its origins and stories.
On single-origin with Molloy
Single origin means the coffee comes from one “country.” More specifically, Molloy notes it’s knowing the coffees estate/cooperative, its harvest and processing timeframe.
While not a causative factor, the ability to trace your coffee to its particular origin is correlated with farmers getting a good price for their coffee. (See the first post on the definition “What is Specialty Coffee?”) In highlighting the individual areas, farmers and mills, roasters can bring out the best of the coffees sourced.
On blended coffees with Suhaimie Sukiman
Espresso blends are a coffee roasters best friend, a harmony of different single origins to reflect and showcase the roasters craft. At Dutch Colony, they manage 4 blends, with one being seasonal to showcase only 2 or more selected single origins that are in season and fresh, of a limited time offering. The remaining three have a consistent taste profile throughout the year.
As the specialty coffee scene in Singapore is young, the market is accustomed to ‘safe’ and ‘comfortable’ notes. With a blend, they can find the right balance to cater to this group of drinkers – and this is often not achievable through one origin, one farm, one varietal coffees.
Curated by Karyan Ng.