By now, most enlightened coffee drinkers know the difference between a single origin coffee and a blend. Or do we? Last week, Starbucks added an Ethiopian coffee to their offerings, billed curiously as a "single origin blend".
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Asking whether someone prefers an espresso made from a blend of coffees or a single-origin bean is kind of like asking whether they prefer a romantic symphony or a blazing sax solo. They both have their time and place, but they're certainly very different music. So what's the difference between a blend and a single-origin coffee? And what are the benefits of each? Let's take a look.