Though not indigenous to the same region, coffee and cacao plants have long been closely linked, courtesy of both an overlapping trajectory of transplanting and the almost startlingly similar set of processing steps it takes to transform each into the treats we love. Portland, Oregon micro-chocolatier Sahagún has taken chocolate and coffee's connection one step further with the cheekily named KA-POW! bar, in which single-origin coffee beans replace the traditional roasted cacao.
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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.