Coffee Blending is not a fad, but rather a proven technique to create new and wonderful coffee flavors.
Regardless of how trendy coffee becomes, the best coffee continues to be the one you like and not one recommended by a so-called coffee Connoisseur. Coffee flavor is a personal preference taking into account coffee variety, coffee roast, and adders (sugar, cream) that come together to make your perfect cup. In making the perfect cup, the up and coming trend is coffee blending. Blending can take the form of using different coffee varieties (Kona, Arabica and Robusta), or using different coffee brands and roasts. Coffee blending expands coffee flavor profiles infinitely due to the number and types of coffee products and roasts available in the market. Most coffee blending takes place at grinding where different beans are mixed together before grinding, but pre-ground coffee can also be blended. Finding your personal favorite will take some experimenting, and always remember to write down what makes up your favorite blend so you don’t lose the formula once you find it.
Blending Coffee Bean Variety
The blending of different varieties is not common, due to differing flavor, quality and price. A Kona coffee is not likely to be blended with Arabica or Robusta as it is a very expensive coffee and this would seem like a waste. Although Arabica and Robusta are not normally blended, Robusta being a less superior variety, there is a very good reason to blend these at certain roast levels. In a darker roast or expresso coffee, Robusta is often blended (10%-15%) with Arabica to add intense flavors and higher caffeine levels. Although variety blending is not common, you should not prevent this from you blending different varieties.
Blending Coffee Roasts
Where most blending occurs is at the brand and roast levels. Do not be afraid to experiment with blending, but use small quantities to minimize waste in case of a non-desirable blend. As a “Coffee Blender”, you will most likely find several blends that meet with your taste profile, and not just limit yourself to one. Using several base coffees, you can create a significant numbers of profiles y using different coffee and quantities. Understanding the individual profiles of the base coffee will help in understanding the profiles of the blended coffee. It will also help in refining the blend, by changing the quantity mix.