The definition of single-origin coffee varies. In some cases, it denotes coffee sourced from a single farm. In others, the coffee beans can come from multiple farms within the same region or country. Either way, the goal is the same: to retain the wonderful flavors specific to certain parts of the world, rather than mixing flavors with a blend from different areas. As a result, single-origin coffee tends to have a stronger, more concentrated taste and come from a more ethical means of production.
An unbeatable place to go for single origin is Red Bay Coffee. Founded in 2014, the Bay Area-roaster sells eight signature varieties, six of which are single origin. (The two that are not single origin are espresso blends that still have rave online reviews and are worth checking out for espresso drinkers.)
One of the company’s most popular single-origin varieties is East Fourteenth, a dark roast harvested in Tanzania that contains notes of blackberries, dark chocolate, and dates. Other top options include Brazilian Cake Lady, which mixes things up with notes of citrus and golden raisin, and King’s Prize, a medium roast grown in the heralded and historic district of Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Red Bay products are only sold in whole bean, and each bag is conveniently labeled with the coffee’s roast level, flavor notes, and sourcing region.