The typical Italian espresso is the result of the combination of different types of coffee, almost never in single origin. For this very reason, we often and willingly speak of “blend“, composed of various types so as to enclose, in a single solution, different organoleptic characteristics and to satisfy the most varied tastes.
Thanks to the blends, it is difficult to taste a coffee that is only Mexican, only Brazilian or only Indian, nor is it necessary to ask for it in a specific way. All you need to do is go back to a single blend that includes all of them and you’re done!
Coffee is a natural product, so its quantity varies from year to year, depending on the harvest. The use of blends allows to keep its availability always constant without altering its quality. On the contrary: the more “origins” there are, the better the drink obtained. Having more options available, the roaster always has the possibility to rebalance the mixture whenever the need arises, without having to resort to unexpected changes that could affect the taste, aroma and flavour.
Each blend is composed of coffees of different origins, each with its own aromas, its balance between sweet and bitter, its body. By mixing them together they blend, balance and optimize each other, creating something new, unique and magical. This is why blending is defined as a real art: knowing how to combine different characteristics, taking the best sides and blending the strongest ones, is a technique that certainly not everyone is able to perform to perfection.
The first step towards a good quality blend is the choice of a carefully selected raw coffee, but it is not enough: the composition, blending, roasting and preparation must be carried out correctly to obtain an excellent result. For this, it is necessary that the operation is carried out by expert and wise hands, able to blend in a constant balance the different aromas of the various types of coffee chosen.
In the face of technological innovations, even today the best instrument for evaluation is man: human sense organs can never be supplanted by a machine, just as experience and training can never be. An expert, therefore, evaluates: