Create Your Own Coffee Blend

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Why would you want to create your own coffee blend? Think of it as having the same motivation when you created the four-star dish to the delight of your family and friends. This time you're creating your own signature blend to your own liking. Imagine enjoying a cup of coffee that can be had exclusively at your place, filling the house with the rich aroma of the finest roasted beans. Don't let the idea intimidate you because, in an instant, you can be a barista in your own home.

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Blending a single-origin coffee together with a complementing variety can give you a cup of coffee with enhanced flavor. This is one of the reasons why coffee producers and roasters are creating coffee blends. Aside from having a signature fusion, creating your own coffee blend allows you to have a consistent cup profile at reduced costs.

Economically, this makes sense if you're roasting commercially. Combining cheaper coffee with specialty beans can bring down the cost of your coffee products. However, the quality of coffee beans can differ between farms and regions. The only way to meet customers' expectations to have the same consistent taste from one cup to the next is to minimize the differences among the blended coffee varieties. Although the result is often bland, or as they stylishly call it "balanced" coffee, it succeeds in creating a unique flavor profile. Herein lies the true artistry of coffee blending - the natty trick of combining the unique qualities of several coffees to come up with a totally new coffee that is even better than its sources.

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Not only artisan roasters are melding coffee beans to create their signature blend. With specialty coffee now a part of fine cuisine, and with the availability of coffee products and basic equipment for coffee making, it is becoming common for many people to be more experimental in brewing house cappuccinos and fancy coffee cocktails. However, even if you've invested in state-of-the-art equipment, you still need to be equipped with the basics of coffee flavors and cup qualities that will cater to your personal coffee preferences.

The Two Common Types of Coffee Beans

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For you to create a café worthy blend at home requires some basic knowledge of coffee geography, botany, and chemistry - the origin, qualities, and how they will react when combined together. Understanding these characteristics will set you off to your blending passion at home.

  • Arabica Bean: The bush is grown in almost all parts of the world and its beans are what compose over 70 percent of all coffee beverages. It is highly flavorful, yet it contains less caffeine. The soil, climate, and even the foliage can affect the flavor of Arabica beans. This explains why there are multitudes of flavor associated with Arabica beans. For example, the smooth, floral Ethiopian Arabica beans greatly differ from the bitter tasting Kenyan Arabica beans because they are from different origins.
  • Robusta Bean: Also known as the Canephor, the Robusta bean is found worldwide, but is mostly cultivated in Asia. Compared to Arabica beans, Robusta beans have less oil but with more caffeine which tends to give the acidic and bitter taste. Despite these qualities, the beans are used for blended coffees and as expensive roasts for gourmet coffees, like Kona and Java.

Experimenting with Different Blends

The key to finding the right formula for your own signature blend is patience. Give yourself leeway to commit a few mistakes and celebrate success as you experiment with dozens of recipes for blending coffee. You'll find that the biggest challenge is how to achieve consistency. Nevertheless, you may consider trying to concoct these blends to get the feel before seriously formulating your own blend.

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    Mocha-Java Blend
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    This classic combination is made of 1/3 Yemen Mocha and 2/3 Sumatra Mandheling, both roasted at full city. The blend results in a smooth, rich, full body coffee with deep cocoa flavor.
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    Kona-Columbian Blend
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    This gourmet coffee blend is a combination of the mild taste of Kona coffee and the rich body of Colombian Supremo. One cup gives you a taste of two different parts of the world.
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    Black and Tan
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    Combine equal proportions of dark-roasted and light-roasted Columbian coffee to bring out the qualities of the beans roasted at different levels.
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How to Create Your Own Blend Artistically

Creating your own blend is not anything different from how you vary the measurement of ingredients when you cook or brew your coffee. Don't be intimidated by the technical conversations on how to blend a variety with which one. The best thing to do is have fun and experiment until you've perfected a cup profile you can truly call your own.

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    Brew your base coffee in the manner you typically brew your everyday coffee
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    The base coffee accounts for most of the flavor. A good starting point is to measure the base at 50 percent to be enhanced by the complementary varieties you'll choose next.
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    Think about how you would like to improve the taste of your base coffee.
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    Choose a second complementary variety based on acidity or tang
    The complementary varietal must account for about 25 percent of the blend.
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    If you opt to be more daring, you can choose a flavored varietal to add more profile to your coffee
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    Keep the flavored varietal under 25 percent because beyond that, the flavor will overshadow the base and the complementary varietal.
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    Brew a cup of each coffee variety
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    Transfer them to a covered container to keep them hot.
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    After brewing all the coffee samples, start mixing one or two blends initially
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    Make a record of the measurements and ratios you used for each cup. Don't hesitate to vary the proportions and tweak the percentages depending on how your palette prefers it.
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    Make it a point to taste the blend every time the proportion is adjusted
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    When you become satisfied with a particular blend ratio, start the entire procedure and brew it using the formula you've recorded to see if the same qualities are retained
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    Blending two or more coffee varieties is a fine art of marrying coffee beans with beans of different origins to bring out the best qualities of each one
    Commercial roasters spend so much time on learning how coffees can be matched with one another to improve their individual flavor so that they produce distinctive tastes that are highly demanded in the coffee-drinking world. However, you don't have to be an expert coffee artisan to create your own blend. It is enough to have the passion for coffee and an adventurous spirit to experiment with home blending, and take coffee drinking to another level.
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  • Tips, Tricks and Warnings

    • Consider the time of day when you'll drink your coffee. If you plan to have it with or after dinner, use heavy Java for your base. On the other hand, if you want to use it to perk up at the start of the day, choose a smooth, creamy Brazilian for your coffee blend.
    • The more acidity there is in your coffee, the more you become spirited and lively. If you want to remain active during the day, try drinking a cup of Tarrazu from Costa Rica. For more subtlety, stay alert by drinking Sulawesi coffee.
    • Never expose the coffee beans to air. Store them in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place, and bring them out only when it's brewing time in order to maintain their freshness and to minimize spoilage.
    • Don't let your blended coffee sit for more than an hour. After that, it has already lost its freshly-brewed qualities. Instead, use it to make iced coffee or coffee smoothies.
    • Always clean your coffee equipment after use. Allowing coffee residue or steam stain in the equipment for long will promote bacteria growth and will also make your coffee bitter.
    • Do not reuse the coffee grounds several times. Only the muddy and bitter tastes are left once they have been brewed.
    • To make your homemade coffee blend more appetizing, learn how to make coffee art. Create images or geometric patterns on the coffee surface with foam or coffee crema, using the coffee stirrer or a similar device to etch your design.

    Questions and Answers

    Can I try to make coffee out of apples?

    Can other fruits be made into coffee, too?

    No, you cannot make coffee out of apples or other fruits. Coffee comes from the fruit of the Coffea plant genus, of which there are several varieties. The coffee plant produces fruits known as coffee cherries or berries which contain seeds. These fruits are processed to separate the flesh of the fruit from the seeds. The seeds are then roasted to produce the coffee beans that we use to make coffee.

    How to make my own signature coffee drink?

    I am having my final exam for my barista 101 next week, and our final exam is to make our own signature drink using the espresso as the base. I don't know what else should I add in order for me to pass my subject.

    Orange and vanilla shots pair great with an espresso. Try to signature a season or local flavoring such as chocolate strawberry espresso if you are in a region famous for strawberries.

    How to make my own coffee in jars?

    I'd like to be able to make my own coffee can you tell me the process. I have tried: I'm just starting so I haven't began the journey yet Do you mean the Cold Brew Method for coffee? To make a cold brew coffee you would mix two parts water to one part coffee grounds. Close the lid on the jar and stick it in the fridge and walk away. 12 hours later, remove the jar from the refrigerator and strain the liquid to remove the coffee grinds. You can either strain the coffee using a strainer over a bowl or put cheesecloth or even a sock over the lip of the jar to strain.

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    What are the less common types of coffee beans that I can use to make my own coffee blend?

    I want to make a signature coffee blend that it is truly different.. I have tried: I have tried buying commercial coffee blends. I don't want my personal coffee blend to taste like you can buy it from a store.

    Blends from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda are not as commercially used yet have phenomenal flavor. Go Coffee Go is a website that offers up rare beans and seasonal finds. Check them out and you can come up with your own unique blend soon.

    Greetings, my name is Frank and I'm the founder of the Navy Joe Coffee Company?

    Greetings, my name is Frank and I'm the founder of the Navy Joe Coffee Company.

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    I want to know the blend percentage of arabica and robusta coffee?

    I am using arabica and robusta blend coffee for my daily coffee drink. I will be pleased if you let me know the correct blend of arabica and robusta coffee

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