I’ve been thinking about filter blends recently and what place they have in our end of the industry. The focus on single origins, micro lots, and not on blends would suggest that in a few years time the filter blend might be quite rare. I can’t decide how I feel about this, and whether I actually believe it could happen. Obviously at a basic consumer level, a blend will always be an attractive all rounder especially for the not so sure coffee buyer. However if we then consider how much we’re enjoying our single estate coffees and cup of excellence lots recently it would seem wholly unnecessary to want to twiddle with them in an attempt to create a blend. Do we feel a blend will better display a coffees character or is it more that in a blend it can play unique roll that perhaps no other coffee could fill. This talk could be borrowed from espresso blending literature yet I think filter is so different that it needs individual consideration. Does a blend have something to offer a single origin never will?
I remember loving two blends Intelligentsia had over the summer, the Summer Solctice and the Red Sea Blend. The Summer Solctice was particularly good and I remember especially loving the balance of profiles in the cup. It was one of the few coffees that I will always remember from that summer. So now I’m wondering have any of you ever tasted a coffee that worked better in a filter blend than by itself? Do the same rules of blending for espresso apply for filter?
I just don’t see myself buying many blends over single estate coffees and thus questioning the role they’ll play in time to come.