It's not everyone who gets to enjoy their own custom, personal coffee blend—Well, actually, it is.
There are so many pre-made coffee blends on the market—but have you ever thought about making your own custom coffee blend at home?
Making your own personal coffee blend is easier than you might think, and it’s a great way to get exactly the flavors you want in your cup of coffee.
See, when you create your own custom coffee blend, you get to choose exactly what goes into it. And that means you can make it exactly the way you like it.
Ready? Let’s get blending!
How to Get Started
The first step to making your own custom coffee blend is to simply find a couple of single-origin coffees that you already enjoy. (Personally? I recommend starting off with a single-origin light roast and a single-origin dark roast that you like.)
Now, some people only like certain types of roasts—but now's the time to be adventurous! Besides, once you've created your personal blend, you might end up being able to appreciate the flavors in the roast you thought you wouldn't like.
Why use single-origins instead of blends in your blend? Well, there's nothing stopping you from using an existing blend in your blend—but the flavors can get a bit busy (and blurred) that way.
Think of it like ingredients in a recipe: it's easier to savor the flavors of each individual ingredient when there are fewer of them overall. If you have too many flavors going on—even if they're delicious on their own—it can be hard to notice any one in particular.
It's the same reason that blending say, chocolate and peppermint, or peanut butter and raspberry preserves result in deliciousness—but you wouldn't necessarily want to put all 4 in a blender any time soon.
Experiment with Blend Ratios
Once you've chosen two single-origins to use, experiment with different ratios until you find a blend that you love.
Try two parts light roast and one part dark roast as an experiment to start.
If you know that you're not keen on dark roasts, for example, you can use a 60/40 light roast to dark roast ratio, or even 70/30.
As I alluded to earlier, creating your own custom blend can be a great way to ease into appreciating a type of roast you don't normally enjoy—like gently easing into the warm part of a cold water spring, instead of just jumping in. (Not a relatable enough scenario? Sorry, I just got back from Deep Eddy.)
Remember, there's no exact science to this—it's all about finding a personal blend that you like. So have fun with it!
Tips for Making the Best Coffee Blend
Here are some further tips to help you along the way:
Avoid using flavored coffee beans, but if you do—use them sparingly. Preferably, don't use a flavored coffee for one of the coffees in your blend. But if it's your absolute favorite—and you must—just remember that a little flavored coffee goes a long way. You don't want to cover up the subtler flavors of the other coffee in your blend.
Aim for a higher ratio of coffee to water. If you're having trouble tasting all the subtleties of your custom coffee blend, use more coffee and less water. This will make the flavors from the coffee beans more concentrated, and easier to appreciate.
Two is company... three's company, too. Once you've created at least one blend you like with two coffees, you can experiment with adding a third coffee to the mix. But go slowly—adding just one more coffee bean to the blend can change the flavor profile quite a bit!
In the end, the best way to find a custom coffee blend you love is to experiment, experiment, experiment!
Here at Meadow Ridge, we carry a huge selection of teas and coffees—including pre-made blends, as well as single origins that are perfect for blending! Click here to explore all of our coffees—and discover your new favorite today!