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At Origin Coffee Toronto

Frequently Asked Questions


What does specialty coffee mean?

The term “Specialty Coffee” was first used in 1974 by Erna Knutsen in an issue of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal.  Knutsen used this term to describe beans of the best flavor which are produced in special microclimates. Further more, coffee beans should have scores of 80 points or above on a 100 point scale according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) to be considered “specialty”. The unique flavors and tastes are a result of the special characteristics and composition of the soils in which they are produced.

As a matter of fact the definition is not limited/or related only to the coffee bean, basic fundamentals behind this definition imply that specialty coffee beans would always be well prepared, freshly roasted, and properly brewed.

What does "single origin" mean?

Single origin is when the Coffee Bean is from one growing region or farm and therefore not mixed or blended with any other region. The regions where coffee grows, known as ‘origin regions’, are grouped loosely under three geographical nameplates: the Americas, Africa and Arabia, and Indonesia. Within these regions, coffee grows in almost 80 different countries. The character and flavour a coffee bean produces vary with its growing latitude, altitude, climate and harvesting method. All coffee beans have an optimal roast: a point within the roasting process where the key coffee elements of aroma, body, acidity, and flavour meet perfectly, resulting in a most desirable, optimal roast.This focus on single origin coffee removes the luxury of blending a variety of beans to create a well-rounded cup of coffee therefore only allowing At Origin Coffee to buy the highest quality coffee available in order to satisfy the requirements of an amazing coffee bean. Our vision is to allow the coffee drinker the opportunity  to know the country through its coffee. Single origin beans are roasted  with a light hand to showcase their natural fruitiness.

Can I buy grinded coffee? 

Of course! By default we make our shipments as whole beans unless specifically mentioned otherwise in your order page. We can send your coffee grinded as well, just let us know!

Do you ship everywhere? 

At Origin is a mid-town microlot roastery with a boutique attention and specialty coffee focus, unfortunately we don't ship outside Canada. 

Shipment rate is calculated at check-out and added on. 

What’s your roasting frequency?

We roast once a week and the roasting date is stamped at the lower right corner of the bag. We suggest to wait 6 to 8 days for degassing before start using to obtain richer taste of the bean.  

We recommend grinding our coffee right before your brewing process. Please note that how you’ll brew along with other factors (grind size, water temperature) will drastically affect the taste of your coffee. Selecting the right brewing style (chemex, filter, etc..) is important for the best specialty coffee experience.

Can I pick-up my order?

Yes! You can pick up from our Midtown Toronto location, please click here for map directions.

How much do I pay for shipment?

Your shipment rate is automatically calculated at check out

We always ship fresh coffee and recommend giving 1 week for degassing after our roasting process, please check the roasting date and if it’s too young, give our coffee some time to get its best taste. Any questions? We’re glad to help, please reach out!

Do you accept returns?

Each one of our shipments is crafted with unique care and coffee is a perishable food product and we are unfortunately unable to accept returns or refunds - all sales are considered final. In case you have a problem with your delivered product, please let us know.

Do you have wholesale business?

Yes we do!  Do you have a restaurant, cafe or office? Want to buy in bulk? Please reach out by clicking here to discuss your needs.

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