What is Specialty Coffee?

What is Specialty Coffee?

Specialty Coffee is a term used to describe a high-quality, artisanal, carefully selected and roasted coffee that is distinguished by its unique flavors and aromas. They must also be graded and achieve cup scores above 80 on a scale ranging from 0 to 100.

One of the key factors that sets Specialty Coffee apart is the attention to detail that goes into planting, bean selection, processing and roasting. Specialty Coffee's beans are carefully selected and often hand-picked to ensure the highest quality. The beans are then roasted using precise techniques to bring out their unique flavors and aromas, and are often roasted at a medium or light level to preserve the subtle flavors of the beans.

In terms of aromas and flavors, Specialty Coffee often features unique and complex notes such as fruit, chocolate, nuts, and spices. Just as in the premium wine industry, these notes are the result of the specific terroir, the growing conditions of the plant, and the process involved in obtaining the final product.

Another aspect that sets Specialty Coffee apart is its focus on sustainability and ethical production. The entire supply chain is often evaluated with economic, social and environmental sustainability in mind. This helps support high-quality products and the long-term sustainability of the coffee industry.

Overall, Specialty Coffee is a growing trend that is bringing innovation and quality to the coffee industry. Its focus on sustainability, ethical sourcing, and unique flavors makes it an attractive option for those who value quality and want to support the growth of the Specialty Coffee industry.

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