What is Specialty Coffee?

What is Specialty Coffee?

Did you know that all of our coffee is considered what is known as “Specialty coffee?!” But what does that mean??

Specialty coffee is a term used to describe high-quality coffee that is produced, processed, and roasted with a focus on preserving and highlighting the unique flavors and characteristics of the coffee beans. Specialty coffee is not just a type of coffee, but a culture and a movement that has gained momentum over the past few decades.

What makes specialty coffee different from regular coffee?

Specialty coffee is produced from carefully selected, high-quality coffee beans that have been grown in ideal conditions, harvested at peak ripeness, and processed with care. The focus is on preserving the unique flavors and characteristics of the coffee beans, rather than just producing a large quantity of coffee.

Specialty coffee beans are usually single-origin, meaning they come from a specific region or farm, rather than being a blend of beans from multiple locations. This allows for a more specific and nuanced flavor profile. Specialty coffee roasters also pay close attention to the roasting process, ensuring that the beans are roasted to the right level to bring out the best flavor.

Why is specialty coffee important?

Specialty coffee is important for several reasons. First, it offers consumers a higher quality product that is more flavorful and nuanced than regular coffee. Second, it supports small, independent coffee growers and roasters who are passionate about producing great coffee. By buying specialty coffee, consumers are supporting these small businesses and helping to ensure their continued success. 

Specialty coffee also offers a more sustainable option for coffee production. Specialty coffee growers and roasters often prioritize sustainable and ethical practices, such as using organic and fair trade coffee beans, minimizing waste, and supporting local communities.

How can you enjoy specialty coffee?

To fully appreciate the flavors and characteristics of specialty coffee, it's important to brew it correctly. Here are some tips for brewing the perfect cup of specialty coffee:

  1. Use high-quality, fresh beans: Specialty coffee beans have a limited shelf life, so it's important to use beans that are as fresh as possible.

  2. Grind your beans just before brewing: Grind the beans just before brewing to ensure maximum freshness and flavor.

  3. Use the right water temperature: Water temperature can affect the flavor of the coffee. For most brewing methods, the ideal water temperature is between 195°F and 205°F.

  4. Use the right ratio of coffee to water: The ideal ratio of coffee to water depends on the brewing method. A general guideline is 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water.

  5. Brew for the right amount of time: The brewing time also depends on the brewing method. Generally, coffee should be brewed for 3-4 minutes, but this can vary depending on the method.

Specialty coffee is more than just a type of coffee. It's a culture and a movement that is focused on producing high-quality, sustainable, and ethically-sourced coffee. By using our beans and brewing your coffee correctly, you can fully appreciate the unique flavors and characteristics of specialty coffee. 



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