You have already seen this term often: Specialty coffee. What exactly does this mean?
Specialty coffee is coffee of the highest quality, not comparable to standard supermarket coffee. Depending on the coffee bean, Specialty coffee is roasted a bit lighter than the coffee you are used to.
The concept: specialty coffee
Before a coffee bean can be called a specialty coffee bean, it must first undergo a process called the 'cupping process'. In this process, all aspects of the coffee beans in question are listed by, for example, tasting and smelling. This assessment is done by a specialty coffee expert. Based on established guidelines determined by the Specialty Coffee Association, a score is determined between 0 and 100. When the coffee bean has a score above 80, it may be called specialty coffee. The specialty coffee expert also determines the flavor profile of the coffee beans, which is also described for all our specialty coffee beans.
Curious how the entire cupping process works? Then read the article about assessing coffee beans!
Roasting specialty coffee
In the supermarket you often see terms such as 'dark roast' and 'extra dark roast'. These coffees are often roasted for an extra long time or at a higher temperature. This causes the coffee beans to burn, resulting in a bitter taste. Many people are used to this taste and associate it with 'strong' coffee. Although this does indeed give a strong, bitter taste, it does not detract from the rich flavor palette that many types of coffee beans have to offer.
In order to bring out all the flavors in the coffee beans, we choose to roast the coffee beans lighter. This ensures that all the flavors of the coffee come into their own and everyone can enjoy the rich taste palette that specialty coffee possesses. Specialty coffee, properly roasted, can offer a wider flavor profile than wine. We would like to let everyone experience this!
Are you curious about the score of our coffees, the roast or the taste profile? This is described under the specialty coffees, so take a look here!