If given the option between specialty coffee and commercial coffee, most people would likely pick specialty coffee, simply because there is a unique quality about the word “specialty.” And that’s just it: It’s all about quality. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), specialty coffee “refers to the highest quality green coffee beans roasted to their greatest flavor potential by true craftspeople and then properly brewed to well-established SCAA developed standards.”
The quality of the coffee in your mug all begins with the harvest of the coffee bean. Workers on specialty coffee farms are instructed to only pick the red, ripe cherries. It is extremely important to only pick the ripe cherries, as an underdeveloped or overdeveloped coffee cherry can give the final product that unwanted sour or bitter taste. After the cherries are painstakingly and carefully harvested, they are run through a wet mill and dried to the optimal humidity level, where coffee producers sort through the parchment beans. The parchment beans with visible defects are put aside to be sold as commercial coffee. From there, the parchment beans are hulled and are on the last stage before roasting: green. But before that can happen, another quality check is done to ensure that the beans meet SCAA standards, because the parchment, like pulp, can hide defects.
Up to this point, the beans are ready to be roasted, and quality is checked again and again up to the point where the beautiful aroma of specialty coffee hits your nose and puts a smile on your face. Just remember the next time you enjoy your specialty coffee - it’s not just the beans that make it special, it’s all of the people involved who have poured their love and care into bringing you the perfect cup of coffee.
Here at BeanPlus, we believe that every coffee drinker deserves the best possible cup of coffee, and we are so happy to be a part of a that movement. We only partner up with people who match our excellent standards to produce high quality coffee, just for you. Stay tuned for future updates and more coffee knowledge, and enjoy the specialty coffee you deserve!