COMMON COFFEE QUESTIONS

How to Use this Page

This page is for Common Coffee Questions and Answers.  It has A LOT of information so we’ve a Table of Contents to make it quick and convenient to use.  Just click on the questions and it’ll bring you right to the answers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Questions & Answers

ALL ABOUT COFFEE

This page is dedicated to all Questions about Coffee.  'Why this' and 'Why that'.   The more questions YOU ask, the richer we'll all be with information - so PLEASE feel free to ask anything in the comments box below.

If you disagree, then we'll talk about that too.  I'm not too proud to admit when I'm wrong and I'm always eager to learn something new - even if I don't apply it.

I started out knowing nothing more than the basics:

hot water + coffee + sugar + milk = energy

Over time, I learned more and more from experience and I'd like to share this with YOU.  The answers you'll get here are honest.  I'm pragmatic and self-taught.  I don't use rare ingredients from the Himalayas or equipment only found at the ITER Tokamak Fusion Reactor. 

So once again, don't be shy, throw your questions in the comment box below and we'll tackle them one at a time.

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QUESTION

What qualifies coffee as "Specialty Coffee"? What is Speciality Coffee?

Speciality Coffee is a classification for a level of Coffee and to qualify as Specialty Coffee, it has to score at or above 80 out of 100. The Grading is a whole process where the coffee is "cupped" and a number of components / criteria get scored between 1 and 10, afterwards all the component scores are added up.



If you're curious, a list of the Coffee Grading Components can be found on the Specialty Coffee Association's (SCA) website.  It's fairly long and descriptive, but the final result can score a coffee as high as 100.



Just like most things in this world, we use numbers to describe them some way or another.  When a coffee is Graded, the beans are checked for Defects, Size, Consistency, Flavor, etc. If a Bean qualifies as Specialty Garde Coffee and reaches a score of 80 or above - you can be sure to have a solid cup.



This doesn't mean that ONLY this grade of coffee is good.  It just means that's taken a test and passed with a high score. It's up to YOU to decide if the Coffee is good.



A while back, I wrote a short blog post about the Coffee Flavor Wheel.  While you might not be "grading" the coffee, it's fun to try to find the flavor of your cup on the wheel.



So this is what is considered Specialty Coffee.