Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a coffee "specialty"?
Specialty coffee refers to coffee that scores 80 or above on a 100-point scale, according to the Specialty Coffee Association's (SCA) coffee grading system. This high-quality coffee is generally grown at high altitudes, has a distinct flavor profile, and is often sourced directly from the farmer.
What are the best beans for pour over coffee?
The best beans for pour over coffee will depend on your personal taste preferences. Some people prefer a light, fruity flavor profile, while others prefer a darker, more robust flavor. Experiment with different beans and roasts to find the one that you like best.
How do I brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee at home?
There are many different methods for brewing specialty coffee at home, but some popular options include pour over, French press, and drip brewing. It's important to use fresh, high-quality beans and clean, filtered water, and to follow the specific brewing instructions for your chosen method.
What are the differences between single origin and blend coffee?
Single origin coffee is made from beans that are sourced from a specific region or farm. It tends to have a distinct flavor profile that is specific to that region. Blend coffee, on the other hand, is made from beans sourced from multiple regions and is often designed to achieve a specific flavor profile.
How do I taste and evaluate specialty coffee like a pro?
Tasting and evaluating specialty coffee involves a process called cupping, which involves evaluating the aroma, flavor, acidity, body, and aftertaste of the coffee. It's important to use a consistent method and to be objective in your assessment.
How does the roast level affect the flavor of specialty coffee?The roast level of coffee beans can significantly impact their flavor. Light roasts tend to have a more delicate flavor profile, while dark roasts have a more intense, bold flavor. The roast level can also affect the acidity and body of the coffee.
What is the ideal water temperature for brewing specialty coffee?
The ideal water temperature for brewing specialty coffee is between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. Water that is too cold will not extract enough flavor from the beans, while water that is too hot will scorch the beans and produce a bitter taste.
How do I store specialty coffee beans to preserve their freshness?
Specialty coffee beans should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature and away from light, heat, and moisture. It's best to use the beans within a week or two of purchasing to ensure the best flavor.