Specialty coffee

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Specialty coffee refers to the whole process from farmer to cup using single origin coffee. It refers to the way the coffee is roasted and how it is extracted. Specialty coffee was first used in 1974 by Erna Knutsen in an issue of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. Knutsen used this term to describe beans of the best flavor which are produced in special microclimates.

According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), coffee which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale is graded "specialty."

Speciality coffee is grown in three continents: The Americas (South and Central), Asia and Africa. Thanks to the largest number of coffee producing countries (17 in total) in any given continent, the Americas provides Brazil (considered to be the largest exporter of coffee in the world), Colombia and the likes of Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. Other countries across Central America include Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras.[1] Whilst many would expect a large number of Asian countries to be significant producers of coffee, it isn't actually widely produced across the continent and is commercially available from just six countries - Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, India, Yemen, Vietnam and Myanmar.[2] Somewhat surprising also, despite Africa's diverse topography and climate providing ideal conditions for coffee production, the continent actually produces less coffee than both Asia and the Americas separately. African countries which produce speciality coffee include Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.[3]

Associations in consuming countries[edit]

Associations in producing and consuming countries[edit]

  • ANACAFE's Guatemalan Cup of Excellence [12]
  • Specialty Coffee Association of Bolivia
  • Brazil Specialty Coffee Association[13]
  • Colombian Coffee Federation[14]
  • Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica[15]
  • East African Fine Coffees Association[16]
  • Itzalco Fine Coffee Association of El Salvador[17]
  • Specialty Coffee Association of India[18]
  • Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia[19]
  • Asociación de Cafés Especiales de Nicaragua
  • Association of Special Coffees of Panama[20]
  • Specialty Coffee Association of Southern Africa[21]
  • Asociación Mexicana de Cafés y Cafeterías de Especialidad A.C.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Coffee From The Americas". Gustatory.co. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Coffee From Asia". Gustatory.co. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Coffee From Africa". Gustatory.co. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Specialty Coffee Association of America". Scaa.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE)". Scae.com. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Specialty Coffee Association of Japan". Scaj.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  7. ^ "New Zealand Specialty Coffee Association". Nzcra.org.nz. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  8. ^ Singapore Coffee Association (SCA). "Singapore Coffee Association (SCA)". Singaporecoffee.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Australian Specialty Coffee Association". Aasca.com. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Specialty Coffee Association of Korea". scacoffee.kr. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. ^ Fraser, Kyle. "SCASA - Specialty Coffee Association of Southern Africa". scasa.co.za. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  12. ^ "http://www.anacafe.org/glifos/index.php?title=Categor%C3%ADa:Subasta-coe-2017". www.anacafe.org. Retrieved 2017-06-02. External link in |title= (help)
  13. ^ "BSCA - Brazil Specialty Coffee Association". Bsca.com.br. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Juan Valdez". Juanvaldez.com. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  15. ^ [1] Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "EAFCA". Eafca.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  17. ^ "What Is Specialty Coffee?". Coffeebeliever.com. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  18. ^ [2] Archived October 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "SCA-INDO". Sca-indo.org. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Panamaspecialtycoffee.com". Panamaspecialtycoffee.com. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  21. ^ Kyle Fraser. "SCASA - Specialty Coffee Association of Southern Africa". Scasa.co.za. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  22. ^ http://www.amcce.org.mx/