What is Specialty Coffee?

A question that we get asked often is, “What is specialty coffee?” Believe it or not, there is an actual formula for figuring out whether a coffee has received the “specialty” tag.

Standards for specialty coffee are considered based on the green coffee, cupping, roasting, water, and even brewing. Specialty coffee should not be confused with “gourmet” or “premium” coffee. The latter are marketing terms with no defined standards. However, coffee that scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale by meeting various specific standards is graded “specialty.”

Therefore, if a coffee has received “specialty” status, then it has undergone various tests and evaluations to receive esteemed credentials. All of our coffees are specialty grade & roasted to perfection, so you can be sure that each time you order from Well-Bean Coffee, every cup that you brew with our specialty beans will make a perfect cup of coffee.

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    Green Coffee Standards

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    Cupping Standards

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    Brewing Standards

What does “Small-Batch Coffee” mean?

Many coffee companies roast coffee in large batches that can exceed 100 lbs. In amounts this large, it can be tough to ensure the consistent roast of each bean and can negatively effect the coffee flavor profile & batch consistency. By contrast, our coffee is “small-batch roasted” to order, no more than 18 pounds at a time, ensuring that wonderful Well-Bean flavor in every cup. In addition to our small-batch guarantee, our coffee is delivered locally to you no later than two days after roasting, which means any time you order coffee from Well-Bean, you are guaranteed the highest quality bean, roasted to perfection & delivered fresh to your door. Enjoy!