How Is Specialty Coffee Graded?

Countries like Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Kenya, that have the perfect altitude, and the right time of the year for these beans to grow in good soil with care, harvested and sold to coffee traders and roasters at a premium.

Coffea Arabica is a dominant cultivar coffee species with a 60% global production that is graded as specialty coffee.

Because of the attention and care that specialty coffee requires, coffee traders and roasters buy them at a premium directly from the growers.

There is no universal coffee grading system. Each country exports different varieties of beans and can grade them as desired.

However, some aspects of coffee bean grading that are similar no matter where the beans are grown are such as the altitude from their growing region, the region itself, the manner in which they were prepared, and their shape or color, the botanical variety of the plant that produced the beans.

Coffee that has scored over 80 points is referred to as specialty coffee by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

Specialty Coffee- The Q Grade Score Sheet

Score      |     Grade            |       Specialty Yes/No
90-100          Outstanding           Yes
85- 89.99      Excellent                Yes
80- 84.99      Very Good              Yes
Below 80       No Grading            No


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