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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Learn about these brewing methods and more in our free coffee brewing course.
OCM was started in 2007, focusing first on coffee machines, then marketing for coffee and food and beverage companies. Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
OCM has also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of the modules are running in the Singapore Skillsfuture Classes in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes.
Some of our Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
For the readers (coffee lovers), we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).
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