Café de Especialidad
Truely Great Coffee
"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.
Specialty coffee should not be confused with "gourmet" or "premium" coffee. The latter are marketing terms with no defined standards. According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), coffee which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale is graded "specialty." Specialty coffees are grown in special and ideal climates, and are distinctive because of their full cup taste and little to no defects. The unique flavors and tastes are a result of the special characteristics and composition of the soils in which they are produced.
The specialty segment is the most rapidly growing portion of the coffee industry. In the U.S., specialty coffee has increased its market share from 1% to 20% in the last 25 years.
To promote and self-regulate the industry, growers, exporters, roasters, retailers and equipment suppliers have established trade associations. These associations exist in both coffee-consuming and producing countries.
It is the name assigned to the process in which, the coffee cherry, after being harvested, it is placed directly on patios or in African beds to be dried for several days. This process allows it to naturally absorb the different flavours and aromas of the layers of the coffee cherry or fruit.
Es el nombre que se le asigna al proceso en el cuál, al fruto de café, luego de haber sido recolectado, es colocado directamente en patios o en camas africanas para ser secado al solo durante varios días. Este proceso permite, de forma natural, que el grano absorba sabores y aromas propios de las distintas capas del fruto.
Fair trade organizations create trading partnerships that are based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. These partnerships contribute to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to coffee bean farmers. Fair trade organizations are engaged actively in supporting producers and sustainable environmental farming practices. Fair trade practices prohibit child or forced labor.