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What Specialty Coffee is?

The differences between Specialty Coffee and Traditional Coffee

What Specialty Coffee is?

Coffee lovers are always in search of the perfect coffee! But how to find the perfect coffee after all?

It is necessary to be clear about the differences between specialty and traditional coffee. For the classification as a Special, the Sensory Evaluation Methodology of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is used worldwide. If the objective is to be special, a coffee must score at least 80 points, according to some criteria:

The coffee needs to be of high quality, pratically perfect. For this reason, it receives attention during its entire production process, from planting to grinding, roasting and transportation. Everything must follow the established standarts:

Absence of defects


Aroma and body

Taste=Sweetness and acidity

Harmony and finishing 

Final evaluation

This category also includes Organic and Fairtrade Coffees which means, those that incorporate social and environmental responsibility in their production process.

To know if a coffee is really special, we must first analyze where it comes from. If the region of production is recognized for its quality.

The state of Minas Gerais in Brazil is where the best coffees are grown.

The essential factor for a coffee to be classified as special is its quality, as the SCA criteria determine. But how do you know that a coffee has reached this quality? First, make sure that the beans are 100% Arabica. This is because they require much more care during cultivation and therefore have higher quality.

On the other hand,Traditional coffee usually uses blends of Arabica and Robusta beans. The latter is faster growing and does not require as much care. For this reason, it is cheaper and more widely used in regular coffees. So, if you want a quality coffee, balanced, with rich aromas and flavors, make sure you choose 100% Arabica.

If you don’t want to make a mistake when buying specialty coffee, choose Café Santa Helena a specialty coffee! The production process is controlled and very careful, resulting in a tasty beverage. Single Origin, Organic and Fairtrade Microlotes this coffee have very different flavors and aromas, ensuring an incredible tasting experience.

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