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What is specialty coffee?

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We like coffee. Really good coffee.

That's why we pride ourselves as a specialty coffee brand, from our blends to our single-origin offerings.

Consumers are now looking for better coffee quality, better processes and more sustainable practices – it's no surprise that more and more people are swapping their supermarket coffee for specialty products.

What sets specialty coffee apart from the rest?

Technically speaking, coffee can only be specialty if it grades above a certain score. This grading process is called "cupping", where coffees are scored for things such as cleanness, sweetness, acidity, mouthfeel and aftertaste. According to the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), specialty coffee is Arabica coffee with a cup score of 80+ points.

The score a coffee gets is just the beginning of what makes it "specialty", the other important part being customer service.

“Drinking a specialty coffee that has been produced in the right way is the basis of a great experience.”

The other side of specialty coffee is making the people who drink it feel special (that's you!) and delivering an amazing customer experience. A huge part of this is sharing where the coffee comes from, highlighting why it's distinctive and basically making the all-round experience better.

For us at Alpaca Coffee, that experience also means making sure our customers can enjoy coffee that's planet-friendly, meaning we take not only the coffee itself seriously, but also our packaging and environmental commitments. Because Earth is nice.

Take a look at our range and be part of the specialty coffee movement now.

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