What is Specialty Coffee?
There are two types of Arabica coffee: Commodity & Specialty.
When coffee is harvested it is given a grade. Lower grade coffee is considered commodity coffee and that's the majority of what you'll find on your grocery store shelves and in your diners, fast food restaurants, and gas stations. It's coffee that's often ground and brewed without concern for consistent grind, extraction quality, or taste in general. But we at Stirling Roastery don't drink coffee for a caffeine fix (although that's definitely a great perk!). We drink coffee that tastes good because life is way too short to endure burnt or stale coffee from the forgotten pot at the five and dime.
Specialty grade coffee is generally free from defects in the beans and meets cup quality standards as laid out by the Specialty Coffee Association. These are beans graded at 80 and above. If you want more information on how coffees are graded, let us know!