To earn specialty coffee classification, beans must be of a certain quality & are scored according to that quality through a grading process conducted by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).
Coffee’s, which are scored 80 points or more on a 100 point scale in the SCAA score sheet, are classed as “Specialty”.
These coffee’s are different from the more commercial grade coffee due to a more rigorous & quality control process, The end result producing bean’s with more unique quality & distinctive flavours.
Here at Rocketfuel, in partnership with our independent brokers, we source our green beans from various locations around the globe & only use beans that are in the “Specialty” grade.
An advantage of purchasing Specialty grade beans either directly from the farm or through small co-operatives, is whereby the farmer is able to be supported financially, receiving a higher price of bean allowing us to contribute to the sustainability and development of the farm, its people and its infrastructure.
At Rocketfuel we purchase from direct trade partners or smaller co-operatives whenever possible to ensure ethical trading, sustainability and transparency.