February 7, 2007 - Thanks to researchers at CIRAD at the University of Campinas, Brazil we're now closer at fully understanding what exactly makes a coffee "specialty".
Cupping is perhaps one of the most important skill anyone can develop within the coffee industry. Initially developed by green coffee buyer, "cupping" provides a consistent methodology for evaluating a coffee's quality before determining a price on a lot. In much the same way that a wine connoisseur would evaluate a fine Cabernet, cuppers must use a strict set of tasting protocols to assess quality.
Everyday millions of people around the world begin their day religiously with a morning cup of coffee. Though today we easily identify coffee in its beverage form, it wasn't always this way in the beginning.
For those specializing in the sale of decaffeinated coffee know that within certain circles of the specialty coffee world, it's almost taboo to mention this subject. But we believe that this market holds significant growth as baby boomers enter more in advanced years. Read our July 2009 "Updates in the Decaf Market" which was recently picked up by Entrepreneur Magazine discussing the outlook of this market.
Before we can fully appreciate a finely brewed cup of coffee, we must take the laborious task of extracting important flavoring materials locked within the bean. The easiest way to do this of course, would be to place the entire set of beans in hot water and agitate - eventually after much time the flavoring material would extract into solution, but this method would soon prove impractical.