Have you ever thought... What is So Special About Specialty Coffee?

by Usamah Faheem on Jun 14, 2024

Have you ever thought... What is So Special About Specialty Coffee? - Rise & Grind Roastery

What is So Special About Specialty Coffee?

Coffee is more than just a morning ritual; it's a global culture, a social lubricant, and for many, an essential part of daily life. But not all coffee is created equal. Enter specialty coffee—a term that has been gaining traction among coffee aficionados and casual drinkers alike. If you're in Glasgow or anywhere else in the world, understanding what makes specialty coffee so special can elevate your coffee experience to new heights.

What is Specialty Coffee?

Specialty coffee refers to the highest quality of coffee available, typically scoring 80 points or above on a 100-point scale by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). This grading system evaluates various factors such as aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, balance, and overall impression. The journey of specialty coffee from farm to cup involves meticulous attention to detail at every stage—growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, and brewing.


Coffee flavour tasting wheel

The Journey from Farm to Cup

Growing and Harvesting

The journey of specialty coffee begins at high-altitude farms where the climate conditions are ideal for growing premium Arabica beans. These farms often employ sustainable farming practices that not only produce better-tasting beans but also benefit the environment and local communities.


Once harvested, the beans undergo careful processing methods such as washed (wet) or natural (dry) processes. Each method impacts the final flavor profile of the coffee. For instance, washed coffees tend to have cleaner flavors with brighter acidity while natural processed coffees often exhibit fruity and complex notes.


Roasting is both an art and a science. Specialty roasters in Glasgow and beyond meticulously profile each batch to bring out unique flavors inherent in the beans. Unlike commercial roasters who aim for consistency by roasting large batches uniformly, specialty roasters focus on small batches to ensure each bean reaches its full potential.


Finally comes brewing—perhaps the most personal part of this journey. Whether you prefer pour-over methods like V60 or Chemex or opt for espresso-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, how you brew your specialty coffee can significantly impact its taste.


Why Choose Specialty Coffee?

Superior Quality

The most obvious reason to choose specialty coffee is its superior quality. From bean selection to roasting techniques and brewing methods—all aspects are designed to deliver an exceptional cup of coffee that stands head and shoulders above regular commercial blends.

Ethical Sourcing

Specialty coffee often comes with a commitment to ethical sourcing practices. Many specialty roasters establish direct trade relationships with farmers ensuring fair wages and better working conditions. This ethical approach not only supports farmers but also promotes sustainable farming practices.

Unique Flavor Profiles

One of the most exciting aspects of specialty coffee is its diverse range of flavor profiles—from fruity Ethiopian Yirgacheffe to chocolatey Colombian Huila—each cup offers a unique tasting experience that reflects its origin's terroir.

Community Engagement

In cities like Glasgow where café culture thrives; specialty cafes serve as community hubs fostering social connections over shared love for good-quality brews. These cafes often host events like cupping sessions or barista workshops educating consumers about different aspects related to their favorite beverage.

Explore Our Range of Speciality Coffees

Choose from:

  • Colombia 
  • Guatemala
  • Uganda
  • Brazil
  • Ethiopia

All Freshly roasted in our coffee roastery located in Paisley & delivered across Glasgow & the rest of the UK


Speciality Coffee Beans Glasgow


Elevate Your Daily Brew

Switching over from regular commercial blends to speciality coffees might seem daunting at first but once you experience thedifference there’s no going back!

Not only will you enjoy superior quality, ethical sourcing practices & unique flavour profiles but also become part of a vibrant community passionate about their brews!

So next time find yourself craving a caffeine fix why not seek out one of the many fantastic speciality cafes scattered across the beautiful city of Glasgow? Trust us—you won’t regret it!

By embracing the world of speciality coffees you are not only elevating your own daily brew but also supporting sustainable farming practices, ethical trade relationships & ultimately contributing to a positive change within the global industry!