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What is speciality coffee?

Coffee Guides & Information

What does 'speciality' coffee mean?

Only coffee that meets strict & particular criteria can be deemed as speciality. This includes having a cup score of 80 and above (out of 100), with no physical defects or faults. At Quarter Horse Coffee, we only source coffee scoring 84 and above.

Coffee is graded by what's known as cupping. Coffees are blind tasted side by side for direct comparison in order to distinguish their flavour notes, mouthfeel, and to detect any possible hidden defects or negative attributes.

Coffee Origins
Where coffee is grown.

Coffee – not only speciality – grows all around the globe in what's known as the 'Coffee Belt'. This is the space between the Tropics where conditions are most favourable for the coffee plant.

Types of Coffee Processing...

Natural Process

Natural processing is a traditional method to remove the seeds (beans) from the coffee cherry by leaving the cherries to dry and naturally ferment in the full sun. These typically result in vibrant and fruity flavour profiles.

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Washed Process

One of the most common processes is washed; where to fleshly fruit is removed using water, and the beans are then left to dry on drying beds. Washed profiles tend to lean towards a cleaner cup with lots of clarity.

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Honey Process

Honey processed coffee can be seen as a mixture of the two previous methods, where some of the fruit is removed and the beans are dried with the musilage still in tact around the seeds (beans).

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There are other special & experimental processes which do not fit in to the three main categories above. Examples of these include Lactic Washed, Anaerobic Fermentation and Red Honey to mention a few. Use the link below to see any available coffees with unique process methods.

Coffee Brew Guides

Espresso

A simple set of steps and guide to make the most out of your espresso machine at home.

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Moka Pot Brew Guide - Stove Top Coffee

Moka Pot

Learn how to make great coffee on this traditional method of brewing on the stove.

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AeroPress Brew Guide

AeroPress

Learn how to use the most versatile brewing method out there! Ideal for travelling and coffee on the go.

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V60 Brew Guide - Kalita Wave Brew Guide

Kalita Wave

Learn how to master this elegant and simple flatbed brewer for high quality and consistent results!

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V60

Difficult to master, but very rewarding! Experimenting with the V60 can lead to amazing and complex coffees.

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French Press Brew Guide - Cafetiere Coffee

Cafetière

This brewer rarely disappoints. Simple in its approach, the French Press is a favourite in so many households.

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Water Temperature Guide

Whether it’s v60, aeropress or cafetiere, having the right brew temperature can make all the difference. 

Though not essential, they are in-expensive and can be useful tools for refining your brew. Guide posts for brewing are no lower than 87°C, but no higher than 95°C.

Once your kettle has boiled, pop the lid open and set a 2 minute timer. This should be enough time for the water to cool off enough to begin pouring. Careful not to overfill the kettle; the more water in the, the longer it will take to cool off.

Pour the boiling water into another vessel. If you’re using a swan neck kettle, the water will lose some heat as you pour it from your regular kettle.

If it’s still too hot, agitating the water can help it cool off quicker.

Storing your coffee beans.

We recommend keeping your coffee in the same packaging it arrived in - sealing shut after every use. If you're looking to store your beans elsewhere, be sure to use an airtight containers - preferably opaque as to avoid sunlight.

Freshly grinding before every brew.

The best tip we can give to any enthusiastic home brewer is to invest in a quality grinder! The key to brewing great tasting coffee is to freshly grind before every brew. Not only will it taste better, but your coffee will stay fresh for much longer as whole beans!