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 – 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...
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
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!