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Speciality coffee: quality scores explained

We pride ourselves on selling speciality coffee. That word ‘speciality’ is important to us. It means our coffee has been awarded with a Quality Score of 80 or above. But where does that Quality Score come from, and what does it tell you about what’s in your cup? As long-standing Pact customers will know, every coffee has its own unique personality. They’re tricky to compare, so the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) came up...

Which is the best coffee - arabica coffee or robusta coffee?

You’ve seen “100% Arabica!” emblazoned on packaging, but what does it actually mean? And what’s the alternative? Arabica and robusta are just two of over 100 coffee species - the most popular ones, as it happens. Robusta is more… well, robust - high in caffeine, it’s more resistant to crop disease and insect damage. It’s also easier, and faster, to grow. That’s where the benefits end. Arabica is tastier, and will sell for much much...

From coffee cherry to green bean

Once they’re harvested, the cherries are processed one of three ways. Even the savviest coffee lovers might not be aware that there are three different processing methods used to take coffee from the cherry that’s picked off the tree to the green bean that’s ready to be roasted. They are ‘washed’, ‘pulped natural’ and ‘natural’ and they can really alter the taste of a coffee you end up with. Here’s how: Washed coffees …Have clarity...