by Joseph Molloy August 07, 2023 4 min read
We started Rumble Coffee with the goal of creating accessible specialty coffee. We wanted to help coffee drinkers understand the story behind each coffee bean that goes into their daily cup.
Specialty coffee is an elevated version of your everyday cup. Think about a cup of the worst instant coffee and then compare it with the most amazing, mind-expanding, delicious brew you ever drank. The difference between those two (aside from the care and skill of preparation put into the beverage) comes down to the quality of the coffee beans used. Instant coffee uses commodity-grade beans, while small-batch, speciality roasters like Rumble only buy specialty coffee.
Specialty coffee is high-quality coffee beans, sourced from exceptional farms around the world, and roasted with care and precision to bring out their unique flavours and characteristics. Specialty coffee focuses on the entire process, from bean to cup, ensuring that each step is executed with the utmost attention to detail and sustainability.
Specialty coffee can be traced back to the late 20th century when a few passionate individuals in the industry recognized the potential of high-quality beans. They wanted to move away from the mass-produced, generic coffee that dominated the market and focus on the unique, diverse flavours that could be achieved by using superior beans and roasting techniques.
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) was founded in 1982 to create a global community dedicated to pursuing exceptional coffee. They set rigorous standards for coffee quality, which include grading beans based on their size, shape, and defects.
To be considered specialty coffee, beans must score at least 80 out of 100 points on the SCA’s grading scale.
This ensures that only the best coffee makes it to your cup.
When we talk about scoring coffee, we are talking about how a coffee bean is judged and assessed by trained professionals. This process is called cupping and is how our team evaluates our coffees before we buy them and how we come up with our tasting notes. There are more details on coffee cupping here.
Specialty coffee is anything that scores over 80 points. There is much debate around if this score is high enough or if it truly represents ‘good coffee’. We believe that any conversation about what makes great coffee needs to include the price paid to the grower and if they received a fair percentage of the final price. To encourage this, we are part of an international movement around transparency in coffee pricing and publish the prices we pay for all our coffee.
Specialty coffee offers a unique and elevated coffee experience that goes far beyond just caffeine. By exploring different single origins you can learn to appreciate the unique flavours of each country and region within them.
At Rumble Coffee Roasters, we’re committed to making coffee better by sourcing, roasting, and sharing the very best specialty coffee from around the world. We work to create unique, memorable coffee experiences for our customers, ensuring that every cup you enjoy is exceptional.
We have a range of fresh coffee roasted every day and shipped around Australia. Our espresso blends are the best thing for the home espresso enthusiast, while our filter roasts have a lighter touch for the Aeropress and Hario headsout there. From our coffee subscriptions to our office coffee options and wholesale for cafes, we have a premium quality product for every coffee drinker.
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