SCA Cupping Score
The SCA cupping score is how the coffee industry rates a given coffee. Coffees are assessed and scored between 1 and 100 based on 10 different principles of fragrance/aroma, flavour, aftertaste, acidity, body, uniformity, balance, cleanliness of cup, sweetness & an overall score. Specialty coffee is any coffee that scores 80 points or above, with anything above 95 being exceedingly special.
For us to call ourselves a specialty coffee roaster we only source coffees over 80 points and usually source coffees between 84 and 88 points. Coffees in this range are exceptional - this range is within the top 5% of coffees produced in the world!
Something to keep in mind is that if a coffee scores 82, it's still going to be fantastic - so don't discount it based on its score. When you get into the 90's you'll be tasting some truly special coffees, but you'll certainly be paying for it with many 90+ coffees easily costing over £100/kg.