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What is Speciality Coffee?
Speciality Coffee is the highest-grade of coffee known for its exceptional taste and quality. It's made from the finest speciality coffee beans, carefully grown in ideal conditions. The Speciality Coffee Association requires a coffee beans score of 80% and above to pass as specialty coffee.
Speciality coffee is not just a beverage; it's a journey into exquisite flavours and quality. It represents the pinnacle of coffee production, from the finest speciality grade coffee beans to the meticulous brewing processes that bring out their unique characteristics. At our company, founded by James Bellis, we've crafted a collection of speciality coffees with an incredible diversity of flavours in mind.
Here's what makes speciality coffee stand out:
- High-Quality Beans: Speciality coffee uses the best beans, often called speciality grade coffee beans. These beans are grown in special places, high up, where they get the perfect mix of sun and rain, making the coffee taste amazing.
- Eco-Friendly and Fair: Farmers grow this coffee in good ways for our planet. This approach is especially important in the speciality coffee UK market. They also ensure that the coffee growers are treated well and paid fairly.
- Expert Processing: Turning these beans into speciality coffee is a careful process. It keeps all the wonderful flavours in the beans. When you buy speciality coffee UK, you get a product made with great care.
- Perfect Roasting and Brewing: Roasting is key to bringing out the best in speciality coffee beans. It's an art to get it just right. Brewing speciality coffee also needs special attention to ensure it tastes perfect.
- Delicious Flavours: Speciality coffee has a range of flavours, from fruity and floral to nutty and chocolaty. It's what makes speciality coffees so exciting to try. Each cup is an adventure in taste.
- Traceable Origins: With speciality coffee, you often know exactly where it comes from, like a specific farm. This traceability is a big deal in the speciality coffee online market.
- More Than a Drink: Drinking speciality coffee is about enjoying the story behind the cup. It's about understanding where it comes from and appreciating the effort that goes into making it. When you buy coffee, especially a special coffee like this, it's an experience.
Why Choose Our Speciality Coffee Beans?
Each of our coffees is unique, packed with delicious flavours from across the world, and they all have one thing in common: uncompromised quality. We adhere to strict guidelines when selecting the best coffee beans in the UK, ensuring each batch meets our high standards. Our rigorous quality assurance process checks for quality, texture, flavour, and aroma, guaranteeing a naturally clean and healthy coffee.
Health and Quality at the Forefront
We understand the importance of health in your coffee choice. Working with only the top 5% of coffee farms worldwide ensures our coffee is free from mould, mycotoxins, and pesticides. This commitment to quality means investing 25% more in raw coffee beans than other companies, ensuring that coffee farmers can reinvest in the best farming techniques. This approach supports sustainable practices and ensures the coffee is picked at its peak ripeness using the best processing methods.
Award-Winning Speciality Coffee Delivered to Your Door
Our dedication to quality has earned us accolades such as ‘Best Speciality Coffee Company’ by SME London and 'Best Healthy Coffee' by The Independent. Look no further if you're searching for 'speciality coffee near me'. We offer UK-wide shipping, delivering the best speciality coffee directly to your door.
Learn More and Get Equipped
Are you Interested in learning more about what makes our coffee so premium? Visit our blog on organic coffee and read our research study on healthy coffee science. And if you've got the coffee but need the gear, check out our range of coffee equipment, coffee bean grinders, brewing equipment, and coffee gifts. For any questions, view our coffee FAQs below.
Your New Favourite Speciality Coffee Awaits
Choose from our range of healthy coffee origins today and discover your new favourite speciality coffee online. With Balance Speciality Coffee, you're not just buying coffee; you're experiencing the best speciality coffee, crafted with care and expertise. Whether you're a coffee lover or new to speciality coffees, we're here to bring you only the best.
The good news is yes! There are many studies available that demonstrate the positive impact of coffee on your health, particuarly when it comes to antioxidants which are disease fighting.
Read our blog to learn more about health benefits to coffee.
Balance coffee is absolutely fair trade (as every product should be).While some of the coffee that we use may not always be “certified” organic, many of the coffee farms we buy from are in fact organic but cannot afford to pay for the certification.In fact, we pay a higher price than most to help support farmers’ livelihoods whilst incentivising them to re-invest in order to create a more sustainable supply of coffee for the future.
At Balance, we’re fresher than fresh.
All Balance Coffees bags are sealed with a heat seal immediately after we bag the coffee just 24-48h after roasting.
Due to our quality packaging and fast delivery, your coffee will arrive as fresh as the day it was roasted.
At Balance Coffee we predominantly roast a medium profile for the majority of coffees apart from our single origins which are generally a touch lighter.
Professional Cuppers have described our coffee as “balanced, with a very clean flavour.
Our coffees all score above 80 points, which means the coffee you sip is not only 100% ethically sourced and sustainable, but also extremely rare – not everyone can get their hands on it.
Yes – they are regularly tested at origin during the processing process.
The farmers take pride in the picking and sorting process to ensure no bad beans are selected.
Yes! Balance Coffee Decaf is called Halcyon and it’s super tasty.
If you don’t know already speciality coffee beans are the way to go.
Ground coffee works well, but you’ll really taste the difference with wholebean coffee by grinding your coffee fresh using a coffee bean grinder.
We source coffees from so many countries across the globe however, predominantly these coffees are sourced from the common coffee growing regions, otherwise known as the coffee belt.
Examples include Africa, Asia, South and Central America.
We have a great relationship with our farmers and co-ops, and are confident they meet all of our selection criteria for the highest quality green coffee beans.
Specialty coffee is the term used to describe the highest possible grade of coffee available.
Exceptional standards of sourcing, processing and brewing produces the most noticable results in terms of flavour.
The speciality coffee grading method is also known as the ‘’Brazilian Cupping Method’’. This means all coffee is graded on a scale of 0-100, 100 being the highest. And guess where specialty coffee lies on the scale?
Any coffee scoring a whopping point of 80 or above gets official classification.
Here's a more detailed definition and guide to specialty grade coffee.
The distinction between the two terms are quite significant.
Commodity coffee is grown for mass production and uses harmful chemicals like pesticides to increase production capacity. Studies show this to be harmful for human consumption.
Organic coffee and speciality grade remain the safest coffee grades for your health.
Currently we are only shipping within the UK & Ireland.
We hope to soon expand internationally.
We use Royal Mail to deliver coffee to your door.
Standard delivery is 48 hours and Express delivery within 24 hours.
Delivery details will be provided in your confirmation email.