Specialty coffee refers to the whole process: from farmer to cup, specialty coffees are made from a single origin coffee. This style was first used in 1974 by Erna Knutsen in an issue of Tea and Coffee Trade Journal. Knutsen used the term to describe beans of the best flavor, which are produced in special microclimates.
However, specialty coffee doesn’t just focus on the origin: it also has a strong emphasis on quality. In fact, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), in order for coffee to be graded as “specialty,” it needs to score at least 80 points or above on a 100-point scale.
If you plan on serving specialty coffee at your business, whether you’re running a coffee shop or a completely unrelated company, you need to make sure you have all the necessary coffee accessories in order to keep your customers happy.
Obviously, coffee shops need all the right equipment and supplies, but so does every office space, gym, and other business that serves specialty coffee throughout the day. Whether you're serving coffee to potential clients or for your hardworking staff, you need the best supplies to go with a hot cup of coffee. For instance, if you’re running a small business, you want to have your employees focused and attentive throughout the day. If you’re not serving coffee along with coffee stirrers so they can mix their favorite blends, cups with sleeves to prevent burns, and lids and napkins to keep everything clean, you're going to negatively impact employee morale.
Here are some items that you should make sure you have on hand at your place of work.
- Coffee stirrers
- Paper cups
- Sugar packets
- Hot cup straws