Sometimes it’s bitter rocket fuel, chugged down to wake us up in the morning. Other times, it’s a sugary confection enjoyed in a cozy shop. Any way you drink your joe, the culture around coffee has changed drastically over the years, and specialty brews have refined our tastes, demanding increasingly more money from consumers.
But what makes specialty coffee so “special,” anyway?
To understand what we mean by the term specialty coffee, here’s some quick background on what coffee experts call the three coffee waves.