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Specialty coffee refers to the whole process from farmer to cup using a single origin coffee. It refers to the way the coffee is roasted and how it is extracted. According to the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), specialty coffee is scored 80 or above on a 100 point scale for aroma/fragrance, flavour, aftertaste, acidity, body, uniformity, balance, sweetness, clean cup, overall, and especially, with no coffee defects. But what does the consumer understand about this? Sometimes people say that to have the best coffee, the consumer should have the best cup experience. For Lupo Lab, specialty coffee doesn’t just mean...

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We’re in a society where everyone can reach nearly everything. With so much information available on the internet, its hard to discern what exactly is true knowledge and what isn’t. We assume that anyone with determination can learn to cook. If I buy the best meat around the world but burn it, is it still considered the best? Just like cooking, roasting isn’t for everyone. Its not sufficient to buy the best beans, or the buy the best roasting machine, and not have the background knowledge to bring out the best in each of these. Education is fundamental to roasting....

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Baristas play a crucial role in the coffee chain. He or she is the final person to deliver your coffee to the consumer. Starting in the coffee industry as a barista has always made me feel like an actor on a stage. If the acting is not good, the movie will have a bad review. You can be the most knowledgeable barista. You can make the perfect extract and an incredible latte art. But will you be good enough to engage your customer? Baristas need to understand which customer is in front of them. Making a joke, talking about their...

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