28 Aug '13, 7pm

It's all about quality baby.

It's all about quality baby.

By Todd Goldsworthy, Klatch Coffee When I was first asked to write on the topic of what makes specialty coffee so special, there was one word that came to mind: quality. By SCAA definition, that is what specialty coffee is. But I thought I would hit the streets of LA and ask a few baristas, cafe owners, and customers what they think makes specialty coffee so special. As I visited various cafes over the last two weeks asking this question, I heard a wide variety of perspectives on this topic and it inspired much deeper conversations. The most common answers coming from baristas and cafe owners had nothing to do with quality but instead centered around the people : the barista’s passion, the barista’s skill levels being in the top percentile of the coffee industry, and the connection that the baristas have with the customers. One person said that specialty coffee is “special...

Full article: http://www.baristaguildofamerica.net/what-makes-specialty...

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