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What is the mission of Specialty Batch Coffee?

Founded in 2013, Specialty Batch Coffee is dedicated to revolutionising café standards in the UAE. Our commitment lies in delivering superior coffee, state-of-the-art equipment, and exceptional service. We focus on building genuine relationships with our clients and connecting with true coffee aficionados. Our ethos is quality over quantity, targeting those who recognize and appreciate our commitment to excellence. We are not just another brand on the shelf; we are a symbol of quality, trusted long after the initial purchase. Specialty Batch Coffee stands as the authoritative choice for consistently exceptional coffee experiences.

Is it ‘Specialty’ or ‘Speciality’ Coffee?

Both “specialty” and “speciality” are correct, but their usage varies by region. In the context of coffee, “specialty coffee” is the more widely used term globally, especially within the industry itself. This term signifies coffee that meets high quality standards throughout the production process, from harvesting to brewing. The preference for “specialty” over “speciality” in this context is largely due to the influence of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), an influential organisation in the coffee world, which uses the American spelling. Therefore, while both terms are understood, “specialty coffee” is more accurate and widely accepted in the industry.

In British English, “speciality” is more commonly used to refer to a product or service that is known for being of high quality, or an area in which someone or something excels. It denotes a distinguishing feature or quality that makes something particularly interesting or attractive. For example, a chef might be known for a particular dish that is their speciality, indicating it is what they are best at making or is especially popular among patrons.

Similarly, in professional contexts, “speciality” can refer to a person’s area of expertise or specialisation, particularly in fields such as medicine, academia, or business. A doctor, for example, might have a speciality in cardiology, meaning that their primary expertise and focus is on treating heart conditions.

What is TDS and how does it affect coffee brewing?

TDS, or Total Dissolved Solids, is the measure of the combined content of all organic and inorganic substances in water, including minerals, salts, and other dissolved compounds. It plays a significant role in coffee brewing but does not account for water pH, which is also a crucial factor in extraction efficiency. The composition of minerals in the water, which TDS does not measure, can significantly affect the coffee brewing process

Do the minerals in water affect coffee brewing?

The key minerals that impact coffee brewing include calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. These minerals influence the extraction process, flavor profile, and can have an effect on the coffee brewing equipment. An appropriate balance of minerals and alkalinity can enhance flavour extraction and provide a well-rounded taste, while an imbalance can result in off-flavors and problems with brewing equipment.
Learn more about the impact of water in our blog post

Do dark roasts produce more crema than light roasts?

Darker roasted coffee might produce a more noticeable crema initially due to the higher CO2 release, oil content, and more soluble compounds. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that darker roasts produce more crema or a better-quality crema than light roasts. The crema’s quality, stability, and volume depend on various factors, including the type of coffee, roast level, and freshness.
To learn more about the science of crema, check out our blog post

What makes Specialty Batch Coffee unique?

Specialty Batch Coffee, rooted in Melbourne and flourishing in Dubai, stands as the premier destination for specialty coffee aficionados. With a commitment to excellence, this homegrown brand offers an all-encompassing specialty coffee experience, from superior beans to top-of-the-line equipment and unparalleled service. At the heart of their ethos is the cultivation of authentic connections with coffee enthusiasts and the nurturing of enduring partnerships with clients, prioritizing quality over quantity in every aspect.

Leading the charge is Ryan Godinho, a trailblazer in the UAE’s coffee scene. As the nation’s inaugural SCAA and SCA Lead Instructor, Authorized Trainer, and the first WCE National Barista Championship Coordinator designated for the UAE, Ryan embodies the spirit of Specialty Batch Coffee. His daily roles span from head coffee roaster and green coffee buyer to barista trainer and quality overseer, ensuring the brand’s hallmark of reliability, methodical precision, and quality-driven service.

Over the past decade, Specialty Batch Coffee has carved out a reputation as the region’s most trustworthy and diligent coffee supplier, a testament to their meticulous approach and dedication to the craft of coffee.

What services does Specialty Batch offer?

Specialty Batch Coffee emerges as the UAE’s premier SCA coffee education provider, offering an unparalleled suite of services tailored for the specialty coffee community. From expert consultancy in specialty coffee to meticulous quality and efficiency audits, our offerings are designed to elevate your coffee program to new heights.
Our commitment to excellence extends to our quality-centric coffee roasting practices, comprehensive technical support, and the provision of exclusive café equipment. For enthusiasts and professionals alike looking to craft or enhance their specialty coffee offering, Specialty Batch Coffee presents a comprehensive solution, embodying passion, expertise, and innovation in every aspect of our service.

What is the difference between commercial coffee and specialty coffee?

Specialty coffee stands apart for its exceptional quality and traceability, often scoring 80 points or above on a 100-point scale used by coffee experts. It’s produced using high-quality beans sourced from specific microclimates, ensuring unique flavour profiles. The focus is on sustainable farming practices, ethical sourcing, and meticulous processing to preserve distinct tastes and aromas.

In contrast, commercial coffee typically involves mass-produced beans aimed at cost-efficiency and consistency through ‘darker roasting’ protocols, often at the expense of flavour and ethical sourcing. This coffee might blend beans from various origins, prioritising volume over the nuanced qualities prized in specialty coffee.

Thus, specialty coffee offers a richer, more ethical, and diverse tasting experience compared to its commercial counterpart.