What we’re talking about when we talk about specialty coffee

Specialty coffee is a category given to coffee that falls outside of commonly established ranges. This makes the product gain value, both at a sensory level, improving its flavor, and at a commercial level, increasing its price.

In order to access this category, coffee must meet a series of requirements, determined by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) and exceed a score of 80 points out of 100, awarded by certified tasters. In this score, the coffee is evaluated sensorially, scoring attributes such as fragrance and aroma, flavor and aftertaste, acidity, body, among others.

How do you obtain specialty coffee?

Specialty coffee is obtained through good cultivation practices, everything starts at the origin. The producer deciding on the variety, nourishing the soil, caring for the plant’s environment, carrying out good processes, are all steps that make the quality of the coffee good.

The producer chooses what he is going to harvest and depending on the type of variety he chooses, it will need some care or another. The plant must be provided with optimal conditions for its adaptation, well-nourished soil, shade, sufficient water…


The harvest varies depending on the country or regions. Within the same country, for example Ecuador, the harvest begins in March and ends in September in the northern part, while in the southern part the harvest begins in September and ends in March.

Once the coffee has been processed, it is stored in warehouses inside well-sealed grainpro bags, allowing the beans to stabilize before being shipped. Each coffee has a roasting profile and each roaster its cooking technique. The beans arrive green and we roast them depending on their characteristics.

At Nomad we roast on demand and send it immediately, with the exception of wholesale consumption, to which the bags are sent after a week of rest. The coffee is packaged in 250 gr bags, 2kg bags and 4kg buckets for shipments to Barcelona.

More than a category

From our point of view, specialty coffee is not just a category with an established protocol, it is a product that promotes values that we feel identified with: values such as traceability, sustainability, respect for nature, conscious consumption and the people around it. These are some of the reasons that make us opt for this product.