Coffees are tasted, assessed and scored according to strict criteria set out by the Speciality Coffee Association. In order to assign a coffee a Cup Score, one must be a trained and certified Q Grader. This requires a serious amount of knowledge and training, and passing around 22 exams in order to qualify. There are only around 4000 Q Graders worldwide (and we are very proud to have one in house!) These individuals grade coffee with an SCA score of 65 to 90+ . Coffees with a score of 80 and above are classed as speciality, and those with a score of 90 and above are classed as presidential and are few and far between!