Roasted specialty coffee beans under a glass case at a coffee shop

What makes coffee specialty coffee?

Specialty coffee is a product, while third wave is an experience. You cannot have a third-wave experience without specialty coffee, but you can have specialty coffee without the third-wave experience.

Woman holding a cup of coffee that seems to displease her

Why your coffee tastes bitter (and how to fix it)

Coffee, like many plants, contains bitter tasting components as a protection mechanism. A little bitterness in your coffee is fine, but it can be unpleasant when it begins to dominates your coffee’s flavor profile.