So what exactly makes our coffees hit 90 plus and win awards? Many things, of course. The first on the list is continuing education through the Specialty Coffee Association. Coffee is a science and new elements are constantly being discovered about the drupe. What is a drupe? A drupe (or stone fruit) is an indehiscent fruit in which an outer fleshy part (exocarp, or skin; and mesocarp, or flesh) surrounds a shell (the pit, stone, or pyrene) of hardened endocarp with a seed (kernel) inside- like the coffee cherry. Yes, we get excited about botany, chemistry and agriculture here at Flight Coffee Co. Cultivars, processing, roast profiles, brew science, roasting science, water quality and so on are things we never stop learning about.
Know what else makes us so groovy? The average price per pound for our green coffee is over $4.00. Why? Because we are in constant pursuit of the sweetest and most unique crops. We secure the top 1-3% of the world's coffee crop. We seek the best green coffee because we know we want to be the very best.
Yes we are serious roasters with over 20 years of roasting experience and many certifications but even the best roaster cannot turn a two buck chuck coffee crop into a top contender. Adjusting a roast profile can never improve an average or poor quality green coffee. We start with the best green coffee and through our experience, hard work and constant vigilance we finish with the best roasted coffee.