Coffee Rating System Explained | Coffee for Entrepreneurs

-Coffee Rating System Explained-

Why is our coffee rated an 81?  Find out what goes into our coffee rating scale, and why our coffee is the best coffee for entrepreneurs and hustlers.


"Specialty coffee" is a name thrown around quite a bit, and to the general public, can be a bit mysterious on its actual meaning.  Typically, specialty coffee is any coffee that scores 80 or above on a 100-point rating scale.  

  • 90-100 = Outstanding
  • 85-89   = Excellent
  • 80-84   = Very Good

This scale is set forth by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).  Various coffee associations around the globe set different standards as to what is considered "specialty" coffee, but the generally agreed-upon requirements are as follows:

  1. Beans shall have been selectively hand-picked
  2. Said beans must score 80 or above 
  3. Coffee may not exceed 5 defects per 350g of milled beans

So, how do Hustle Bean Coffee'beans stack up?

We're pleased to say, quite well. 

Our Brazilian Roast boasts a rating of 81 This coffee is a great starting point to the world of specialty coffee.  Whether you've been drinking supermarket coffee your whole life, or are well-versed in the art of coffee, our Brazilian Roast never ceases to please.  You can pick up a bag here.

Our Columbian Roast scores between 83 and 84. This coffee is truly delicious, with notes of cherry, chocolate, and almond.  You can never go wrong with a bag of our Columbian Roast.  We hand-roast this coffee in our local roasting facility, providing you with a great cup of coffee to fuel your day.  Pick up a bag here.

Last, but certainly not least, our Ethiopian Roast.  This is our highest rated coffee, scoring between 85 and 86.  Being my personal favorite, I simply can't get enough of this stuff.  Our Ethiopian Roast is light and fruity, with notes of strawberry, peach, grape, blueberry, and dark chocolate.  Try some here.


Where do "Name Brand" Coffees Sit on this Scale?

Most brands you'll find in stores today aren't considered specialty coffee.  Without naming names, if you're buying from one of those red plastic containers, or blue cardboard containers, you're not drinking specialty coffee.  While your supermarket may carry local specialty coffee brands, the only recognizable coffee that even comes close to specialty is going to be Starb***'s (not sure if we can mention them by name).  We'd say their best roast rates around an 80, so just under our Brazilian Roast.