Buyer's Guide

The specialty coffee industry can be an overwhelming one, full of terminology and information that can often confuse newcomers,
leaving them usure of what it all means, and what coffee is right for them.


Our approach

We have created this guide to help you break down all these terms, to understand what they mean, and why they are relevant in helping you decide the best coffee for you, because what may seem like irrelevant information, can actually be incredibly important in determining the profile of the coffee, and help you learn what types of coffee you really enjoy, and which types of coffee you really don’t.

Let us begin by breaking down the labels we use on our bags, and you can learn more information about each topic by clicking on the respective links:

1. Regions & Countries of Origin

What better place to start than where your coffee did.
Coffee, as I am sure you know, comes from all over the world. From Brazil to Burundi, and Colombia to Costa Rica — but did you know it originated in Ethiopia?

2. Producers

Behind every great coffee are the farmers that make it happen, and that is something we value here at 80 Stone. Knowing the producer is a great indicator of traceability, and often aligns with better quality, and better priced coffee.

3. Processing Methods

There is of course a lot of information regarding the coffee you buy, but processing methods is by far one of the most ubiquitous. Processing is an umbrella term that applies to the way the farmers deal with the coffee cherries after it has been picked ripe off the tree.

4. Species & Cultivars

Coffee, I am sure you have heard of it. Arabica, probably heard of that too. And Canephora, Eugenioides, Liberica? These are all species of the plant genus Coffea.

5. Cup Profile

Cup profile is our substitute for ‘tasting notes’, as we feel that coffee has so much more than taste, it has character, and reducing a coffee to three tasting notes does not do it justice. Our Cup Profiles are meticulously developed here at 80 Stone roastery alongside every new coffee release. For us, it is a way of translating what you can expect to experience when drinking this coffee, from taste, to mouthfeel, and aroma.

6. Roast Date

The roast date is a very important piece of information for everyone involved. Knowing how recently it was roasted gives you the information you need to enjoy the coffee at its best. The roast date also helps roasters isolate batches for Quality Control purposes.

7. Name and Colour Profile

Alongside the cup profile, we assign each coffee a name and colour, this is to quickly relate the character of the coffee, as well as the kind of taste it has.

8. Suggested Brewing Methods

Great coffee can be brewed any way you like. Espresso roasts can taste amazing on a V60, and a filter roast can still be made exceptional on an espresso machine. However, certain coffees excel on certain methods, and we at the roastery tend to try all our coffees in as many ways as we can, and feel pretty confident giving our suggestions.



Speciality Coffee Suppliers

80 Stone Coffee is a speciality wholesale coffee supplier with a long and passionate story for all things coffee. All our coffee beans are roasted in our London based roastery. Browse our shop to see the different beans we have to offer. We not only provide you with the best La Marzocco equipment but we provide some great barista training.