- Specialty Coffee encourages fair and direct trade. If you look at the recent trends in Specialty Coffee you will notice that many coffee shops are touting their use of either direct trade or fair trade, and for good reason. These practices ensure a fair payment of beans to farmers in countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kenya, and others. This price helps farmers be able to afford more workers and better equipment which allows them to produce a better product.
- It supports local businesses. Aside from a few bigger chains (Blue Bottle, Stumptown, and Intelligentsia) most specialty coffee shops are comprised of local shops with local owners. Even if you look at the bigger shops there are only 22, 10, and 10 respectively. To put this in perspective, there are 163 Starbucks locations in the city of Seattle alone. When you support local business you are helping support your neighbors, and who doesn't love that?
- Specialty Coffee is Fresh. Who doesn't love fresh? Specialty Coffee thrives on the idea that coffee should always be roasted fresh and ground fresh. If you can see the roast date on the bags and you are within two weeks of the roast date, you are in the clear for some good coffee.
- It tastes amazing. Come on, you are reading a coffee blog which you probably found by liking the Van Dyke Facebook page, I'm betting you love coffee. Specialty coffee opens a whole new spectrum of tastes from the typical coffee chains.
So what are you waiting for? Drink up!