Setting the Stage for Specialty Coffee
By Emma Bladyka
with special thanks to Randy Pope and Ted Lingle for their contributions
Throughout modern coffee history, one consistently recognized method has prevailed that determines a properly brewed cup of coffee. Of course, this is the brewing control chart. This tool takes something as subjective as the desired taste profile and gives us a quantifiable method to track the consistency of each brew. Despite some modern criticisms of this method, the tool remains a trusted staple of the specialty coffee industry, and continues to help many coffee professionals understand strength and extraction. What is perhaps most impressive about this invention is its longevity. In fact, the work on this fundamental tool began in the 1950’s and was conducted through the 1970’s by an establishment named the Coffee Brewing Institute (CBI). In fact, the CBI laid a majority of the cornerstone brewing concepts we still utilize today to brew fresh, tasty specialty coffee.