What is Specialty Coffee and Why it is So Important | Buying Coffee Maker

Buying Coffee Maker
2 min readDec 15, 2020


In recent years, we have started to hear concepts such as specialty coffee, 3rd generation coffeemaking, 3rd wave coffeemaking often, and surprisingly someone has created fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh waves, but it is futile. First of all, let me give you some peace of mind. I can say there is no such fourth wave that we agreed on. I believe, three is enough 🙂

Let’s start with waves and then it will be easier to tell about specialty coffee. It is also a good idea to know where these waves start and end. No matter which coffee specialist you listen to, you will be confused about history. So I’ll try to describe history without going into much detail.

1st Wave (1st Generation)

Coffee firstly traded by Yemeni merchants a few hundred years after being found in Ethiopia in the 8th — 9th centuries. If you ask this to a Yemeni, he will say that “we discover the coffee first, not Ethiopians!” and if you ask Ethiopian, probably you will hear the opposite. There is a serious debate ongoing between these two countries. But it is certain that coffee export starts in Yemen. Al-Mukha port is the starting point. Also, the word “moka” takes its name from this port.

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Originally published at https://buyingcoffeemaker.com on December 15, 2020.