According to SCA’s (SPECIALTY COFFE ASSOCIATION) sensory evaluation methodology, used worldwide, special coffee is any coffee that reaches at least 80 points on the methodology’s score scale (which goes up to 100 points), being evaluated the following attributes:
Fragrance / Flavor

Uniformity (each cup statistically represents 20% of the batch evaluating the absence of defects.

Sweetness
Flavor
Acidity
Body
Completion

Harmony
Final concept (general impression on coffee, attributed by the classifier. Only part of the classifier’s subjectivity in the sample evaluation)