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98. Where does quality come from?

A Q-grader cupper recently offered me his perspective on where quality comes from.  Later that day, I had dinner with another Q-grader cupper and asked her the same question.  Their answers were identical.  Each one breaks down the sources of a coffee’s quality like this:

The total agreement created quite an impression, but left me wondering about everything that happens between the selection of the varietal and harvest – fertilization, pruning, weeding, shade management, etc.  This vision leaves out most of what a farmer spends his time doing on the coffee farm.

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