The Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) scoring system is fairly new, starting in 1982. The purpose was to differentiate specialty coffee from commercial coffee and to create a means of evaluating coffee quality. The system was created with the intention of making cupping more consistent and reliable. It was also intended to make it easier to communicate about coffee, especially with regard to buying and selling.

While the system is well-known and broadly used, it is still worth explaining why it was created.

Coffee is scored during cupping, which is the act of preparing and evaluating brewed samples called “cupping”, using a special brewing process.

Coffee (the drink, not the beans) has almost 450 flavor compounds. Professionals taste coffee with a “tongue map” in their minds, they don’t use the taste buds on their tongue. The tip of the tongue tastes sweet and salty, the sides taste bitter and sour and the back taste umami.

The SCA cupping method generally involves tasting six cups of coffee at once. Each cup uses 7 grams of ground coffee and 125 grams of water, which steeps for four minutes before you begin tasting. Because the same amount of water is used for each cup, the extraction percentage will vary depending on how fine or coarse the grind is. To account for this, cuppers use different grind settings for each sample.

The SCA Evaluation Points Aroma: scale of 0.25 with a maximum of 10 points.

Taste: scale of 0.25 with a maximum of 10 points.

Aftertaste: scale of 0.25 with a maximum of 10 points.

Acidity: scale of 0.25 with a maximum of 10 points.

Body: scale of 0.25 with a maximum of 10 points.

Balance: scale of 0.25 with a maximum of 10 points.

Cleaning: 2-point scale with a maximum of 10 points.

Sweetness: 2-point scale with a maximum of 10 points.

Uniformity: 2-point score with a maximum score of 10 points.

General: scale of 0.25 with a maximum score of 10 points

Coffee defects are also evaluated. These can include fermentation, phenol, fungus, chemical taints, or other taints that decrease quality and cleanliness of the drink.

Defect intensities: Minus 2 points for a defect that lowers quality and cleanliness.

Minus 4 points to a strong defect – one that seriously damages the quality and cleanliness of the cup.

SCA coffee scoring system is used in competitions The SCA system isn’t used just for cupping, the SCA’s scoring system is also used during competition, where it’s employed as a means of evaluating different coffees on an objective scale, regardless of what their subjective qualities are. Obviously, this makes it easier for judges to come to a consensus about which coffees tasted the best, and therefore should be awarded points.

It’s important to remember, however, that there is no perfect coffee scorecard. Each scoring chart is designed with a specific purpose in mind and is best suited for certain situations. For example, the SCA scoring chart is ideal for evaluating crops and comparing similar crops against each other, but it’s not as well-suited for roasting and brewing purposes.

Members of SCAE and SCA since 2004.

The Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) is the largest coffee trade association in the world. It has a global membership of individuals and companies involved in the speciality coffee industry, including roasters and retailers. It aims to promote excellence in coffee and improve sustainability through education, research, training and science.

The SCA is based in the US but has offices around the world. It operates the Coffee Quality Institute, which provides training and educational resources for professionals across the supply chain, from farmer to barista, as well as offering certification programmes for all stages of coffee production, preparation and serving.


Delivery Times (Ireland)?

We deliver nationwide Monday to Friday (bank holidays excluded). We have a speedy coffee team, who pack and get your orders delivered to your door within 1 - 2 working days, so that you are never waiting long. Deliveries are made by third-party delivery service, An Post

What's my order status? How can I track my orders?

Deliveries are made by An Post. However, you can track your orders here when you’ve received confirmation that your order is out for delivery:

Can I collect in person

Unfortunately we do not have any physical cafes at this time but we hope that will change in the near future.


Making an edit to your order?

Simply get in touch with us through or our social channels and let us know the changes you want to make. If it hasn’t been packed yet, we should be able to make adjustments for you. For example, if you entered the wrong address or if you want your coffee ground instead, let us know and we’ll help.


We hope you will be happy with your purchase. However, should you feel it necessary to return a non-perishable item, we aim to make the returns process as simple as possible. For health and safety reasons, Good Morning Project cannot accept returned food products. Please contact us at You will be required to return the goods, unopened and as new, with a copy of your original invoice, via DPD Delivery.

Faulty Goods

In the unfortunate case of goods being faulty or damaged in transit, Good Morning Project offers the choice of either a replacement or a full refund including any postage costs incurred. Goods can be returned through your postal service of chice.

Coffee Beans

What is the difference between Espresso and Filter Coffee?

Our coffees are very versatile and can work with all the popular brewing methods. We also offer to grind our coffees for you for each of these brewing methods. 

Single Origins work great on any filter brewing method thanks to their vibrant aromas and flavours, in particular the V60 or Chemex.  For any Sage or Espresso equipment, we recommend you go for beans that are geared towards Espresso for a more balanced and smooth taste. Take a look at our brew guides and roasting guides to learn more. Our Mella Espresso Blend works wonders with a Sage.

Selecting the right coffee grind

We offer to grind all our coffees for you for every brewing method (Moka Pot, Espresso, Aeropress, Chemex, French Press and V60). For freshness, if you have a home espresso machine we recommend you always buy wholebean. Whereas if you’re a filter lover we can grind the coffee depending on your brewing method.

Where can I find your brew guides?

You can find all things specialty, single origin, grind size and coffee related in our blog here

Coffee Roasting

How Fresh is your coffee?

Every single day, our coffee is lovelingly roasted to order from our co-roasting space, that means that, after an adequate resting period (1 week), we've timed it so that it arrives on your door at the perfect time to brew. A little rest but not too much so you have the perfect, aromatic freshness for your brew.

How long can I enjoy my coffee after roasting?

We recommend brewing our coffees from up to 3 months after the roast date. The Roast date and best before dates are labelled on the back of all our coffee products. For freshness, if you have a home espresso machine we recommend you always buy wholebean. Whereas if you’re a filter lover we can grind the coffee depending on your brewing method.

Coffee Subscriptions

What is the single origin rotational?

Let us surprise you with a new Single Origin coffee every month! Our Roasters Rotation subscription includes a large selection of specialty coffee from around the world but only if they make an active effort to promote sustainability in the industry and pay their farmers fairly.

What subscriptions should I sign up for?

Firstly, choose what brewing method/equipment you’d like to use. We offer a few different options depending on machine, frequency, region, etc. We recommend choosing the single origin subscription if you’re a fan of trying our latest coffee and prefer filter coffee whereas if you just want a continuous supply of beautiful coffee we suggest you select our roasters lucky dip option.

Managing your subscription

You can amend, pause or cancel your subscription anytime if you’re on our rolling subscription model by logging into your account or contacting us at

Changing your subscription

We will send your subscription out on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, depending on your preference. You can also adjust your subscription type, delivery schedule, grind or coffee volume by logging into your account or contacting us at

Good Morning Project Coffee Roasters

What is the Good Morning Project?

Mornings aren't for everyone and that's ok! The Good Morning Project aims to brighten up and kick start your day with one of our specialty coffees one cup at a time!

We roast only the finest specialty coffee from around the world right down at our roastery in Cork. Our coffee is ethically and sustainably sourced to ensure the farmers are paid well, while reducing our carbon footprint. Using only recyclable or compostable packaging we want to ensure our carbon footprint is as small possible, because sustainability is at our core.

After +20 years in the food and drink space building global brands, we're excited to bring our passion and love for coffee to the world. We pride ourselves on bringing the best quality specialty coffee to your cup. Coffee is something that connects people from all over the world and we take pride in bringing our specialty coffee to your cup.

Experience a good morning like no other today by ordering your Good Morning Project single origin coffee today!

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