What explains specialty coffee quality scores and prices: A case study from the cup of excellence program

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study investigates the effects of material and symbolic quality attributes on the Cup of Excellence specialty coffee quality scores and prices. The estimates from the quality score equations suggest that material attributes are important determinants, but symbolic attributes have a greater explanatory power. The hedonic price estimations show that specialty coffee prices are mainly determined by symbolic attributes and market conditions such as the number of coffees in the auction. Overall, the study reveals that fruity, floral, sweet, spice, and sour acid are cuppers' and buyers' most favorite coffee flavors and aromas.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Traore, TM; Wilson, NLW; Fields, D

Published Date

  • August 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 349 - 368

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2056-7405

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1074-0708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/aae.2018.5

Citation Source

  • Scopus