THE SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION (SCA)
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a non-profit organization that represents thousands of coffee professionals, from producers to baristas all over the world. Built on foundations of openness, inclusivity, and the power of shared knowledge, the Speciality Coffee Association acts as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry – invested in creating a worldwide circle of like-minded professionals.
Unified but not uniform, the SCA celebrates and nurtures diversity. We understand the importance of local knowledge and strive to connect every individual with the resources to improve their opportunities and make their voice heard on a global stage.
Representing a global pool of experience and talent, we are our members and together we work towards a better, more sustainable future for each and every one of us – wherever in the world we are.
Becoming part of the Specialty Coffee Association brings added benefits, such as access to our industry guilds for Baristas and Roasters, as well as local events and activities organised and supported by our global network of National Chapters. If your business is coffee, then this is the place for you. Explore, collaborate, progress and inspire as we build a sustainable future for coffee, today.
The Specialty Coffee Association is a new organisation formed by the SCAA and SCAE
As of January 2017, the Specialty Coffee Association of America, established in 1982, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe, established in 1998, have officially become one organization.
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a membership-based association built on foundations of openness, inclusivity, and the power of shared knowledge. From coffee farmers to baristas and roasters, our membership spans the globe, encompassing every element of the coffee value chain. SCA acts as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry and works to make coffee better by raising standards worldwide through a collaborative and progressive approach. Dedicated to building an industry that is fair, sustainable, and nurturing for all, SCA draws on years of insights and inspiration from the specialty coffee community.
Coffee is a huge industry, offering many and varied career opportunities. The Coffee Diploma System allows people to choose the education path that most suits their needs. Six different modules exist in different disciplines, each with three levels of qualification, Foundation, Intermediate, and Professional (apart from Introduction to Coffee which is just one level).
For every module you can gain points for each level of qualification taken, and when you have achieved 100 points you will be awarded your overall diploma. It’s your choice on the modules you take to get you 100 points.