About SCA

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is a nonprofit, 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.


Our Vision

To create an effective, authentic and dynamic organization to give voice and substance to the possibilities for specialty coffee worldwide.

Our Mission

Engage, inspire, and expand a sustainable global specialty coffee trade through leadership in events, education, and research.

Our Core Values

#1 Relevant Member Value

We serve our members as a nonprofit global platform that: 1) provides world-class events, education, research, and standards; 2) promotes best practices and professionalism that are inclusive of and adaptive to context; and 3) amplifies voices within the specialty coffee value chain.

#2 Sustainable Coffee Industry

We advocate for the sustainable growth of the coffee industry through collaborative partnerships that pursue equity, prioritize mutual benefits, and result in positive impact throughout the coffee supply chain. We work to improve understanding of critical social issues and inequities through proactive efforts, focused attention, education, and dedicated resources.

#3 Community of Communities

We value diverse perspectives by listening, centering, and adapting to unique local characteristics while encouraging a sense of global community for cultural and economic exchange. We recognize local communities and facilitate development of infrastructure, communication, and sharing within and among coffee communities.

#4 Best People

We recognize that diverse perspectives are needed to have a well-balanced and dynamic representation of and for membership. This includes (but is not exclusive to) race, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, member category and career, as well as in intersections of these identities. We develop, empower, and retain the best volunteer leaders and staff to engage our membership and external audiences by fostering an informative, inclusive, rewarding, and mutually-supportive environment.

#5 Ethical Operation

We demonstrate integrity of business practice and nonprofit governance. We comply with local regulatory requirements and act with unyielding dedication to our self-defined commitments. We inspire trust through transparent communication and acknowledgement of accountability, and improve performance through aspiration, self-monitoring and member engagement.

#6 Respect for the Individual

We create, produce, and support discrimination-free and harassment-free safe spaces for personal and professional collaboration, growth, and learning. We recognize that membership benefits and participation in activities differ depending on identity, background, privilege and access to resources, and we acknowledge that every member has a voice.


Our Leadership


As of January 2017, the Specialty Coffee Association of America, established in 1982, and the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, established in 1998, have officially become one organization. The unified organization, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), has launched this website to house information around key activities, events, and offerings. This is meant to be a temporary site while we work on combining our resources and updating our materials. To visit the previous SCAA or SCAE websites, please click the links below:

Specialty Coffee Association
of America

Speciality Coffee Association
of Europe