SCA Certified Home Brewers

The Science Behind Delicious Coffee.


Developed by coffee science experts and professional coffee tasters, this program reviews brewers designed for in-home use to determine if they meet the vigorous requirements of brewed coffee quality as determined by the SCA. These requirements are based on decades of industry knowledge and research by the Coffee Brewing Center. All SCA Certified Brewers have met these requirements, which are based on proper water temperature, brewing time, and ability to brew within the SCA Golden Cup recommendations. If a brewer passes all of the tests as described below and conducted by the SCA, that brewer will be recognized as an exemplary home brewer and join the short list of SCA Certified Brewers.

As of 2014, the SCA has renewed its cooperation with the European Coffee Brewing Center, who also has a longstanding and reputable home brewer testing program. These programs, although serving separate markets, are aligned in both testing requirements, procedures, and rigor. Today, these organizations are together committed to the highest level of transparency and testing to promote better coffee brewing worldwide.


Certified SCA Home Brewers

2017/2018 testing schedule

How to submit a brewer for testing:

Step 1- review Certification Requirements & Testing Procedure and Uniformity of Extraction Procedure

Step 2- complete submission form & testing fee HERE

Step 3- Ship brewers to testing site (shipping instructions & testing window provided by SCA)


Model type & quantity

Prototypes and Production Run models are both able to be tested. If your brewer is in prototype stage, plan to ship only one unit. If you have a brewer in production and ready for retail shelves, we ask that you send (5) units for testing.

The value of Certified Home Brewer program increases as consumers take more interest in Specialty Coffee. We are thrilled to partner with you to as we all work toward excellence in coffee brewing.

The SCA Brewer Certification Program will run on a quarterly testing schedule. Brewers may be received at any time during the year, but will only be tested during the following time periods:

Quarterly Schedule Coming Soon.

Getting started

If a brewer manufacturer wishes to submit a prototype, in-development brewer, please contact Emma Sage to discuss testing possibilities.

All brewer manufacturers that submit a brewer for testing will receive a full testing report upon completion, whether or not the brewer passes or fails the testing. The report will be delivered within two weeks of testing.

If the brewer passes all tests and enters a certification agreement with the SCA, it will be considered a SCA Certified Home Brewer. The brewer will be listed on the SCA web site as an exemplary home brewer. Use of the SCA Certified Home Brewer logo on packaging or other marketing materials is required for Certified Home Brewers and contingent on a certification in good standing, completed certification agreement, and fees paid before logos are used by the certified brewer manufacturer. Fees are comprised of yearly licensing fees of $5000 per year for three years.

If you are interested in submitting a brewer and have questions, please contact Cait McGee for more information.

Terms and Renewal

This certification has a term of three years, or until the design of production models change, whichever occurs sooner, at which the model must be re-tested by the SCA for continued participation in this certification program. For this re-testing, the SCA shall obtain the brewer model from a third-party retailer, and the manufacturer will be responsible for a testing fee plus the retail cost of that brewer.