The Specialty Coffee Association takes great pride in its history of investigating the scientific principles of coffee- from chemistry and physics to agronomy and sensory perception. This research helps to develop education, standards, and best practices which form the basis of the specialty coffee trade. 

SCA also performs market research and analysis, giving our members valuable information that informs the economic strategies of the coffee industry, with the aim of helping our members be more successful and for the specialty coffee community to thrive.

Research Underway

Roaster Retailer Financial Benchmarking Report:

A business tool that offers roasters and retailers a way to measure their company performance against the objective industry standard. The idea is to deliver business information to people and companies in the specialty coffee business, contributing to the support of more informed business decisions. The study offers a way to help business managers and owners understand the industry landscape so they can improve their operations.

To login and access the survey’s industry benchmarks, use the following link: If you have already created an account and participated in the survey, you can login to retrieve your company’s key performance measures and compare your own company measurements against the industry benchmarks.

The survey is still open for responses – roasters and retailers are encouraged to submit their data through the survey in order to access the results at no cost. For those who are unable to participate, access to the results can be purchased here.

Reports Currently Available

*Members receive exclusive discounts on all SCA Research. Click here for a complete listing of SCA reports.



SCA Certified Home Brewer Program

The SCA recognizes home brewers that meet our longstanding rigorous technical requirements. 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 generally on proper water temperature, brewing time, and ability to brew within the SCA Golden Cup recommendation. 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.