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The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)
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, they act as a unifying force within the specialty coffee industry – invested in creating a worldwide circle of like-minded professionals.
Unified but not uniform, they celebrate and nurture diversity. They 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.
The strong thrust of SCA is education. Our very own CCO (Chief Coffee Officer), Matthew is an Authorised SCA Trainer (AST) having completed many years in the industry and the SCA trainer qualifications.
Coffee is a massive 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.
The formation of SCA
The Specialty Coffee Association is a new organization 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, officially became 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, their 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.