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Many people ask, "Why should I consider joining the Specialty Coffee Association as a member?"
or perhaps, "What value does the SCA offer if I become a member?"

I'll answer the Why's and What's here so that it's a bit more clear for YOU if you are part of the WHO... should join SCA as a Member.



First, the WHY:

  1. Typically I help enlist new members to the SCA in order to help them receive DISCOUNTS on their Certified Training programs. For example in China the cost of membership (about 600 CNY) is perfectly offset by the savings in your first Intermediate course (600 CNY). 
    1. So - after 1 Intermediate course your membership fee is covered.
  2. ALL subsequent Intermediate and Professional level courses are discounted that same amount (in China's case 600 CNY)... so you end up SAVING LOTS OF CASH!
  3. There are a number of GREAT RESOURCES which unlock through:
    1. Specialty Coffee emails
    2. SCA Store Discounts 20%+ on SCA/SCAA/SCAE approved merchandise and training equipment
    3. Access to conferences and Specialty Coffee events
    4. And much more. See website for more details.

There's lots to say about different member types, but the most common for individuals is as a Barista. Read more about it on the SCA Membership webpage above.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there is a level of ACCOUNTABILITY and MOTIVATION which comes from joining the SCA as a certified member. Discounts and resources are great and practically needed by all of us, but the INTRINSIC value of belonging to a Global Community of Specialty Coffee Professionals is the immeasurable value I'd like to promote most of all.

If you are ready to start training, or get that Intermediate and Professional Certification be sure to contact SCA.Training and let us know how we can help you personally and professionally. Thanks!

How to Certify your SCA Training Center

With the many wonderful changes that have come from the SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe) and the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) merging, there have also been questions and concerns in plenty. One specifically in focus today is:

The Training and Testing Facility for holding SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) courses.


Advice specifically from the SCA follows:

"Becoming an SCA Premier Training Campus

"Achieving SCA Campus accreditation is a prestigious designation that requires demonstrating compliance with standards of educational excellence. If your company or organization is interested in pursuing SCA Campus accreditation, you must complete the following steps:

"The first step in the process is to review the documents below andemail an SCA representative with questions or to begin the process of becoming a Campus. A SCA staff member will connect with you to discuss next steps in the certification process."

The documents for review are (click) below:

Introducing 6 Newly Updated SCA Foundation Courses!

After years of excellent training and material development by both the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe and of America, a new batch of SCA Training materials is rolling out. Starting with Introduction to Specialty Coffee and then to: Green Coffee Foundations, Roasting Foundations, Sensory Foundations, Brewing Foundations and Barista Skill Foundations both SCA Trainers and Students look forward to seeing upcoming announcements for new materials in Intermediate and Professional level.

new SCA foundation courses

Stay tuned for more specific content on each of these exciting and valuable SCA Foundation training modules. On SCA.Training we will identify what skills, pre-requisites, learning outcomes, costs and opportunities lie in store with each of these great courses!

SCAA Coffee Taster Pathway

The SCAA Coffee Tasters Pathway was created to provide coffee tasters with both practical and theoretical instruction. Skilled coffee tasters contribute to any coffee organization’s buying program, especially helping to establish quality control protocols and define a coffee program. These elements are essential for any professional coffee outfit to build its reputation and maintain its integrity.

Therefore, the SCAA Coffee Taster Pathway is designed to develop both more professional coffee palates and more professional coffee careers, preparing graduates for work in evaluating coffees and confidently analyzing coffees to participate in portfolio decision making. Due to the rigor of this sensory craft, sensory experts help our industry to push the boundaries of specialty coffee both expanding and incorporating traditional and innovative techniques in a tireless pursuit of improved coffee quality.

Learn more at: 

SCAA Roaster Pathway

The SCAA Roaster Pathway is a great way to invest in your roasting career. Herein both the craft and the science of roasting presented as machine operations, safety, maintenance, and sensory applications are all explored. 

Endorsed by the Roasters Guild, the Roaster Pathway has a clear goal to help more graduates roast amazing coffees. To do so, all graduates should develop superior sensory skills, learning to evaluate roasted coffees for quality control and establish a mastery required to safely and effectively manipulate roasting equipment. Practical aspects such as inventory control and production management help finish the curriculum.

Roaster Pathway Graduates should be well equipped in a wide range of roasting facilities, with a strong background in theory backed by hands-on roasting and evaluation experience. However, it must be noted that true mastery takes great investments in both time and practice after such a theoretical framework has been laid.

With two levels available, the Roaster Pathway is available to coffee professionals looking to transition into or expand their understanding of the world of coffee roasting, and will build upon information and skills that demonstrate competence as a professional specialty coffee roaster.

Learn more at: 

SCAA Coffee Buyer Pathway

The SCCA Coffee Buyer Pathway establishes the precedent that the supply chain from farmers to customers is critically integrated (albeit if unknown) throughout the world. Coffee buyers can be considered the key link to help ensure specialty coffee quality along this chain.

Topics such as impacting communities, balancing finance, business strategy, and sensory evaluation, negotiating contracts, maneuvering financial markets, understanding trade intricacies and navigating sales channels are all represented in the Coffee Buyer Pathway.

Coffee Buyers comprise as global trade network of producers, importers, traders, and buyers as green coffee travels a complex journey before ever reaching the roaster.

Learn more at: 

SCAA Barista Pathway

The SCAA Barista Pathway presents a series of classes at both Intermediate and Professional Levels which are designed to develop a coffee crafters coffee career. Content includes but is not limited to: instruction in espresso and espresso drink preparation alongside equipment operation and customer service.

Upon completion, graduates should have established a set of immediately relevant skills to thrive in most any coffee bar environment focussing on high-level, high-quality standards as defined by the Specialty Coffee Association.

Endorsed by the Barista Guild of America, the Barista Pathway is a powerful step forward as you pursue a meaningful career in specialty coffee.

Learn more at:  

SCAA Foundations Of Coffee

The Foundations of Coffee course by the SCAA is designed to lay the groundwork for a life in coffee. This course is a foundation introducing the other SCAA Pathways building coffee vocabulary; while expanding critical topics to coffee such as agronomy, earth sciences, economics, and sociology along the global supply chain.

This overview of "the seed to cup journey" explores how the senses and chemistry meet in practical experiences including: coffee tastings, cuppings, and flavor perception. Beyond this theoretical and practical workings of brewing and extraction are explored.

Foundations of Coffee should prepare students for other Pathways with a comprehensive overview in both big-picture coffee trade and minutia details in coffee craft.

Learn more at: 

Bienvenida SCA!

Estimado miembro:



Bienvenido a la Asociación de Cafés Especiales. ¡Nos alegra tenerle a bordo!



Confiamos en que su afiliación mejorará su experiencia con los cafés especiales. Ya sea por la oportunidad de poder aprender más del increíble viaje que recorren los granos desde que son semilla hasta la taza o por la posibilidad de colaborar con entusiastas del café con usted, estamos seguro de que conseguiremos satisfacer sus necesidades y ayudarle en cosas que ni siquiera ha pensado.

Puede ver todos sus beneficios como miembro en, donde encontrará información actualizada sobre próximos eventos, educación, investigaciones y la última información de nuestro movimiento de cafés especiales en todo el mundo.

Le animo a participar activamente en la asociación. En nuestra web encontrará siempre oportunidades para conectar, ejercer como voluntario y participar. ¡Disfrute de nuestra comunidad!


Paul Stack
Presidente, Asociación de Cafés Especiales

Добро пожаловать SCA!

Уважаемый член Ассоциации!

Приветствуем Вас в Ассоциации спешелти кофе (Speciality Coffee Association). Замечательно, что Вы присоединились к нам!

Мы уверены, что членство в нашей Ассоциации обогатит Ваш опыт в области спешелти кофе. Вы сможете больше узнать об удивительном путешествии кофейных зерен от дерева до ароматного напитка в чашке, пообщаться со своими единомышленниками — любителями и профессионалами кофейной отрасли, — а также многое другое, о чем Вы даже не подозреваете.

Со всеми преимуществами для членов SCA можно ознакомиться на веб-сайте, где Вы найдете актуальную информацию о предстоящих событиях, образовательных программах, исследовательских работах, а также новости нашего движения спешелти кофе по всему миру.

Я призываю Вас играть активную роль в жизни Ассоциации. На нашем веб-сайте Вы всегда найдете возможности для связи с другими членами Ассоциации, оказания волонтерской помощи и участия в наших мероприятиях. Воспользуйтесь преимуществами нашего замечательного сообщества!

С уважением,

Пол Стек (Paul Stack),

президент, Ассоциации спешелти кофе

환영 합니다 SCA!

친애하는 회원 여러분,

스페셜티 커피 협회(Specialty Coffee Association, SCA)를 찾아주신 것을 환영합니다. 여러분과 함께 하게 되어 영광입니다.

본 협회는 여러분이 멤버십으로 스페셜티 커피에 대한 경험을 향상시킬 수 있을 것이라고 자신합니다. 종자에서부터 아름다운 컵이나 한 마음 한 뜻을 지닌 커피 애호가 네트워크에 이르기까지의 멋진 여정에 대해 더 많은 정보를 알게 되실 겁니다. 본 협회는 여러분의 니즈를 충족시켜 드리고, 여러분이 상상했던 그 이상을 제공해 드릴 것을 약속합니다.를 통해 모든 회원 혜택을 확인하실 수 있으며 앞으로의 행사, 교육, 연구논문 및 전세계 스페셜티 커피 동향에 대한 가장 최신 정보 또한 찾아보실 수 있습니다.

여러분들께 협회에서 적극적으로 활동하시기를 권장합니다. 웹사이트에는 항상 소통하고, 자발적으로 활동하고, 참여할 기회가 준비되어 있습니다. 본 협회의 특별한 커뮤니티를 즐겨 주시기 바랍니다!!


Paul Stack

스페셜티 커피 협회(Specialty Coffee Association)


Benvenuto SCA!

Caro socio,

Benvenuto nella Specialty Coffee Association. Siamo davvero felici di averti a bordo!

Siamo sicuri che far parte dell’associazione renderà ancora migliore la tua esperienza nel mondo del caffè speciality. Che si tratti di scoprire il meraviglioso viaggio del caffè da chicco a gustosa bevanda, o di fare networking con molti altri appassionati di caffè, siamo sicuri che andremo incontro ai tuoi bisogni, anche a quelli che non sai ancora di avere!

Potrai scoprire tutti i vantaggi a te riservati visitando il sito, dove troverai informazioni aggiornate sui prossimi eventi, sui corsi di formazione, sugli studi di ricerca e sulle ultime novità provenienti dal movimento globale del caffè speciality.

Ti invitiamo ad avere un ruolo attivo nell’associazione. Sul nostro sito troverai sempre opportunità di incontrare altri soci, fare volontariato e farti coinvolgere. Speriamo tu possa goderti al meglio la nostra comunità speciale!

Cordiali saluti,

Paul Stack
Presidente, Speciality Coffee Association

Herzlich Willkommen SCA!

Sehr geehrtes Mitglied,

Wir möchten Sie herzlich in der Specialty Coffee Association willkommen heißen. Es freut uns sehr, dass Sie Teil unserer Vereinigung sind.

Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass Ihre Mitgliedschaft Ihnen auf der Reise durch die Welt der Kaffeespezialitäten ein wertvoller Begleiter sein wird. Unabhängig davon, ob Sie mehr darüber erfahren möchten, wie die Bohne zum herrlichen Heißgetränk wird, oder ob Sie gerne Kontakte mit anderen Kaffeebegeisterten knüpfen möchten, bieten wir Ihnen den entsprechenden Rahmen und noch vieles mehr.

Nutzen Sie über auch alle Vorteile für Mitglieder. Auf dieser Webseite finden Sie aktuellste Informationen zu unseren Veranstaltungen, Kursen, Studien und unserer Kaffeespezialitätengemeinschaft weltweit.

Als aktives Mitglied können Sie unsere Ressourcen optimal ausnutzen. Netzwerkveranstaltungen, Gelegenheiten für ehrenamtliches Engagement und Möglichkeiten der Kontaktaufnahme finden Sie stets aktuell auf unsere Webseite. Vielen Dank für Ihre Treue!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Paul Stack
Präsident, Specialty Coffee Association

Bienvenue SCA!

Chère/Cher membre,

Bienvenue à la Specialty Coffee Association. C’est formidable de vous accueillir parmi nous !

Nous sommes confiants que votre adhésion permettra d’améliorer votre expérience dans le domaine du café de spécialité. Que ce soit pour en savoir plus sur le voyage extraordinaire qui se déroule depuis le grain jusqu’à la dégustation, ou bien pour rencontrer des amateurs de café partageant le même enthousiaste, nous sommes sûrs de répondre à vos besoins et plus encore que vous ne l’imaginez.

Vous pouvez accéder à tous vos avantages d’adhésion sur, où vous trouverez des informations à jour sur les prochains événements, les formations, des documents de recherche et les actualités les plus récentes du secteur du café de spécialité dans le monde entier.

Je vous invite à jouer un rôle actif au sein de l'association. Vous trouverez sur notre site Internet des occasions de rencontrer les autres membres, de faire du bénévolat et de participer. Notre communauté est spéciale, profitez-en !


Paul Stack
Président, Specialty Coffee Association

欢迎 SCA







Paul Stack



Welcome to the SCA!

Dear member,

Welcome to the Specialty Coffee Association. It is great to have you on board!

We are confident your membership will enhance your specialty coffee experience. Be it learning more about the amazing journey from seed to beautiful cup or to network with like minded coffee enthusiasts, we are sure we will meet your needs and more you haven’t yet thought of.

You can connect with all your member benefits through, where you will find up to date information on upcoming events, education, research papers and the very latest information in our specialty coffee movement worldwide.

I urge you to take an active role in the association. Opportunities to connect, volunteer and engage are always on our website. Enjoy our special community!

Yours Sincerely,

Paul Stack
President, Specialty Coffee Association