The SCAA 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 SCAA Certified Brewers have met these requirements, which are based generally on proper water temperature, brewing time, and ability to brew within the SCAA Gold Cup recommendations. If a brewer passes all of the tests as described below and conducted by the SCAA, that brewer will be recognized as an exemplary home brewer and join the short list of SCAA Certified Brewers.
As of 2014, the SCAA 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.
At this time, current SCAA Certified Home Brewers are:
- Technivorm Moccamaster
- Bunn Phase Brew 8 Cup Coffee Brewer
- Bonavita 8 Cup Exceptional Brew Coffee Maker with glass or thermal carafe
- Brazen Plus Customizable Temperature Control Brew System
- KitchenAid Coffee Maker KCM0802
- Bonavita Coffee Maker (model BV1900TS)
Past SCAA Certified Home Brewers are:
- Lance Larkin BE 112 Brew Express
2013/2014 Year Brewer Testing Schedule
The new SCAA 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:
|1st||November 24-28, 2014|
|2nd||February 16-20, 2015*|
|3rd||May 18-22, 2015|
|4th||August 17-21, 2015|
*This will be the final round of testing before the SCAA Event, 2015
Brewer Submission and Fee Information
To submit a brewer for testing, you will need to:
- Submit this online form at the time of brewer submission
- Pay the testing fee of $750, which is available for purchase at the SCAA online store here.
- Submit five* production-manufactured** brewers with all manuals, instructions, and handbooks to:
SCAA Science Manager
117 W 4th St, Suite 300
Santa Ana, CA 92701
*Brewer manufacturers will be asked to submit a minimum of 5 and up to 10 individual brewers for testing.
**If a brewer manufacturer wishes to submit a prototype, in-development brewer, please contact Emma Bladyka 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 SCAA tests and enters a certification agreement with the SCAA, it will be considered a SCAA Certified Home Brewer. The brewer will be listed on the SCAA web site as an exemplary home brewer. Use of the SCAA logo on packaging or other marketing materials is mandatory, in accordance to the certification agreement, which will become available to brewer manufacturers on inquiry after their brewer passes all SCAA brewer testing.
If you are interested in submitting a brewer and have questions, please contact the SCAA Coffee Science Manager Emma Bladyka for more information.
All brewer manufacturers that submit a brewer for testing will receive a full testing report upon completion, whether the brewer passes or fails the testing. The report will be delivered within two weeks of testing.
If the brewer passes all SCAA tests and enters a certification agreement with the SCAA, it will be considered an SCAA Certified Home Brewer. The brewer will be listed on the SCAA web site as an exemplary home brewer.
Use of the SCAA 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 comprise of yearly licensing fees of $3000 per year for three years.
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 SCAA for continued participation in this certification program. For this re-testing, the SCAA 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.
If you are interested in submitting a brewer and have questions, please contact the SCAA Coffee Science Manager at Emma Bladyka for more information.
SCAA's Minimum Certification Requirements for Coffee BrewersPlease click on a requirement below to see more information, or click here to view as a PDF or download these requirements to your computer.
1. Coffee Volume:
2. Brewing Time:
3. Brewing Temperature:
4. Beverage Preparation:
5. Uniformity of Performance:
6. Uniformity of Extraction:
7. Beverage Clarity:
8. Holding Receptacle & Temperature:
9. Operating Manuals and other Instructional Materials:
Testing Procedures:Click a requirement below to see more information.
a. Batch Size:
e. Coffee to Water Ratios:
f. Water Supply: