The Program


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)

*This model will be available for purchase in September.

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:


Quarter Testing Dates
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:

  1. Submit this online form at the time of brewer submission
  2. Pay the testing fee of $750, which is available for purchase at the SCAA online store here.
  3. 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 it is 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 contingent on quantity based licensing fees, 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 it is 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 contingent on a certification in good standing, completed licensing agreement, and fees paid before logos are used by the certified brewer manufacturer. Fees comprise of the following yearly licensing fees.
Year Logo use Fee (USD)
1st $1500
2nd $2500
3rd $2500

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 Brewers

Please 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:
b. Coffee:
c. Grind:
d. Water:
e. Coffee to Water Ratios:
f. Water Supply: