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 Golden 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
  • Behmor Connected Brewer or Behmor Connected Coffee Brew System
  • KitchenAid Coffee Maker KCM0802
  • KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer (model KCM0801OB)
  • Bonavita Coffee Maker (model BV1900TS)
  • Bonavita BV1900TD 8-Cup Digital Coffee Brewer
  • OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
  • OXO On 12-Cup Coffee Maker
  • Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker
  • BUNN 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
  • Behmor Brazen Connected 8 Cup Coffee Maker
  • Cuisinart PurePrecision™ Pour Over Coffee Brewer

Past SCAA Certified Home Brewers are:

  • Lance Larkin BE 112 Brew Express
  • Bonavita 8 Cup Exceptional Brew Coffee Maker with glass or thermal carafe
    (BV1800 and 1800SS)
  • Bunn Phase Brew 8 Cup Coffee Brewer

2016/2017 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 August 2016
2nd December 16-22 2016
3rd March 27 - April 2, 2017*
4th May/June 2017

*This will be the final round of testing before the SCAA Event, 2017.

Please note: Starting in 2017, the brewer testing fee will increase to $1800 (members) and $2000 non-members per brewer model per testing.

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 $1800, which is available to purchase after you complete the above online form.
  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 Sage 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 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 are comprised of yearly licensing fees of $5000 per year for three years.

If you are interested in submitting a brewer and have questions, please contact the SCAA Coffee Science Manager Emma Sage for more information.

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 Sage 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:

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a. Batch Size:
b. Coffee:
c. Grind:
d. Water:
e. Coffee to Water Ratios:
f. Water Supply: