SCA's Stamp of Approval

These Are the Only Coffee Makers You Should Buy, Say the World’s Most Rigorous Testers


March 7, 2019 Home By

The Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) holy list of certified coffee brewers has been updated.

Easily the most rigorous third-party testing program for coffee makers, the SCA’s brutal inspection and testing standards now certifies ultra-high performance in 23 different brewers — a significant growth, but still a small count relative to the number of drip coffee brewers out there.

What changed? Oxo’s Barista Brain ($200), Breville’s Precision Brewer ($300), Bonavita’s One-Touch ($100) and more of our favorites made the cut, but both KitchenAid’s compact and affordable brewer ($115+) and Wilfa’s Precision maker ($90) were dropped from the list.

The biggest shift pertains to Technivorm, whose Moccamaster became the first ever SCA-approved brewer. Joining the original model are a whopping 11 new Moccamasters of differing size and looks.

If you want to read more on what the SCA tests for, both its minimum requirements for certification and extraction performance and consistency evaluation processes are available to anybody.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch ($100)
Oxo 9-Cup Barista Brain ($200)
Breville Precision Brewer ($300)
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