SCA's Stamp of Approval

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


October 16, 2019 Home By
Braun's new MultiServe coffee brewers are the brand's first to meet SCA standards.

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 28 different brewers — a five brewer increase since early this year, but still a small count relative to the number of drip coffee brewers out there.

What’s new? Three new brands got their first brewers on the list. Brim’s 8-Cup Pour-Over Brewer ($150) introduces a Chemex-like carafe and the first-ever SCA-approved brewer with a permanent mesh filter. Braun, a company more associated with electric razors than coffee brewing, had two versions of the same brewer make the cut — the MultiServe ($200) is a bulky, button-covered machine that, apart than quick pots of good coffee, offers options for brewing directly over ice, single-cup brewing and a handy cleaning cycle feature. Lastly, blender-famous brand Ninja released a brewer ($150) with similar features to Braun’s brewer, including single-cup brewing and a function specifically for brewing over ice.

Long-time favorites like Oxo’s Barista Brain ($200), Breville’s Precision Brewer ($240), Bonavita’s One-Touch ($100) and a host of Moccamasters all remain on the list.

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.

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