Lectures & Education



The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) is proud to introduce its new unified education program. This program consists of education in the following specialties within the coffee industry: Introduction to Coffee, Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Sensory Skills, Roasting.  Together these modules of learning are known as the SCA Coffee Skills Program. Students can take advantage of learning through three stages of knowledge and skills in each module: Foundation, Intermediate and Professional.

The Coffee Skills Program is the result of more than a year’s worth of collaborative work between professionals from both the American and European specialty coffee communities — involving passionate volunteers from the heritage SCAA’s Pathway Committees and the heritage SCAE's European Coffee Diploma System Creator groups.  Attendees can complete foundations or intermediate level modules during their expo visit; to view available classes and register, click the button below.

Additional information about the Coffee Skills Program



We know everyone is busy during Expo and sometimes you don’t have time to do it all.  So this year in addition to Lectures, we are offering two different types of classroom learning that are tailored to fit your goals and schedule.  The SCA Coffee Skills Program courses are one to two days in length and upon successfully passing the exams, you earn a certificate. If your schedule doesn’t allow for that or your educational goal is a bit different, why not explore our Workshops.  These are one to three hour classes (with no certificate credit) that allow you to dive deep into certain specialty coffee topics. 



Each year, the Specialty Coffee Expo welcomes industry respected experts who inspire, educate and motivate nearly 14,000 coffee professionals to reach for their goals and expand their coffee knowledge. Lecture presenters are carefully vetted experts who are highly enthusiastic about their area of expertise and have a strong desire to share that knowledge for the betterment of the industry. Click below to learn more!


Additional information about Expo Lectures



Learn something new at this year's Scientific Poster Session. Make connections, advance your coffee science knowledge and learn about the most recent and compelling researching happening in the coffee industry. Posters will be on display throughout the show with special meet-and-greet sessions with the scientists. Click below to learn more!