The Association’s major aim is to protect and to promote the interests of its members within Switzerland.
The SCTA currently comprises 46 members, mainly industry and trade.
Industry members range from local roasters to divisions of worldwide manufacturers. Likewise, our trade members include those solely supplying the smaller roasters to the multinational houses.
Our Statutes allow membership of companies not directly involved in trading or manufacturing. We, therefore, welcome those involved in e.g. financing, risk management, insurance, transportation, warehousing as well as other associations with an interest in coffee.
Although Switzerland is a relatively small consumer, volume wise our members handle in excess of half of world coffee exports from producing countries.
Historical background of the Swiss Roaster Guild (SRG):
The SRG was founded in the early 1970s as the Swiss Association of Coffee Importers and Roasters (known by its German initials “SVK”) in the context of the hospitality sector. After the strategic upheaval of the mid-eighties, it was decided that the SRG should represent roasters and importers involved in the catering sector. Our current association members, whether coffee roasters, importers or traders, are all committed to represent higher quality-standards and to apply outstanding customer services.
We offer the customers a well-above-average market performance that stands up to international comparison in terms of high, verifiable quality monitored by outside experts. The demanding quality requirements concerned are revised by the corresponding management board.
Coffees supplied under the banner of the Speciality Coffee Association are top-quality products in terms of flavour characteristics, obtained from beans cultivated under the best-possible conditions. They are therefore available only in limited quantities. Expert cultivation and roasting are both reflected in the sensory qualities of the coffee in the cup.
All factors determining the coffee’s quality, along the entire value-added chain from plantation to cup, are based on clearly established, consistently applied ethics and principles of sustainability. All parties involved in that value-added chain work together with the SCA to link and promote the interests of its members. Coffee commodity traders, roasters, manufacturers and distributors of coffee machines, coffee-processing plants, coffee shops, cafés, restaurants and coffee-related companies and associations. Along with coffee aficionados and professional baristi.
Education and training are vital for improving the quality of the coffee in the cup. The SCA’s training programmes and certification schemes help to promote the necessary principles and standards. The SCA’s Coffee Diploma System consists of three levels with six modules each. Each module allows the candidate to accumulate points that help him or her to attain the level of qualification concerned. This allows candidates to configure a programme that matches their own particular interests.
The members of Procafé process, trade in or sell coffee or products containing coffee.
Procafé handles coffee-related public relations work:
Using different forms of media, such as pictures, brochures and film, Procafé informs about various aspects of coffee, particularly about the coffee plant, its cultivation and origin, the production, processing and trade as well as traditions, products and recipes in several countries.
Procafé maintains an efficient monitoring for the areas of health, food safety and sustainability and ensures the respective media work.