COFFEE BREWING QUALITY PROGRAMME
The European Coffee Brewing Centre (ECBC) was established in 1971 by The Norwegian Coffee Association. ECBC is an independent testing authority.The mission of ECBC is to test coffee brewing equipment according to The Gold Cup Standard. This standard is based upon scientific research from the Pan American Coffee Institute, European Coffee Brewing Centre and Specialty Coffee Association. The test program is developed by coffee science experts and professional coffee tasters to ensure precise standards for brewer evaluation. The coffee brewing equipment that passes the tests will be allowed to carry the Seal of Approval.
The centre was supported financially by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) for many years. SCA and ECBC are co-operating on the programme based on the same criterias. Many of the large international manufacturers of coffee brewing equipment send their brewers to ECBC to test for approval.