To start the process of getting a model approved, it is necessary to fill out the submission form with the necessary information.

The next step is to make an agreement for test between the European Coffee Brewing Center (ECBC) and the Manufacturer/Brand Owner. The agreement also serves as a declaration of confidentiality.

The purpose of this agreement is to test coffee equipment according to the Gold Cup Standard.

An appointment is made for testing of the equipment which is sent to ECBC within the agreed time.

A work shop can be offered if your product is in an early stage of development, or you want to learn more about the certification requirements and the approval program..

The test fee must be paid prior to test start. Equipment that does not qualify for approval may be retested after modifications have been made. Full test fee will apply for each new test.


When the tests are completed, the ECBC will provide the manufacturer with a test report.

If the coffee brewing equipment meets the approval criteria after test completion, there will be an option for the Manufacturer/ Brand owner to sign a Licence Agreement with the ECBC.

Only manufacturers/brand owners with ECBC approved equipment are entitled to use the ECBC seal of approval. The Licence Agreement must be signed by both parties and all invoices must have been paid.

After the License Agreement is signed, ECBC will make a press release and include the equipment in the list of approved models. ECBC will co-operate with the manufacturer on launch and marketing.