Professional Associations

La Prima Espresso Company is a member of, and prescribes to the philosophy of the following organizations:

  • SCAA
    • The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) was formed in 1982 by a small group of coffee professionals seeking a common forum to discuss issues and set quality standards for the specialty coffee trade. They are the world’s largest coffee trade association with more than 3,000 company members. Although most members of the SCAA are located in the United States, they are involved in coffee production, roasting and brewing all over the world. They are working to improve the quality of specialty coffee from “seed to cup” and to ensure that it will be available well into the next century.
    • The SCAA gives the Golden Cup Award annually to retailers and restaurants whose specialty coffee is properly ground and brewed. To be eligible for the award, the retailer must prepare its coffee according to the SCAA’s precise brewing standards. (source: SCAA website)
  • The Roaster’s Guild
    • The Roasters Guild is a trade guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America consisting of specialty roasters dedicated to the craft of roasting quality coffee. The Guild promotes quality as the principal standard of success, aims to further roasters’ knowledge of the history, fundamentals, art and science of coffee roasting as well as furthering skill in these areas. They encourage interaction, communication, understanding, and cooperation between specialty roasters and acts as the representative voice of roasters in the specialty coffee industry. (source: The Roaster’s Guild website)
  • Espresso Italiano (Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano)

    • Espresso Italiano (INEI) is an Italian organization that safeguards and promotes espresso made in the true Italian style. Espresso Italiano guarantees consumers who choose to drink espresso at coffee bars, a strict technical specification has been issued, requiring the use of a certified coffee blend, certified equipment (machine and grinder-dispenser) and licensed personnel. Only in this way you can get a Certified Italian Espresso, the perfect espresso. (source: INEI webite)
  • Slow Food
    • Slow Food International is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
      Slow Food International has a Pittsburgh convivium that is quite active. Check them out for upcoming events!