What is a Pathway?

An SCA educational Pathway is a program designed to give you the knowledge, hands on experience and industry connections to pursue a successful career in the specialty coffee industry.  There are four Pathways available to pursue: the Barista Pathway, Roaster Pathway, Coffee Buyer Pathway, and Coffee Taster Pathway. The Golden Cup Technician certificate program is also available for brewing and grinding education.

Pathway classes are available in both classroom and online versions and are offered throughout the year. Students have the option of attending Pathway classes either at an SCA event, online, or at an official SCA campus.


How a Pathway Program Works

Every student begins with Foundations, which serves as the introduction to all of the Pathways and builds a vocabulary, both spoken and sensed, that will serve each subsequent class in any chosen course of study. Once the Foundations coursework is complete, students may begin their focused work in classes specific to their career objectives.


Why Choose SCA Pathways?

SCA educational Pathway programs are internationally recognized and respected as the premier source of industry knowledge and the source of great coffee professionals. Many companies state that they seek out and show hiring preference to professionals who are Pathway graduates.  If you’re serious about a career in coffee, SCA Pathways can prepare you for success.