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About us

About us

The British Coffee Association (BCA) is the representative organisation for the coffee industry in the UK. We are the voice of the UK coffee industry and promote and safeguard members' interests in all matters, from growth, preparation, and pricing to distribution, consumption and sustainability.

We protect and promote coffee and the industry to regulators, politicians, the media and the public whilst also representing the industry on technical issues to regulators and governments. We ensure that there is an accurate understanding of coffee and facilitate networking and training opportunities for our members.

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The BCA was established in March 2001, when it was decided to merge the two existing industry associations - the British Soluble Coffee Manufacturers’ Association (BSCMA) and the Roast and Ground Coffee Association (RGCA). Then, following lengthy discussion during 2007 with the Coffee Trade Federation (CTF), the BCA and CTF agreed to join forces. As from 1st January 2008 it was decided to operate under the title of the British Coffee Association acting as a single entity and being the authority on the coffee trade and industry of the UK.

The BCA operates at all time under the Competition Law Compliance Rules for Food and Drink Federation Members.

What we do:

  • Involve ourselves in all forms of legislation affecting the coffee industry.
  • Focus on assuring compliance with regulations and guiding our members.
  • Actively follow current and upcoming industry issues, and represent the industry on these issues as required.
  • Follow research on coffee and caffeine and advise members on any implications.
  • Provide guidance to regulatory authorities.
  • Act as a trade advisor to DEFRA.
  • Provide a networking platform through membership and social events.
  • Offer an arbitration service through arbitrators’ training courses and workshops.
  • Design and run educational seminars.
  • Work closely with the European Coffee Federation on all coffee-related issues.
  • Provide position statements on all contentious issues.
  • Actively promote the health benefits of coffee consumption.
  • Work to put consumers’ minds at rest regarding coffee and encourage increased consumption in the UK.