About Topeca Instruments Division
SCA Premier Training Campus
Topeca Instruments Division (TID) is a Premier Authorized Campus located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, delivering professional coffee education under the Specialty Coffee Association Coffee Skills Program. Our goal is to make industry education convenient and approachable for anyone seeking to develop skills and knowledge in the specialty coffee trade. Whether you are brand new to specialty coffee, or are a working professional looking to continue your education, TID offers a variety of trade-specific courses from beginner to professional level.
Why Choose Topeca?
Central Geographic Location
Learn From Award Winning Coffee Experts
Learn in a Premier Campus Specifically Designed for Coffee Education
Great Culinary Scene
Many Craft Breweries and Distilleries
Many Specialty Coffee Roasters and Cafes
Gathering Place for Tulsa (Best New Attraction 2018, USA Today)
And Much More…
Our Experience and Track Record
Topeca Coffee Roasters has been in the specialty industry since 2005. We began as coffee farmers on the Santa Ana volcano in El Salvador over 150 years ago. We became a vertically integrated coffee business in 2002; investing in a mill, roastery, and retail cafes. We coined this model “Seed-to-Cup.” Operating as a Seed-to-Cup coffee company has given us a unique perspective within the industry; one that allows us to see the “big picture,” and understand the intricacies of every step of the supply chain.
Your classes and candid real-world experience reinvigorated my passion for knowledge, and sparked a desire to dig even deeper. It was great to be around people who are so passionate about roasting and brewing amazing coffee – and are open to speaking about the pro’s and con’s of it all! I truly believe that experiences like [I had at TID] last week can change the future for a small business like mine, so thank you for being a positive influence on my journey.
– Matt Yarmey
Pure Intentions Coffee
My experience at Topeca was very inspiring. It was encouraging to see such a quality and detailed oriented staff. I took the Gold cup Technician pathway, the course work was taught in a very proficient manner and the bonus material that Ian provided far surpassed the cost of the course. I will be a returning student!
– Raymond Orate
Zumbar Coffee & Tea
I just completed the Roasters 2 training and could not be more pleased. The instructors were very knowledgeable and were good at teaching, the environment was top notch, and having everything bundled together – including hotel – was most helpful. It was great having other roasters in the class to be able to learn and share from each other about our businesses.
Great job Topeca!
– Quinn Shultz
Peritus Coffee Roasters
Ian made this entire experience not only very much worth my time educationally, but also made me feel warm and welcome. He is incredibly informed in so many areas, I hold him in very high regard!
– Anonymous TID Student
Ian was incredibly knowledgeable about the science of coffee and sensory evaluation. I learned a lot about cupping, how to properly score and evaluate beans (green and roasted). These classes definitely helped further my sensory skills and experience in the Specialty Coffee industry
– Anonymous TID Student
The whole Topeca team is not only great at what they do but they are some of the nicest and most down to earth people. They were excellent in communicating details leading up to the class, they were so friendly when I arrived, and they were transparent in their knowledge – they held nothing back. The money that was spent to take this class was well worth the amount of knowledge I received.
– Katie Dawson
Oklahoma City, OK
I took the Golden Cup and the Coffee Taster Packages here hoping for a smaller class size and less distractions than what is offered at SCAA Expo or Barista Camp. That’s exactly what I got. Ian Picco has a wealth of knowledge and conveys it very well to the diverse mix of coffee professionals attending here in Tulsa. The TID lab is a great learning environment and thoughtfully designed. Thanks to Chip and everyone at Topeca for your hospitality!
– Colin Shannon
Future Retail Owner/Barista
Ian was such a great instructor. I learned a ton. Topeca did an amazing job, I can’t say enough about how impressed I was and felt like I got what I paid for and more. I can still taste the top notch espresso and loved the warming hospitality from the entire staff.
– Anonymous TID Student
I attended Roaster Level 1 at Topeca. I found the information and experience to be invaluable to my new roasting company. Ian always makes him self available for advice; he has a vast knowledge of the coffee industry. Thank you for all your help!
– Rick Hessner
Royal Bean, Dallas
About the Trainers
Ian Picco has been working in specialty coffee since 2004, when he started his career as a barista. He continued his work as barista until 2009 when he joined the production team at Topeca’s roastery. He’s been in his current role as Director of Coffee since 2012. He has experience working many roles throughout the supply chain including: barista, roastery production, production roasting, quality control, cupping, origin green production, green buying, customer service, consultation and education. Ian is the current United States Roaster Champion.
Ian has been teaching coffee professionals since 2013 at many venues including SCA Expo, Roasters Guild Retreat, and Topeca’s Premier Campus, Topeca Instruments Division. As an Authorized SCA Trainer, Ian is certified in teaching Professional levels of both Roasting and Sensory Skills modules.
Ian is a past chair for the heritage SCAA Coffee Taster Pathway Committee, and is current chair of the SCA CPS Sensory Skills Creator Group. He volunteers regularly for the SCA and Roasters Guild of America, lending his expertise and sharing his passion for coffee with all he meets.
Aside from coffee, he has a deep passion for culinary science and art, and an ongoing interest in sustainable agriculture and industrial manufacturing. He loves spending time with his wife and daughter, and can spotted around town driving his 1970’s automobiles and motorcycles.
Tyler Duncan began his coffee career as a Starbucks barista in 2013, where he coincidentally met his lovely wife, also a barista. Tyler joined Topeca in 2014, and quickly established himself in the Barista community as a world class educator and stand-up fellow. Tyler works as Topeca’s Wholesale Trainer, and SCA Campus Manager. Tyler was a finalist in the 2018 US Brewers Cup Championship.
Tyler also teaches at many venues, including SCA Expo, Barista Camp, various SCA Authorized Training Venues and Topeca Instruments Division. As an AST, Tyler specializes in both the Brewing and Barista Skills curriculum.
Tyler has served on the heritage SCAA Barista Pathway Committee, and continues to contribute to the content creation of both the Brewing and Barista Skills CSP modules.
Tyler is a nut about smoking meat, drying jerky, and above all the art of the taco. He was once a drummer on the drum line, and therefore operates at a tempo allegro.