The Association Scientifique Internationale pour le Café (ASIC) was founded in 1966 following two colloquia on coffee organized in Paris by the Institut Français du Café et du Cacao (IFCC). It was created to fulfill the unanimously expressed desire of the participants at these meetings to dispose of a permanent organization, which would periodically bring together specialists from all over the world working in the different fields of coffee science and technology. ASIC gives them an opportunity of presenting and comparing their investigations.

In September 2006, the General Assembly approved the change of ASIC’s name to “Association for the Science and Information on Coffee - Association pour la Science et l'Information sur le Café”. Since its creation, ASIC has organized a series of international scientific conferences in different coffee producing or consuming countries (ASIC Mission). The 24th conference was held in November 2012 in San José (Costa Rica).

Today, ASIC is the only completely independent organization in the world whose scientific vocation is specifically devoted to the coffee tree, the coffee bean and the coffee drink. It is also the only one which, through its periodical international conferences, offers specialists in different disciplines the possibility of meeting and becoming familiar with each other's work.