Viva Espresso!

San Salvador, El Salvador

World Barista Champion – Alejandro Mendez

We highly recommend anyone seriously interested in becoming a professional barista, opening a coffee bar or roastery to attend a workshop with Bellissimo.  It will be without a doubt your best investment.

Our journey with specialty coffee started at Bellissimo Coffee Advisors in November 2005. Making Bellissimo our starting point has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.  At Bellissimo we learned about the basics of operating a coffee business.  Most importantly though, about the craftsmanship that goes into preparing espresso through a perfect balance of theory and hands-on training.

The knowledge that we gained at Bellissimo inspired us to aim for the highest levels of coffee excellence, so we decided to train our staff to compete at barista championships.  Our baristas won 7 consecutive national barista championships (from 2008 to 2014).  Then, at the World Barista Championship they took top honors winning 1st place in 2011, reaching Finals twice (2013 and 2014) and the Semifinals 2 times as well (2010 and 2012).

During this time, we came back to Bellissimo to learn about roasting and cupping.  This gave us the confidence to start our roastery and the knowledge to grow it.

We can’t think of a better place to have begun our careers in specialty coffee other than Bellissimo Coffee Advisors!