Federico & Lily Bolaños

viva espresso

Viva Espresso!

San Salvador, El Salvador

World Barista Champion – Alejandro Mendez

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

Our journey in 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 and most importantly about the craftsmanship that goes into preparing espresso through a perfect balance of theory and hands-on training.

The knowledge gained at Bellissimo inspired us to aim for the highest levels of coffee excellence, so we trained our staff to compete at barista championships.  Our baristas won 7 consecutive national barista championships (from 2008 to 2014) and 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!

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