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Coffee Business Start-Up and Barista Training

The American Barista & Coffee workshops are designed to give you or your staff the information and training needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive retail specialty coffee market. Workshop sessions include lectures and demonstrations followed by hands-on practice. Our small workshop sizes ensure a personalized experience led by coffee business professionals who have owned and operated successful retail coffee operations.

Bellissimo’s state-of-the-art espresso lab features the latest equipment and products from the specialty coffee industry’s leading companies, and an actual coffee bar setting for “real-life” hands-on practice. Here you will gain the skills needed to develop the menu for your business and prepare not just espresso-based drinks, but also blended drinks, tea, granita, and signature beverages.

This full immersion style class methodology allows you as the business owner to gain the confidence and competency to open and operate your retail coffee business efficiently successfully.

Business Workshop [2 Day]

Cost: $1,250

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This intensive 2 day (14 hour) workshop includes lectures on start-up, operations, management of your own specialty coffee business.

This workshop is designed for entrepreneurs, prospective business owners, existing coffee bar owners, barista trainers, and managers. Our clients have a true passion and dedication for succeeding in specialty coffee retail and want to perfect their craft as a barista.

Business subjects include:

  • A Brief History of the Specialty Coffee Industry
  • Concept Development
  • Business Planning
  • Business Plans
  • Acquiring Financing
  • Finding a Location
  • Negotiating a Lease
  • Coffee Bar Design
  • Cafe Ambiance
  • Selecting Equipment
  • Menu/Products/Recipes/Prices
  • Interviewing and Hiring Employees
  • Employee Training
  • Operational Systems and Controls
  • Financial Projections
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Social Media and Website Significance

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Barista Training [2 Day]

Cost: $1,250

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This is a jam packed two days of intensive hands on training designed to bring your skill as a barista and your understanding of coffee to the next level.

Our unique “Train the Trainer” approach is a  perfect blend of real world scenarios, drink drills, and detail oriented instruction that will both prepare you to successfully run a quality coffee bar and teach others in your organization to do the same.

In those two days (14 hours total) you will learn foundational skills in:

  • equipment maintenance and operation
  • menu development
  • espresso extraction
  • milk steaming
  • latte art
  • work flow
  • speed
  • efficiency and organization

Our goal is that each attendee walk away confident and equipped  to run their coffee bar with knowledge and excellence.

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Advanced Barista Training [1 Day]

Cost: $500

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*All attendees must take our Barista Training prior to attending this workshop.

In this jam packed one day intensive hands on barista training workshop, we will focus on advanced barista techniques, with an emphasis on latte art. This workshop is designed to bring your skill as a barista and your understanding of coffee to the next level.

Our unique “Train the Trainer” approach is a  perfect blend of real world scenarios, drink drills, and detail oriented instruction that will both prepare you to successfully run a quality coffee bar and teach others in your organization to do the same.

In this one day workshop you will learn advanced skills and techniques in:

  • equipment maintenance and operation
  • menu development
  • latte art
  • work flow
  • speed
  • efficiency and organization
  • crafting signature beverages

Our goal is that each student walk away confident and equipped  to run their coffee bar with knowledge and excellence.

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Business & Barista & Advanced Barista Workshop Bundle [5 Day]

Cost: $2,850

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This intensive workshop includes lectures on start-up, operations and management and hands-on training in the espresso lab learning proper beverage preparation.

This week-long, full immersion style class is designed for entrepreneurs, prospective business owners, existing coffee bar owners, barista trainers and managers. Our students have true passion and dedication for succeeding in specialty coffee retail and want to perfect their craft as a barista.

Business subjects include: A Brief History of the Specialty Coffee Industry, Concept Development, Business Planning, Business Plans, Acquiring Financing, Finding a Location, Negotiating a Lease, Coffee Bar Design, Cafe Ambiance, Selecting Equipment, Menu/Products/Recipes/Prices, Interviewing and Hiring Employees, Employee Training, Operational Systems and Controls, Financial Projections, Marketing Your Business, and Social Media and Website Significance.

Espresso Lab practicum subjects include: Grinding, Tamping and Extracting Espresso, Pulling the Perfect Shot of Espresso, Grinder and Machine Basics, Steaming and Foaming Milk for Lattes and Cappuccinos, Hot and Cold Drink Recipe Basics, Blended Drinks, Smoothie and Granita Overview, Food in your Operation Discussion, Cleaning and Machine Maintenance, Coffee History, Customer Service, Principles of Latte Art and Pouring Latte Art.

Introduction to Roasting Workshop [1 Day]

Cost: $500

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Add this workshop to the bundle for additional savings!

This workshop’s aim is to give you a broad look at coffee processing, from farm to roastery, with a special attention to roasting. Topics include:

  • Coffee Origin Cupping:
    • An Introductory cupping based on four different origins, highlighting how we talk and think about coffee from around the globe.
  • The Coffee Seed: History, Agronomy, Processing and Transportation
    • An examination of the coffee plant and its many variations, the determinates of growing coffee, milling practices, and a brief look at how coffee is transported.
  • Roasting Science: The Roast Curve and Chemical Reactions in Roasting
    • A breakdown of how we as roasters manipulate time and temperature. An overview of some of the chemical reactions behind these decisions: dry distillation, maillard reactions, caramelization,  and their by-products.
  • Roast Profile Cupping:
    • A cupping of four different roast profiles that expands on our discussion of roasting profiles, and provides a greater understanding of the role roast plays in the final product.
  • Roasting Equipment: Roaster Mechanics, Roaster Types, Roaster Safety
    • A look at the basic anatomy of a roaster, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, the pros vs. cons of different type and make roasters, and how to protect ourselves against and react to roaster fires/hazards.
  • Roast!
    • With the roaster’s guidance, using the tools we’ve learned, we’ll walk through a production batch together.

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Corporate Workshops

Many companies in the specialty coffee industry need specific information in order to grow. Some businesses want to enter into specialty coffee, but first need information and guidance.

ABCs provides a “think tank” environment for your company representatives in an environment free from the daily demands of your normal company business. Here they can learn about specialty coffee and design your strategy. For those companies not currently in the specialty coffee industry but wanting to make coffee a part of their program, ABCs can help develop and fine-tune a specific business strategy that meets the mission and goals of your business.

Our knowledge of the specialty coffee industry and our expertise in marketing and public relations make us the logical choice for companies looking to expand or develop their own programs. With the help of ABCs corporate consulting and training services, your company can improve its visibility and bottom line.

We invite you to send your executives, sales representatives and employees to a customized two or three-day corporate barista training and business seminar with American Barista & Coffee Workshops. We will design a seminar to fit your company’s specific needs.

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For all of our workshops…

Cost of Workshop includes lunch courtesy of Bellissimo, a binder full of workshop materials, and a USB drive packed with resources.

Additional discounts apply for groups of 2 or more. Custom classes are also available. If you are unable to make the trip out to Portland, OR for our classes, don’t worry, we can come to you! We are able to visit your site to either set up training and work with you and your staff one on one.

 

Students receive free samples and give aways from our sponsors, as well as discounts on products, equipment, etc. when applicable.

All ABCs attendees receive special discounts on Bellissimo educational books and DVDs and discounts on lodging at Portland’s finest hotels.

In addition, attendees receive a exclusive access to Bellissimo Coffee Advisors Consulting Services.

Please review our Terms of Agreement before registering.