Bellissimo What Makes Us Different

 

What Makes Us Different

  • We started the first coffee and business workshops in the world, and this is now our 16th year of running workshops once a month, every month. Thousands of graduates worldwide have successfully opened coffee shops after graduating with us. See some of their success stories here.

  • Our graduates come from each of the 50 states in the U.S. as well as 35+ countries around the world.

  • Receive award-winning education from industry leaders in the coffee industry, with over 25+ years of experience working with thousands of entrepreneurs.

  • We have been chosen by companies around the world to host trainings and workshops on coffee education. We have worked with companies like Hyatt-Hilton Hotels, Norwegian & Princess Cruise Lines, Mr.Coffee, Monin, Torani Syrups, Coca Cola, Royal Cup Coffee, Swiss Water Decaf, Sheetz Stores and 25+ other organizations.

  • We strive to represent a large array of high quality brands, from roasters to equipment manufacturers, offering you resources, contacts, and exclusive discounts. At the same time, we pride ourselves on remaining as neutral and unbiased as possible.

  • We aim to share a wide variety of brands in the hopes that you can feel confident choosing an espresso machine or a coffee roaster that aligns with your brand’s vision, budget, and goals- no sales pitches, just resources.

  • Portland is the “epicenter of specialty coffee” in the United States. Before or after each day, you’ll have the opportunity to visit unique, independent coffee bars to get great ideas on how independent shops outcompete chain stores.

  • Students get the opportunity to experience and sample our newly updated menu, learning about the importance of a strong food program and how to create an approachable, complimentary menu that increases your check average.

  • Our 2300 sq. foot school is located in the same building as our very successful coffee bar. Part of your training will involve studying and observing workflow and seeing how success is attained in day-to-day staff operations.

  • Your instructors operate multiple retail locations, as well as one of Portland’s premiere roasted coffee brands. We are proud to operate a multi-retail and roasting facility while running coffee business & barista workshops, walking alongside our attendees with relatable experience & commitment to success.

  • We have produced over a dozen training videos and have sold thousands of copies around the world. We have also written and published five award-winning books, including Best Educational Product of the Year by the SCA.

  • Our training is relevant to those with no coffee knowledge, as well as those who are more advanced & experienced.

  • Learn to cup coffee for taste, consistency and flavor. We teach you everything you could ever want to learn about coffee, from seed to cup — so you can better understand the product you are selling to your customers.

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of the business side of coffee. What we teach comes from 25+ years of experience, and our expertise can help you save you tens of thousands of dollars as you move forward with lease negation and buildout.

  • We cap our classes at 12 participants, ensuring you receive the full attention and hands-on training from our award-winning baristas. They walk you through the correct methods of multiple brew processes in your espresso training.

  • Learn the financial-end of profitability and proper staffing for your coffee operation.

  • We teach you to train the trainer, laying the groundwork for implementing a successful training program for your coffee operation. We also created Online Barista Training, a resource to help you standardize training for your baristas.

  • We offer customizable Operations Manuals, Employee Handbooks, and Presentation Business Plans to help you succeed. As a student, you receive 25% off the Employee Handbook and Operations Manual, and 50% off the Presentation Business Plan.

  • We are always here to help you after you finish your week with us in Portland.

  • We are just a phone call away from helping you open your coffee bar and attain profitability.