Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is this a good investment of my time, effort and money?
A: You know the difference between a regular cup of coffee and a delicious coffee beverage skillfully prepared by an expert Barista. The Canadian Barista and Coffee Academy will turn your good taste into your own business, occupation or simply a way to impress your friends at home. Don’t ever settle for a second rate cup of coffee again.
Q: Do I need a coffee background to take the classes?
A: No, however, the Barista Training Classes should be taken in order: 1) Barista Level 1 then 2) Barista Level II and then 3) Barista Level III
Q: If I sign up for the ”Seasonal Special” 4 day package, do I need to take the classes all at once?
A: It is best, but different arrangements can be made. Please contact us with your special request.
Q: Can I skip Barista Levels I and II and just take Barista Level III?
A: This may put you in a disadvantaged position to other people in the class. For this reason, we recommend you take Barista Level I and II in their entirety. Even experienced Baristas with a couple years of experience can find themselves lagging behind novices whose Baristas careers are just a few hours old. Because a novice has taken Level I and II.
Q: Do you accept international students?
A: Yes, but you must possess intermediate English listening and comprehension skills. We do offer a special ESL class to small groups of 6-8 students.
Is there an age limit for your Barista Courses?
Minimum age requirement is 14 unless accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult also has to pay full price for attending the course.
Q: I am interested in learning the art of coffee roasting. Would you recommend any resources? Do you offer classes?
A: It is not a course we list on our website because of the complexity of skills needed for coffee roasting.
Roasting courses are more often designed for you to buy roasting equipment, to persuade you to believe that anyone can roast - and easily all in one weekend. That is not the purpose of our course, we are not here to sell you equipment, we teach you how to be successful at roasting.
In 3rd wave cafes’ the # 1 seller is espresso based drinks. As a roaster, if you don’t know how to make espresso, dial-in the espresso machine and grinder, or taste for errors then you can’t fix your roasting errors and shouldn’t roast for espresso.
It's not like 20 years ago when you could put any beans in a bag and sell it. The industry has grown so competitive with so many options that you are unlikely to succeed if you can’t make espresso. The roasters that are succeeding are the roasters that know how to ‘really’ make coffee and taste coffee.
At our Vancouver Coffee School we recommend you take our prerequisites Coffee Tasting Level 1 and Barista Level 1 and at our Toronto Coffee School we recommend you take our prerequisites Bean to Cup and Barista Level 1 and then apply to our introduction to coffee roasting business course by sending us an email request for a class.
Q: Are there hotels close by to the Toronto Campus?
Q: Is there Parking on-site at the Toronto Campus?
A: There are a number of parking lots very close by and can range in price from $7 day and up. There is a Green P parking lot#093 about one block away and then there is Carpark #85 which is less then 2 blocks away. You can also use google maps and click on 'search nearby' and enter 'parking' to find more parking spaces available.
Q: Taking transit to the Toronto Canadian Barista and Coffee Academy?
A: It is very convenient to use the subway as there are 2 stations nearby. See the Google map below.
Q: Is there Parking on-site at the Vancouver Campus?
A: Yes, when you arrive at the Vancouver Campus (3711 1st Ave, Burnaby), you will see that you can park wherever it says reserved ECM staff parking only 24 hrs. Please see the picture below.
Q: Travelling into town, and Don't see a date that works for you?
A: Contact us to see how we can accommodate you.
Q: If a class is fully booked, is there a waiting list?
A: Yes, it is possible to add your name to a waiting list. Please contact us if your first choice class is fully booked.
Q: What happens if I cancel?
A: Please check with each campus for their specific refund policy.
Q: Do you have gift cards?
A: Yes, please visit each campus to purchase gift cards.
Q: Where are you located?
In Toronto at 633 Bloor Street W Suite D, Toronto, Ontario
In Greater Vancouver at 3711 1st Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Q: Does the Academy review and endorse coffee related products?
A: We receive lots of requests on a weekly basis and prefer that you send the product to our campus for assessment. We will review your product but will not endorse it. If the product is exceptional then we may feel compelled to feature the product in our classes or blog about it. Send your product to: 3711 1st Ave, Burnaby, BC V5C 3V6. We don't promise anything nor do we accept commissions for reviewing. Please email us to confirm your shipment was received.
Q: Do you have a job board to post open positions from employers?
A: Yes, you can post your jobs on our forum under the category for 'coffee jobs' https://forum.canadianbaristaacademy.com/. Also, you can post it on our facebook page and we will like it and share it on our all of our social platforms.
Q: What courses can I take, to get a job as a barista? Will you be able to help me get a job interview with a coffee shop after I finish the course?
A: Check out our ‘Coffee Jobs Board’ on our forum https://forum.canadianbaristaacademy.com/ for recent job offerings.