Frequently Asked Questions

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 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: 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: Are there hotels or B & Bs close by?

A: In Toronto there are Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels that offer our students preferred corporate rates. In the Greater Vancouver area there are Hotels nearby our Vancouver Campus that also provide discounted rates. 

You can also copy and paste our address into Google and Trip Advisor and look for places to stay nearby... 

Q: Is there Parking on-site? 

A: Click here for parking Nearby the Toronto Campus and nearby the Vancouver Campus you can use the parking lot adjacent to the entrance.

Q: Taking transit to the Academy?

A: Toronto Campus: It is very convenient to use public transit to arrive at the Academy. There are 2 stations nearby (Christie and Bathurst). See the Google map for more details and visit this page for more info on using the train.

Vancouver Campus: visit this page for more detailed info.

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: What happens if I need to re-schedule or cancel?

A: Please refer to our Refund Policy

Q: I am interested in learning the art of coffee roasting. Would you recommend any resources? Do you offer classes?

A: Our Vancouver Campus offers course on Coffee Roasting and the business. 

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 Toronto Coffee School we recommend you take our prerequisites Bean to Cup and Barista Level 1 and then apply to our coffee roasting business course (currently only available in Vancouver).

Q:If I sign up for the ”Coffee Business and Barista Training Bundle (4days)” package, do I need to take the classes all at once?

A: You can choose any available date on the calendar for each of the classes that comprise the 4day course. Or you can email us directly so that we can help you select dates and times to complete your course selections and purchase.

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. To register and for more details, please contact us.

Q: Do you have a job board to post open positions from employers?

A: Yes, you can post your jobs on our facebook Job Board page and I will like it and share it to our twitter account.

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: 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.