The Canadian Barista Academy was founded in 2001, by the sanctioned organizers of the Canadian Barista Championships. The Academy was created to run the championship by organizing volunteers and training judges for the competition.

In order to finance these activities, we organized a seminar workshop held once a year to raise funds to subsidize the budgets.

The growing popularity of the Canadian Barista Championships, led to an expansion to four Canadian Regional Championships. Regional seminar workshops accompanied these events to finance infrastructure such as the live stream broadcasts.

To our surprise, we started receiving requests from across Canada asking us "When is your next class?" and "When are you coming back to our city?" "Do I have to wait for next year?"

We realized there was a need for a neutral, unaffiliated, academic and educational organization to push the Canadian coffee industry standards forward.

Canadian Barista Academy Today

Currently the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy has three permanent campuses located in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. And, from time to time, we teach in the major cities across Canada.

The following images are screenshots from our old website:

Home Page from the old Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy website

the 2nd page from the old website
third page from the old Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy website