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.
Since 2001, we have trained thousands of baristas and coffee entrepreneurs in the art and science of coffee preparation excellence. We’ve raised coffee making and presentation to new heights, improving coffee quality by disseminating knowledge across Canada.
Principals of the Academy have played an active role in the specialty coffee industry for many years, establishing the country’s first educational Coffee and Tea trade show forum, and the National and Regional Canadian Barista Championships.
The Academy’s instructors for “Opening a Coffee Business” and coffee education seminars have over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and U.S. specialty markets.
Our trainers have been involved as competitors, judges and facilitators at the Canadian Barista Championships . They will provide you with industry-standard expertise and hands on instruction in espresso preparation and latte art skills.
Canadian Barista Academy Today
Currently the Canadian Barista Academy is teaching in virtual campuses in four major cities across Canada and growing.
The Canadian Barista Academy's education focus is to be an open source academy that allows industry professionals to plug in and become involved as faculty. Our instructors are actively involved in building course content and in research and development for the coffee industry. Over the past 15 years, we have worked with some of the most talented coffee professionals from around the world; Canadian and World champions.
We stand proudly behind our course content, our instructors, our growing international reputation and our thousands of graduating students, many who have gone on to forge solid careers in the coffee industry both in Canada and internationally.