The American Barista & Coffee School Classes

ABCS workshops are designed to give you or your staff the information and training needed to succeed in today's highly competitive retail specialty coffee market. Workshop sessions include lectures and demonstrations followed by hands-on practice. Our small workshop sizes insure a personalized experience led by coffee business professionals who have owned and operated successful retail coffee operations.

The ABCS state-of-the-art espresso lab features the latest equipment and products from the specialty coffee industry's leading companies, and an actual coffee bar setting for "real-life" hands-on pratice. Here you will gain the skills needed to develop the menu for your business and prepare not just espresso-based drinks, but also blender drinks, smoothies and light food items such as panini. 

This full immersion style class methodology allows you as the business owner to gain the confidence and competency to open and operate your retail coffee business efficiently successfully.

We include a Business Presentation Plan template in our five and six day workshops to better prepare you for your specialty coffee journey.  This template is a $1,295 value and is a beautiful and comprehensive business plan and includes an executive summary, description of the business, product descriptions, location, company principles, additional expertise, target market analysis, related competition, marketing techniques, and menu specifications to be customized to your business. 

Business & Barista + Introduction to Coffee Roasting Workshop [6-Day]

$3395

We include a Business Presentation Plan Template with our five and six day workshops!  This $1,295 value is a beautiful and comprehensive business plan and includes an executive summary, description of the business, product descriptions, location, company principles, additional expertise, target market analysis, related competition, marketing techniques, and menu specifications to be customized to your business. 

This intensive workshop includes lectures on start-up, operations and management and hands-on training in the espresso lab learning proper beverage and food preparation.

This week-long, full immersion style class is designed for entrepreneurs, prospective business owners, existing coffee bar owners, barista trainers and managers. Our students have true passion and dedication for succeeding in specialty coffee retail and want to perfect their craft as a barista. 

Business subjects include: A Brief History of the Specialty Coffee Industry, Concept Development, Business Planning, Business Plans, Acquiring Financing, Finding a Location, Negotiating a Lease, Coffee Bar Design, Cafe Ambiance, Selecting Equipment, Menu/Products/Recipes/Prices, Interviewing and Hiring Employees, Employee Training, Operational Systems and Controls, Financial Projections, Marketing Your Business, and Social Media and Website Significance.

Espresso Lab practicum subjects include: Grinding, Tamping and Extracting Espresso, Pulling the Perfect Shot of Espresso, Grinder and Machine Basics, Steaming and Foaming Milk for Lattes and Cappuccinos, Hot and Cold Drink Recipe Basics, Blended Drinks, Smoothie and Granita Overview, Food in your Operation Discussion, Cleaning and Machine Maintenance, Coffee History, Customer Service, Principles of Latte Art and Pouring Latte Art.

Roasting Lab practicum subjects include: Introduction to Roaster Types (air, drum) and sizes for your cafe or business, how roasters work, how they toast the coffee seed, history of roasting, how to select green coffee and how to get it delivered, either through importers or direct. Hands-on roasting on a sample roaster and full size production (18kilo) roasting workshop, roasting three different roast-levels. 

Also conducted is an aroma sensory demo & discussion. Cupping of previous roasts, discussion of difference in profiles. Blending concepts Cupping of regional varietals & process, Discussion of roast profiles per region & process, how they differ & how they are similar, Open forum, Q&A

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Business & Barista Workshop [5-Day]

$2895

We include a Business Presentation Plan Template with our five and six day workshops!  This $1,295 value is a beautiful and comprehensive business plan and includes an executive summary, description of the business, product descriptions, location, company principles, additional expertise, target market analysis, related competition, marketing techniques, and menu specifications to be customized to your business. 

This intensive workshop includes lectures on start-up, operations, management, and hands-on training in the espresso lab learning proper beverage and food preparation. This five-day, full immersion style class is designed for entrepreneurs, prospective business owners, existing coffee bar owners, barista trainers and managers. Our students have a true passion and dedication for succeeding in specialty coffee retail, and want to perfect their craft as a barista. 

Business subjects include: A Brief History of the Specialty Coffee Industry, Concept Development, Business Planning, Business Plans, Acquiring Financing, Finding a Location, Negotiating a Lease, Coffee Bar Design, Cafe Ambiance, Selecting Equipment, Menu/Products/Recipes/Prices, Interviewing and Hiring Employees, Employee Training, Operational Systems and Controls, Financial Projections, Marketing Your Business, and Social Media and Website Significance.

Espresso Lab practicum subjects include: Grinding, Tamping and Extracting Espresso, Pulling the Perfect Shot of Espresso, Grinder and Machine Basics, Steaming and Foaming Milk for Lattes and Cappuccinos, Hot and Cold Drink Recipe Basics, Blended Drinks, Smoothie and Granita Overview, Food in your Operation Discussion, Cleaning and Machine Maintenance, Coffee History, Customer Service, Principles of Latte Art and Pouring Latte Art.

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Coffee Roasting Workshop [3-Day]

$1995

This thorough, in-depth workshop features lectures on the coffee roasting process: green coffee production, sourcing and purchasing, roasting, roast profiling, cupping, and brewing methods.  This class is geared toward prospective or current coffee business owners, entrepreneurs, or individuals with the passion and desire to learn a skill set focused on producing high quality, specialty roasted coffee.  In three days you will learn:

  • Learn about the coffee supply chain from crop to cup
  • Become proficient in the cupping process, including evaluation and calibration
  • Learn about roasting equipment and function, and will learn how to operate commercial coffee roasters
  • Become proficient in roast logging
  • Understand the chemical reactions and various phases of the roasting process
  • Learn about green coffee buying and how green coffee is traded
  • Understand roastery operations and systems
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Barista Training Workshop [2.5-Day]

$1495

This class is a jam packed two and a half days of intensive hands on training designed to bring your skill as a barista and your understanding of coffee to the next level. 

Our unique "Train the Trainer" approach is a  perfect blend of real world scenarios, drink drills, and detail oriented instruction that will both prepare you to successfully run a quality coffee bar and teach others in your organization to do the same.


In those two days you will learn foundational skills in:  

  • equipment maintenance and operation, 
  • menu development
  • espresso extraction
  • milk steaming
  • latte art
  • work flow
  • speed
  • efficiency and organization 

Our goal is that each student walk away confident and equipped  to run their coffee bar with knowledge and excellence.

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Custom Workshops in Portland

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Workshop Overview

We also offer custom 1 to 5 Day workshops for your company and staff. These workshops can be tailored to fit your needs and focus on hands on training, coffee education, latte art, retail coffee business strategies and more. Call for more information 800-655-3955. 

Barista Competition/Latte Art Workshop [1-5 Days]

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The idea of entering a barista competition can be quite overwhelming. There are many aspects to consider: from where your coffee is sourced to what your menu will look like. The American Barista & Coffee School has teamed up with a world-class group of former competitors, judges, and other Portland professionals to develop a five-day intensive competition-training program.

In addition to rigorous competition practice everyday, we will tap the resources of local artists, chefs, dairies, farms, and coffees roasters in our own backyard to help you develop your competition program. Our week of training will be a lot of hard-work, a lot of fun, and, most importantly, will prepare you to walk out on the competition floor without skipping a beat.

This workshop is tailored to meet each attendee's needs, and is led by United States Barista Championship and Latte Art Competition competitors and judges.

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Corporate Workshops [1-5 Days]

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Many companies in the specialty coffee industry need specific information in order to grow. Some businesses want to enter into specialty coffee, but first need information and guidance.

ABCS provides a "think tank" environment for your company representatives in an environment free from the daily demands of your normal company business. Here they can learn about specialty coffee and design your strategy. For those companies not currently in the specialty coffee industry but wanting to make coffee a part of their program, ABCS can help develop and fine-tune a specific business strategy that meets the mission and goals of your business.

Our knowledge of the specialty coffee industry and our expertise in marketing and public relations make us the logical choice for companies looking to expand or develop their own programs. With the help of ABCS corporate consulting and training services, your company can improve its visibility and bottom line.

We invite you to send your executives, sales representatives and employees to a customized two or three-day corporate barista training and business seminar at the American Barista & Coffee School. We will design a seminar to fit your company's specific needs.

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On-Site Barista Training & Consultation

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If you are unable to make the trip out to Portland, OR for our classes, don't worry, we can come to you! We are able to visit your site to either set up training and work with you and your staff one on one. 

Learn more about our consulting services or call us at 800-655-3955