Success Stories & Testimonials

  • "I learned a lot on how to open a coffee business, both business side and the practical side.  I encourage everyone who's opening a shop to go here!  The trainers are very helpful and they make sure what you're doing is right."

    - John A. | | Thornhill, Ontario

  • "Build the workshop into your opening budget and just do it.  The money you spend on this will end up in your pocket if you take the trainers' advice and open your business."

    - Jim C. | | Irvine, CA

  • "An excellent, in-depth workshop covering all aspects of setup and running a speciality coffee business.  Especiallty impressed by the knowledge (and patience) of all the trainers.  Extremely useful to anyone contemplating a move into the speciality coffee business."

    - Steve J. | | London, England

  • "Absolutely a great experience. I didn't really know what to expect from the class, I was nervous in the beginning because I thought it would be too intensive for me. I didn't know much about coffee, except that I love to visit coffee shops and would someday open one of my own in the future. I met amazing people and the instructors were great! They were very supportive and friendly and in each class I felt productive. By the end of the class I had so many ideas. I'd built my confidence in great coffee-making and have new appreciation for the values its based upon."

    - Maria E. | | Okinawa, Japan

  • "I give high praise to educational benefits of attending the program offered at Bellissimo Coffee Advisors. The classes are well organized, packed with extremely helpful information, and the classes are taught by highly qualified, enthusiastic professionals. One has the opportunity to learn an incredible amount about all aspects of the coffee business and the hands-on training with a wide variety of equipment with patient, qualified trainers leaves one with an appreciation and focus that is truly wonderful. I left feeling that the time and money were well spent and that I had a resource to tap into for further assistance as I proceed into the entrepreneurial world of coffee." 

    - Mary F. | | Portland, Oregon

  • "Absolutely fantastic investment!  This was the best choice I have made in regards to the business.  I'm walking away with the confidence and competency I was hoping to have.  The ROI is through the roof."

    - Rich L. | | Hudson, NH

  • "I had so much fun attending the five day barista class + one day intro to roasting. All of the instructors were so enthusiastic about sharing their extensive knowledge and passion for everything coffee, returned home from (Bellissimo) with a love for the specialty coffee business and feeling confident in opening our new coffee bar. Thank you everyone at Water Ave for being such an inspiration!!"

    - Kelly D. | | Ojai, California

  • "At ABCS, I learned about coffee in the perfect setting. I also met very interesting and knowledgeable people, and had lots of fun, too. The opportunity to practice and prepare drinks without limitation was fantastic. Thank you!"

    - Karina U. | | Lima, Peru

  • "The workshop gave me an industry perspective from knowledgable trainers with years of experience.  I found the workshop to be very helpful in my planning and I am confident it saved me tens of thousands of dollars of potential mistakes due to my lack of experience."

    - Stephen S. | | Naples, Florida

Mr. Coffee

We discovered ABCS on-line while researching experts in the art of espresso creation. Jared, Matt and Bruce were fantastic in creating a customized educational program that allowed us to develop a deeper understanding of consumer consumption patterns and the science behind the art of espresso. Jared and Matt have extensive backgrounds in espresso and delivered targeted and specific training that blended the practical art of espresso with the consumer consumption trends. The ABCS staff, combined with the professional training center and their contacts within the coffee industry enables the school to provide a detailed, quality training program at an efficient cost. Thanks to Bruce and his staff, ABCS will be a major part of our product training.

Mike Fretwell | Manager Group Marketing Mr. Coffee/Jarden Consumer Solutions


 

Ghirardelli

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company had a very positive experience with the America Barista and Coffee School (ABCS). We invited two of their instructors to attend a national sales meeting to train our foodservice sales force. They were very well prepared and brought invaluable expertise to the team. We now feel that we are better equipped to work within the field of specialty coffee to meet the needs of our customers. I would definitely recommend ABCS to any individual or group hoping to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the specialty coffee industry.

Chris Eklem | Director of Sales and Marketing, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Torani

I wanted to write to tell you how wonderful the ABCS training class was that I attended. I really enjoyed meeting all of you, and most importantly, learning from you. You guys are great!

I came back with so much more than the skill to make a good espresso (and latte art, too, of course!). In all seriousness, I loved interacting with everyone in class and learning about their individual situations. I also loved learning about the coffee industry in general. So much of what I learned I can apply to my job! (Not to mention to my real espresso experience!) If you ever need any recommendations or testimonials, let me know — I have already started spreading the word! I look forward to seeing you again soon. Until then, take care and once again, thank you!

Silvia Cheskes | Director of Marketing, Torani Syrups

Cappuccine

Attending ABCS is really a great way to learn about coffee using all of your senses. The class taught me how much more I could expect from a coffee beverage and to not settle for “just coffee.” ABCS shares with its students a world of knowledge and the experience is priceless. The hands-on training is fantastic. I had an amazing time and really learned so much. I couldn't believe how much I didn't know. I think the class is just superb and I have been recommending it to a lot of people, telling them it is crucial they attend.

Thank you for enlightening me and enhancing my love of coffee. 

Heather Haugh | VP International Sales, Cappuccine

Monin Flavorings

As a manufacturer's representative, I was relatively inexperienced at creating coffee drinks. I had no confidence to step up to the espresso machine and show a customer the benefits of making a mocha using our products. Now, I have complete knowledge and the confidence to discuss and demonstrate all aspects of drink creation and business applications using our products in their cafes. It is very evident that Matt and Bruce have very deep ties within the coffee industry. Their expertise and passion showed through in all aspects of the training I received. I will recommend this course to all the coffee industry people I contact.