Success Stories & Testimonials

  • Must applaud the individuals who have placed much emphasis and dedication into research, developing and implementing the teaching module which makes this class a success, namely the trainers (love you guys). I would recommend this workshop to any aspiring barista and know that coffee will never be the same again.

    - Rena S. | | Trinidad

  • "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

  • "I feel blessed to have found Bean Business Basics before finding Bellissimo Coffee Advisors.  Reading through most of the book I feel allowed me to absorb more during workshop.  Hands on training is priceless! I'm so looking forward to opening our store!  I would have felt lost without Bellissimo.  Thank you for doing what you all do with the passion and care that you do!  Thank you for the warm welcome into the specialty coffee family!"

    - Carmen H. | | San Antonio, Texas

  • "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

  • "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

  • "My wife and I drove up from outside New Orleans to attend this class!  I am very glad we did!  I would have lost so much money in bad business decisions that Matt and Tom made me aware of!!  It is definitely worth the money!"

    - David B. | | Alexandria, Louisiana

  • This workshop has been a great eye opener, it is a must if you want to go into the coffee business knowing what to do and what to expect! Great information and wondeful hands-on training! Great trainers, very knowledgeable and with a lot of expertise and coffee backgrounds! Loves this experience, learned a lot and enjoyed all the great company from all over the world that came to take this workshop!

    - Evelyn G. | | Fresno, 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

  • "This course was very beneficial and confidence building.  The instructors have given me an edge to make coffee in my home town as great as it can possibly be.  Coffee family is some of the best family one could ask for.  The instructors are passionate and very good at passing that passion down to the students."

    - Joey R. | | St. Augustine, 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.