The AMerican Barista & Coffee SChool Facility
A state-of-the-art espresso lab with a wide variety of equipment and products from the most highly respected companies in the specialty coffee industry. Also next door to Water Avenue Coffee, a micro-roaster and retail coffee bar.
ABCS is near downtown Portland’s picturesque waterfront. Here our entrepreneurial clients gain the skills needed to prepare not just espresso-based drinks, but a complete coffeehouse menu, including blender drinks, smoothies, granita and light food items such as panini.
ABCS features 8 different espresso machines, in addition to multiple coffee brewing methods. Our clients work with coffee from a list of award winning coffee roasters across the U.S. and are exposed to a wide range of associated products. ABCS is not connected to a specific brand of coffee-related product, equipment or coffee, so the information and training you receive from us will be unbiased and in your best interest.
Classroom Features & Benefits
The American Barista & Coffee School boasts the largest and most fully-equipped specialty coffee training center in the United States. Located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, consistently ranked one of the top cities for coffee culture in the U.S., the ABCS facility is located near Portland’s picturesque waterfront, and is a walk, bike, or MAX train ride away from all of the city’s major attractions.
Our 2,300 square foot state-of-the-art espresso lab is second-to-none. The lab features 8 different espresso machines, multiple coffee brewing systems, roasting equipment, and an on-side coffee bar and microroaster—allowing students real-life exposure to the industry’s top-rated products, and the ability to strategically plan their own coffee house or concept.
But it doesn’t end with coffee beverages. Our lab offers training in developing a full coffeehouse menu, including blender drinks, smoothies, granita, and light food items such as paninis.
The ABCS prides itself in offering a non-biased education to its clients. The ABCS is not connected with any specific brand of coffee-related product; we expose you to a wide range of products, equipment, and coffee beans, from large-scale to small—letting you make choices for your own business concept.
Our Sponsors & Partners
ESPRESSO MACHINES + GRINDERS
- Dalla Corte
Dalla Corte is an international producer of semi-automatic espresso machines, based in Milan, Italy. Their daily business is focused on delivering the most simple intuitive and highest quality solutions for every individual coffee concept.View Website
- GEEC | Astoria
GEEC | Astoria
The [Astoria] espresso machines are offered in a complete line of models from manual to semiautomatic, automatic volumetric and fully automatic in sizes that vary from compact to one, two, three or four brewing heads to fit all possible applications.
The line of espresso coffee grinders includes everything from heavy duty doser grinders to electronic grind-on-demand grinders. Astoria products are complemented by a large selection of coffee accessories, espresso bar tools and a sturdy panini/sandwich electric grill that is available in two sizes.View Website
- La Marzocco USA
La Marzocco USA
La Marzocco USA, a sister company of La Marzocco S.r.l., is the exclusive distributor of La Marzocco, Marco, and Malykke products in the USA and an importer of Mazzer grinders, responsible for all product sales, technical support & training, and warranty.
LM USA offers the highest quality espresso equipment with the customer support and satisfaction you expect from the industry leader in high performance espresso machines.View Website
- Nuova Simonelli
Nuova Simonelli is an Italian company with experience and tradition going back many years. It has been making espresso machines, which it exports all over the world, since 1936. Today, Nuova Simonelli can boast a vast range of products that are able to meet the requirements of the hospitality trade, right across the board.View Website
Rancilio Group is a company of great tradition and prestige, engaged in the production of professional coffee machines of groundbreaking technology and design. Since 1927 Rancilio has been working to safeguard and promote Italian espresso culture all over the world. We call this “Coffeeing the World” - exporting everywhere a corporate philosophy based not only on technology, but also on talent, sensitivity and ingenuity.View Website
Synesso is committed to fulfilling the desires of coffee enthusiasts around the world. Staying on the cutting edge of innovation and technology, we strive to design the most barista friendly, dependable, and responsive equipment on the market. Each machine is handcrafted with Synesso's unique design and quality performance.View Website
- Victoria Arduino
Victoria Arduino was founded in 1905 by Pier Teresio Arduino, with the aim of building an espresso machine that did not compromise on quality, materials or performance. The result redefined the perimeters of modern espresso coffee machines.
The company is now based in Belforte del Chienti, Italy, and continues the tradition of Pier Teresio Arduino investing in research to offer the most advanced espresso technologies.
Victoria Arduino is 2015-2017 World Barista Championship official partner with its VA388 Black Eagle espresso machine that is used by the best world’s baristas . All share the same passion that drives us in our mission to build the ultimate espresso coffee machine.View Website
Welcome to Wega USA, where you’ll discover espresso machines manufactured in Italy with the highest quality standards. We'll help you find the Wega Espresso Machine that is perfect for your business needs whether you are a small operation or a large multi-location corporation.View Website
BREWED COFFEE EQUIPMENT + SMALL WARES
- Big Tray
BigTray provides national distribution of foodservice equipment and supplies at everyday low prices. We have a number of features that will help simplify your purchase of E&S.View Website
At Bonavita, we've put in years of hard work to make it easy to brew great coffee or steep your favorite cup of tea. With our products in your kitchen, you're just a few steps away from your perfect cup.
All the research, refinement, taste-testing, awards and certifications … they all boil down to one thing, and that's giving you the power to consistently brew your ideal cup, quickly and easily.View Website
The company is committed to delivering the highest possible quality beverage in each cup through its complete line of dispensed beverage equipment including coffee brewers and grinders; liquid coffee dispensers, iced tea brewers; hot chocolate, granita, and juice machines; precise temperature water systems; water quality systems and paper filters.View Website
- Compak Grinders
In 1952, Jesus Ascaso, founder of the company, came into contact with the quickly developing world of espresso coffee.
From that point forward, great innovations were made with numerous companies in the coffee sector, creating a leading group of companies, one of which has grown into what we know as Compak today. With passion, and an unwavering Mediterranean standard for obtaining the perfect coffee, Compak was created, with the objective of producing the highest quality coffee grinders for coffee roasters and coffee lovers.View Website
- Espresso Parts
Espresso Parts, LLC was founded by discerning coffee folks in 1993 in Olympia, WA, a modest company with plenty of creative energy. The mission: to bring our customers the newest innovations and the best equipment, tools and supplies available.View Website
notNeutralAt notNeutral, we create objects that are a part of the rituals of our everyday lives. We love to tell stories, and instill our products with the ideas, culture, and history their designs are based on. In our process, we do not discriminate between the ornament and the object. The surface and the shape inform each other; both are imbued with narrative qualities that determine the look and feel of our work. With rigorous attention to form, pattern, and function, our products demonstrate unwavering attitude and conviction. Founded by the award-winning multidisciplinary design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, notNeutral creates bold, idea-based, accessible objects for the everyday modern lifestyle. Blurring the boundaries between the figural and abstract, and the decorative and functional, the pieces we design are durable, playful, and imbued with a clever take on the ordinary that is unquestionably not neutral. View Website
- Saint Anthony Industries
Saint Anthony Industries
Handcrafting tools for the world's finest baristas. Designs inspired by the Great American West.
St. Anthony industries was started by the Bombeck brothers and Mr. Watts in July of 2014. They are coffee industry veterans. The focus is simplicity, ease-of-use, and excellence in design. The Brothers of St. Anthony have taken their years of experience as coffee professionals and designers and have begun a new adventure to build tangible solutions for the world’s finest baristas and coffee enthusiasts.View Website
BLENDER POWDERS, SMOOTHIES + MIXES
- Caffe D'Vita
Premium ingredients and unsurpassed Customer Service remain our greatest priorities as we continue the tradition of producing the finest Instant Cappuccinos, Lattes, Smoothies and Blended Powdered Drinks available today.View Website
For independent coffee houses, our largest category of customers, Cappuccine mixes are the secret ingredient of a successful frozen beverage program.View Website
BLENDERS + GRANITA MACHINES
We offer a complete product line of dispensed beverage equipment including coffee brewers and grinders; single cup makers, liquid coffee dispensers, iced tea brewers, cappuccino, granita and juice machine; superautomatic espresso systems, precise temperature water systems; water quality systems and paper filters.View Website
WHOLE-BEAN ESPRESSO + COFFEE
- Batdorf & Bronson
Batdorf & Bronson
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters has been handcrafting the finest coffees from around the globe since 1986 and our standards are among the highest in the specialty coffee industry. We put immense effort into sourcing and roasting fresh beans for coffee and espresso enthusiasts that crave quality and consistency and seek out special, limited edition coffees for fans of unique complexity of flavor and aroma.View Website
- Caffe D'Arte
Our Italian family and Caffé D'arte® are forever cultivating "Our Special Coffee" and our well-loved traditions which will never be forgotten in the rush to embrace new technology and mass production.View Website
- Caravan Coffee
- Equator Coffees & Teas
Equator Coffees & Teas
Equator Coffess & Teas is a coffee roaster, tea purveyor, retail operator, and coffee farm owner headquartered in San Rafael, CA.
Founded in 1995 by Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell, Equator's commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach spans more than two decades.
Equator Coffees & Teas was the first California coffee company to become a certified Benefit Corporation, and they measure their success by their positive impact on their employees, the environment, and society, as well as their bottom line.View Website
- I Have A Bean
I Have A BeanOur passion for the craft, quality and freshness of our coffee compels us to roast and deliver our Specialty-Grade coffee the same day it's ordered. Our company was created for a purpose – to positively impact the lives of post-prison men and women, their families, and the communities in which we live.
Passion + purpose. It's a beautiful thing.
- Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
We were founded in Manhattan in 1996 with a little cafe space near Union Square, still known simply as 71 Irving Place. Irving Farm’s founders soon realized that to deliver a truly craft-focused, hands-on approach to their love of coffee, we’d simply have to roast it, too.
Nowadays, Irving Farm supplies our carefully selected, handcrafted coffees to four beautiful cafes in that same metropolis, as well as our coffee house in Millerton, keeping the focus on sustainability and building direct relationships with the coffee farmers who grow the beautiful coffees that both the country and the city love so much.View Website
- Oughtred Coffee & Tea
Oughtred Coffee & Tea
Oughtred Coffee & Tea is a family owned, B.C. business celebrating 39 years of dedication to the specialty coffee industry. Our Founder's mission "to consistently exceed client expectations by sourcing the highest quality products, supported by comprehensive service, while conducting ourselves in a highly responsible manner" is what remains paramount to our continued success.View Website
- Press Coffee Roasters
Press Coffee Roasters
From seed to cup we provide the highest quality products and services while sharing our knowledge and passion with our valued customers.
We roast our coffee in small batches to ensure the highest quality and consistency. Our beans are meticulously sourced by importers that specialize in cultivating meaningful relationships with growers who are committed to quality farming and direct trade in select countries like Ethiopia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Sumatra and Guatemala.
As true artisans, we believe that every coffee has a story to tell, and it is our job to share that story with our customers. From where and how a berry grows to the temperature, seasons, and processes it underwent to produce its beautiful harmony of flavors.View Website
- Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ritual Coffee Roasters
Ritual has been a pioneer in the delicious shift in coffee consciousness since we opened our doors on Valencia Street in 2005 and started what some call a coffee revolution in San Francisco. Our goal then--and our goal now--was to craft the very best cup of coffee available anywhere. Period. We've learned a lot over the years, but the care and attention we lavish on our process is unchanged, including tasting every coffee several times before it goes out to our coffee bars and into your cup.View Website
- Rowster Coffee
Located in the Wealthy Street district of beautiful Grand Rapids, MI
There it is again. That savor, drifting, floating, tantalizing.
It could be mid-morning, misty after the early rain. Sunlight begins breaking through the clouds over the mountains. Sounds of the waves lapping against the silky sand. That enchanting aroma, the one that teases your senses, now washing over you. Then the cup - new thresholds of impossibility have been shorn.
Have not we all been there? That moment emblazoned into the essence of your being. You have encountered it; that sultry love flame that breathes life into your very existence.
Here at Rowster Coffee, we dedicated to the path of carrying those experiences into your existence.
Begin your journey today.View Website
- Verve Coffee Roasters
Verve Coffee Roasters
Verve Coffee Roasters supports the producers and exporters, roasters and baristas who are paying attention—who are invested in making each cup an authentic, quality experience. They wake up our palates every day to what is possible.
- Water Avenue Coffee
Water Avenue Coffee
Rising on the banks of the mighty Willamette River during the mild winter of 2009, the Water Avenue Coffee factory creates handcrafted coffees in Portland's Southeast Industrial district. Water Avenue COFFEE (WAC) is dedicated to bravely pioneering the unseen frontier of micro-roasting craft coffees from countries around the world. Our roasting factory and retail offer a toast to the working class industrial district we are located in. Our bar and counter seating was built with 100 year old reclaimed fir from just blocks away, and our large blue neon COFFEE sign glows all night long as a beacon to travelers on nearby I-5.View Website
GOURMET SYRUPS + CHOCOLATE
- 1883 Maison Routin
1883 Maison Routin
1883’s artisans create a myriad of innovative, unique offerings – distilling new sensations and eliciting memories. Naturally purity and absolute taste satisfaction are the hallmarks of a brand as diverse as it is testament to its unwavering commitment to excellence.
- Ghirardelli Chocolate
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products. Incorporated in 1852 and in continuous operation since then, Ghirardelli has the richest heritage of any American chocolate company.View Website
- Guittard Chocolate Co.
Guittard Chocolate Co.
From French roasting, to stone grinding, to conching formulas developed by great grandfather, Etienne, Guittard Chocolate Company's superbly crafted artisan chocolate can only come from the expertise and inspiration of a family-run business intent on continuing its long and distinguished legacy.View Website
- Hollander Chocolate Co.
Hollander Chocolate Co.
At Hollander Chocolate we specialize in products created for craft beverages, and for use by Baristas in high end cafés. We honor the rich history of chocolate and coffee by crafting recipes exclusively from Holland’s finest Dutched cacao and the best quality ingredients. Our neo classical approach is driven by tradition, innovation, and creativity, in the true spirit of the pioneering Dutch masters who made chocolate what it is today.View Website
- Monin Gourmet Flavorings
Monin Gourmet Flavorings
We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best flavoring products to use in the most popular and versatile applications. Our strength lies in anticipating the needs of consumers, wherever they are.View Website
- Proaster - First Crack
Proaster - First Crack
PROASTER draws on over 20 years of roaster building to create machines substantially different from any other on the market. Created by engineers in cooperation with expert coffee roasters, utilizing feedback from licensed Q Graders and award-winning baristas, PROASTER manufactures sturdy, dependable, easy-to-use and adaptable machines able to meet the needs of any coffee roaster.
Behind the classic exterior of these machines lies an innovative design that has earned international acclaim. PROASTER roasters are fully customizable to suit individual roasters’ needs. Air quality issues can be eliminated through PROASTER’s line of Afterburner Smoke Removal systems.View Website
- Better Bar
The Better Bar has a different outlook on what a healthy energy bar should be. The unique combination of super foods gives your body the fuel it needs for lasting, sustained energy from real foods. Better Bar is vegan, handmade, raw-pressed.
We are tired of energy bars that contain super processed ingredients. We are tired of candy bars that call themselves energy bars and ingredients that your body cannot even break down. It is time for something new; something free of all this junk food that we don’t need, something free of all the allergens, something BETTER.View Website
- Pacific Foods
Much like the slow cooking method, slow growing and ripening produces ingredients filled with possibility and flavor. By using wholesome, all-natural and organic ingredients, we can make great tasting foods that let the delicious taste of nature speak for itself.View Website
- Protein Puck
Bored of the average health bar and tired of making protein shakes every morning, David & Brande Tawney decided to create something new. After experimenting for countless hours in the kitchen, Protein Puck was conceived! Production quickly moved into a small commercial kitchen which allowed the couple to start selling their new product in local coffee shops throughout the community. It quickly became a hit with coffee shop patrons, fitness fanatics and humans searching for a satisfying, protein packed, gluten free, vegan bar. Next came distribution into natural food retailers, grocery stores and convenience stores. In the last three years Protein Puck has continued to grow in the Pacific Northwest and is quickly making its way across the United States. Our mission at Protein Puck is to provide healthy products from nature to fuel your adventure, while living our own! FOOD IS FUEL, MARCH ON!View Website
The enemy of true coffee flavor is clear: oily buildup on equipment makes fresh coffee taste bitter, and can't be easily cleaned off. The solution is the original Urnex® Urn & Brewer Cleaner™. It first came in small, hand-filled envelopes, each printed with the motto Urnex still uses today: “No More Bitter Coffee."View Website
TEA, CHAI + TEASANS
- Pacific Foods
We only use the highest quality whole organic soybeans because what you start with makes all the difference. That’s why our soymilk doesn’t have that beany taste. Just a clean, crisp milk flavor. Nothing goes to waste either.View Website
- Prana Chai
Our process is beautiful in its simplicity. Prana Chai is hand crafted using a premium blend of fresh, whole spices sourced from many parts of the world including India, Sri Lanka and Guatemala. We blend these spices with 100% Black Ceylon tea and just enough organic honey to bring out the rich flavors and begin the infusion process. Then we put it in a bag and send it on its merry way.
Our ingredients are all natural and good for you. We don't use machines, additives, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or added sugar. It's an honest product and we take pride in the unique presentation, balance of flavor, aroma and freshness of Prana Chai.View Website
- Steven Smith Teamaker
Steven Smith Teamaker
Smith Teamaker is a wonderfully small teaworks on a shady street in Portland, Oregon where one may encounter the finest, freshest full leaf teas, tonics and elixirs handcrafted in very small batches by master teamaker Steve Smith and his talented, hand-picked team.View Website
Detpak is the original manufacturer of the Ripple-Wrap™ Hot Cup, having manufactured these cups since 2001. Ripple-Wrap™ hot cups are now also commonly known as Ripple Cups. The unique design includes a corrugated paper wrapping which provides increased hand-comfort, heat insulation and premium brand presentation. You can tell if its a genuine Ripple Wrap cup by looking for our logo on the bottom of our cups!View Website
- Java Jacket
Java Jackets are the best insulating cup sleeve
on the market, with two different sizes available.
The waffle texture provides “gripability.”
Java Jacket aims to bring the best sleeves toView Website
you at affordable prices. When we make you
happy, that makes us happy!
- Stix To Go
Stix To Go
Tom Burns went from rocket science to simplicity. His invention is a plastic device that plugs the sipping hole in a hot beverage lid, preventing spills and reducing heat loss by up to 40 percent, he says. The item also features a tab that enables the user to move it in and out of the hole in the top of the cup's lid.View Website
PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES + SERVICES
The American Barista & Coffee School is proud to present a coffee education platform and training methodology to the digital age. Coffee education has evolved immensely in the past two decades and ABCS has been at the forefront, every step of the way. Our online training platform and business guidance is based on our history of pure dedication to the success of retailers and baristas in specialty coffee, and is delivered in a manner to provide a consistent training resource for baristas, as well as on-going education for retailers around the world. Take the tour below to learn how OnlineBaristaTraining.com is your on-going resource and support platform that you and your staff can rely on to succeed in the specialty coffee industry.View Website
- Bellissimo Coffee Advisors
Sponsor: Bellissimo Coffee Advisors
Bellissimo Coffee Advisors
Bellissimo Coffee Advisors is the only specialty coffee advising company that provides you with everything you need to brew a successful business. Taking a team approach, we draw on the experience of a diverse group of talented specialty coffee-industry professionals to guide you every step of the way, from planting the seed of the idea to optimizing growth to harvesting the fruits of your labor. Our educational programs in marketing, sales, finance, product development, retail, operations, roasting, graphic design, employee training are unparalleled and backed by our years of experience and satisfied clients.View Website
WI-FI, POS, REGISTER SYSTEMS + CARDS
- Selby Soft
SP-1 is a custom designedView Website
Zero Training POS system for the
Coffee & Restaurant industries.
For 25 years we have helped retailers use our POS to increase sales and make their lives easier
The Perka™ solution connects you directly to your customers over their mobile phones, allowing you to run the same kinds of sophisticated loyalty marketing programs as nationwide chains—at a fraction of the cost. You can turn occasional visitors into loyal regulars with offers and rewards they’ll love, because when you keep customers happy, they’ll keep coming back.
- Barista Magazine
Barista Magazine is the leading trade magazine for the international coffee community. We cover the people, places, news and events that make working in coffee a dynamic and inspiring profession.View Website
- Fresh Cup Magazine
Fresh Cup Magazine
At Fresh Cup, we’ve spent more than two decades covering the stories of specialty coffee and tea, showcasing tea-growing regions and cutting-edge coffee towns, giving voice to stalwart veterans and visionary newcomers, digging into issues important to owners and those vital to employees. Our stories have educated our international readership on best business practices and on the amazing things going on in the far-flung corners of the industries. More than anything, Fresh Cup has shown how complex, exciting, sophisticated, and plain cool tea and coffee are.View Website
- Roast Magazine
Roast is a bi-monthly technical trade magazine dedicated to the success and growth of the specialty coffee industry. Roast addresses the art, science and business of coffee by covering the issues most important the industry, with high-quality editorial focused on the technical aspects of coffee.View Website