Bellissimo Coffee Advisors Team

Fueled by the passion of its founder, Bruce Milletto and Vice President, Matt Milletto, Bellissimo has stayed on the cutting-edge of this explosive growth industry, and the company has evolved and expanded to address the needs of those entering the ever-changing specialty coffee market.

Our Team

Bellissimo Coffee Advisors business workshops are led by a team of well-seasoned, nationally-recognized specialty coffee experts. Our barista trainers work locally in independent coffeehouses—their skills have been recognized at the national competition level. In addition to our regular staff, we frequently invite guest speakers and instructors from industry-leading companies to lecture on hot topics in the industry.

Experience

For more than 25 years, Bellissimo has advised and set the standard for education and training in the specialty coffee industry. Thousands of coffee business owners have benefited from our expertise and created successful, profitable operations from single cafes to drive-thrus to major chains across the country.

Bruce Milletto - President

Bruce Milletto - President

Bruce is recognized by the press and the coffee industry internationally as the voice of the specialty coffee industry. He has been interviewed by, or quoted in: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, 60 Minutes, Kiplinger’s, Starbucks Annual Report, Forbes, the Economist, Harvard Management Update, Crain’s Business Review, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, Business Week and Entrepreneur. 

The Specialty Coffee Association of America [SCAA] named Bruce Milletto one of its 20 “Coffee Luminaries,” and he appeared in Gourmet Retailer’s 25th anniversary issue on the list of the 25 individuals who helped shape the specialty coffee industry. 

Bruce wrote a column for many years for Fresh Cup magazine, the specialty coffee industry’s leading publication. He continues to frequently author articles for the magazine as well as provide articles and interviews for such trade publications as Fancy Food, Gourmet Retailer, Coffee and Beverage Euro Coffee and Coffeenet.

Matt Milletto - Vice President

Matt Milletto - Vice President

Matt Milletto has extensive experience in retail coffee, and has opened and managed multiple coffeehouses. Matt has personally trained more than 2500 new coffee retail business owners and barista trainers/managers over the past 20 years. He regularly speaks at Coffee Fest, SCAA, and other industry tradeshows and has been quoted in numerous newspapers and industry magazines, including the Wall Street Journal.

Matt is the current President the Oregon Coffee Board. He is also the founder of BaristaExchange.com and is also a head judge for all CoffeeFest Latte Art Competitions. Matt is the director and developer of OnlineBaristaTraining.com, and coordinates all consulting services with our Bellissimo’s clients and past graduates. Most recently Matt partnered with Bruce to open Water Avenue Coffee, Portland's premiere Micro-Roaster and Retail coffee bar. 

Catie Garbinsky - Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Catie Garbinsky - Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Catie joined Bellissimo Coffee Advisors in 2016, and though she was completely new to the coffee industry when she joined Bellissimo, she absolutely loves getting to spend her days talking about and enjoying specialty coffee. 


Prior to joining the team at Bellissimo Coffee Advisors, Catie worked in education, copywriting, and office management. Here at Bellissimo she does a little bit of everything, from social media management to student invoices...but she won't be teaching anyone to make coffee any time soon. Instead, she will be the one snapping pictures as you pour your first latte art! In her free time Catie enjoys writing, gardening, and making music with her partner.

Greg Davis - Director of Finance

Greg Davis - Director of Finance
Greg came to Oregon 3 years ago for a much-needed change of scenery and a chance to hit the “restart” button in his career search. Greg got that chance when he joined Bellissimo 2 1/2 years ago. For the past 15 years or so Greg had primarily worked in management positions but, while he still works in a supervisory role, there’s something different about working with Bellissimo. Greg loves working for a company that promotes continued education in coffee by offering comprehensive training, trips to origin, and more.

In his free time, Greg is usually doing something with music: listening to records, going to concerts, or just talking about music. He also enjoys spending quality time with friends and family and trying new food in Portland.