It was a wonderful learning experience - I went in Tabula Rasa and came out with a wealth of knowledge - The instructor was excellent; the staff was wonderful and helpful; I signed up for the five day course and each night I wondered what more could I learn - there was always more to learn. Day three was the tour of Seattle coffee shops it was the highlight for me for two reasons: 1) I have never been to Seattle and 2) I was fortunate enough to meet Howard Schultz. I recommend this training to anyone a weekend or a week it will be GREAT
Just had a great training class for all of my baristas. I had contacted the owner about classes and informed him that my shop was in Hawaii. I had the idea of flying to Seattle to train myself and to pass on what I learned to my staff. Robert mentioned he had someone on vacation in Hawaii and suggested that he try and arrange a training at our shop.This was a marvelous idea and it worked out splendidly. The trainer Cabell showed up and really helped my staff and me out.Super knowledgeable, nice personality and really showed everyone how to properly make drinks and better yet that they should Care about what they serve . The best part about him coming to our shop was he had so many pointers and suggestions about work flow, proper glassware, menu streamlining and pricing.Just such a valuable resource. The day after we finished training (and Im not making this up)We started getting rave reviews about the quality of our drinks.From the customers in our shop to comments on social media. The staff now has a true eye for detail and a better understanding of coffee and what it takes to make good coffee
I took the 4 day course and loved it!. The information was excellent, the techniques taught have me preparing professional quality drinks and their teaching methods really helped me to absorb the information. This course also helps identify and teach realistic business applications for those interested in going into business or expanding their existing business. It's a complete hands-on experience and I am a better barista for having attended. Additionally, the owner Robert Burgess (Bob) is hilarious, and an all around wealth of knowledge. Bob's knowledge of all aspects of the coffee world, including but not limited to marketing, products, machines, initial start-up, beans, wholesales, etc. is mind blowing. If you're in need of a true professionals expertise, Bob is your guy. I recommend this course to anyone. Thank you Seattle Barista Academy.
I signed up for a 3 1/2 hour weekend class as I wanted to learn how to consistently make great espresso at home. Each participant had a dedicated espresso machine and our superb instructor Alexa walked us through every step. We learned how to figure out the reason that any shot was less than stellar and then to find our way to making terrific espresso. Alexa's knowledge was amazing to me - who knew there were so many variables to making great espresso drinks and that we novices could manage them? The very next morning at home, using all my usual hardware, I made the best espresso ever. I can't recommend this training highly enough
I took the Seattle Barista Academy 4 days training course starting from Jan. 12, 2015. I have two goals when entering the class: learning basic barista skills to understand the working flow in the coffee shop, and gain any knowledge of roastery business on which I want to build up my startup. After the 4 days’ class, I would say I completely accomplished the goal with the tremendous helps from trainer Alexa and Owner Robert/Bob. A couple of things I think SBA (Seattle Barista Academy) does pretty well: 1) In the morning of day 1, before anything starts, the owner Bob held a session to ask each individual student for what goals we want to target via coming to the school. Based on that, all the following training and business consultings are highly crafted to our special needs. 2) Small class training. For the 4 or 5 days class, the class size is limited to less than 7 people. For our sessions, there were me and the other student travelling out of town. Because of the smaller size, the class could be catered better to our needs, and also we have enough time to practice the skills to pull a perfect espresso shot, which does require a lot of time to find your own perfect procedure. 3) Since the owner Robert is extremely experienced in the coffee industry, when it’s time to the business sector of the class, he gave you very detailed guideline of opening your specific business and even the cost breakdown list and to-dos timeline. This is super helpful from a expertise in the industry to give you step-by-step guidance to help you jump start quickly. Overall, this is a great experience, if you leave in the Seattle area and want to jump start your coffee related business, no matter it’s a coffee drive through, coffee shops or coffee cart, give Seattle Barista Academy a try. Even you’re travelling from out of town, I bet the stuff you learned from the school totally worth the flight tickets you pay. 5 stars recommendation to Seattle Barista Academy.
The overall experience was fantastic. There was lots of hands on experience with the instructors. The explanations, charts, and diagrams were very helpful. I would definitely recommend this course to my peers. ………Home Espresso Barista Training Program…..Joyce Lam
What motivated me to take the course is that I wanted to learn how to get better shots from my home espresso machine. I would rate the overall experience as great. I greatly benefited from the instruction. After completing the course my skills aren’t perfect yet, but now I know what I need to work on. The instructor was very personable and I felt very comfortable in asking questions and requesting help. This is a course I would definitely recommend………Travis Miller
I attended because of my desire to better my espresso and latte art and to take my skills to the next level. The course was great…lots of hands on practice…..and there was individual feedback on color, composition, and espresso taste from the experts. This is exactly what I was looking for in for….its hard to find that kind of experience/feedback
I wanted to thank you and your staff for the wonderful experience I had taking your 5 day Barista course!
Entering into the course with no experience or knowledge of the coffee world, I was quite nervous, and worried that I wouldn't "get it", but after the first day with Sauro I felt very much at ease. The information you taught was easy to understand and Sauro was so patient with me while learning the hands on portion that I felt very comfortable but more importantly, he allowed me to feel that I was capable.
I just wanted to reach out to you, and express my gratitude and tell you how happy I am that I chose Seattle Barista Academy for my training. I would recommend your school to anyone I knew who wanted the type of quality training that you provided to me.
I now feel that I have all of the necessary tools to move forward into my new business and become a successful coffee shop owner!
If you are ever on the east coast, please come check out my shop and see for yourself the results of the training that you provided me with!
Take care and hope to see you again:)
Sincerely, - Liz Cellucci