Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)

Q: Can I skip Barista Levels I and II and just take Barista Level III?

A: This may put you in a disadvantaged position to other people in the class. For this reason, we recommend you take Barista Level I and II in their entirety. Even experienced Baristas with a couple years of experience can find themselves lagging behind novices whose Baristas careers are just a few hours old. Because a novice has taken Level I and II. 

Q: Do I need a coffee background to take the classes?

A: No, however, the Barista Training Classes should be taken in order: 1) Barista Level 1 then 2) Barista Level II and then 3) Barista Level III

Q: Is there an age limit for your Barista Courses?

Minimum age requirement is 14 unless accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult also has to pay full price for attending the course.

Q: Are there hotels or B & Bs close by?

A: There are two B & Bs very nearby and both offer students of the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy a discounted rate.

There are two hotel options as well.

You can also copy and paste our address (633 Bloor Street west, Toronto, Ontario) into Google and Trip Advisor and stay nearby... 

Q: Is there Parking on-site? 

A: There are a number of parking lots very close by and can range in price from $7 day and up. There is a Green P parking lot #093 about one block away and then there is Carpark #85 which is less then 2 blocks away. You can also use google maps and click on 'search nearby' and enter 'parking' to find more parking spaces available.

Q: Taking transit to the Academy?

A: It is very convenient to use public transit to arrive at the Academy. There are 2 stations nearby (Christie and Bathurst). See the Google map for more details.

Q: Why is this a good investment of my time, effort and money?

A: You know the difference between a regular cup of coffee and a delicious coffee beverage skillfully prepared by an expert Barista. The Canadian Barista and Coffee Academy will turn your good taste into your own business, occupation or simply a way to impress your friends at home. Don’t ever settle for a second rate cup of coffee again.

Q: What happens if I need to re-schedule or cancel?

A: Please refer to our Refund Policy that is found at the checkout here

Q:If I sign up for the ”Opening a Coffee Business” package, do I need to take the classes all at once?

A: It is best, but different arrangements can be made. Please contact us with your special request.

Q: Where are you located?

In Toronto at 633 Bloor Street west, Suite D, Toronto, Ontario

Q: I am interested in learning the art of coffee roasting. Would you recommend any resources? Do you offer classes?

A: It is not a course we list on our website because of the complexity of skills needed for coffee roasting.

Roasting courses are more often designed for you to buy roasting equipment, to persuade you to believe that anyone can roast - and easily all in one weekend. That is not the purpose of our course, we are not here to sell you equipment, we teach you HOW to be successful at roasting.

In 3rd wave cafes’ the # 1 seller is espresso based drinks. As a roaster, if you don’t know how to make espresso, dial-in the espresso machine and grinder, or taste for errors then you can’t fix your roasting errors and shouldn’t roast for espresso.

It's not like 20 years ago when you could put any beans in a bag and sell it. The industry has grown so competitive with so many options that you are unlikely to succeed if you can’t make espresso. The roasters that are succeeding are the roasters that know how to ‘really’ make coffee and taste coffee.

At our Toronto Coffee School we recommend you take our prerequisites Bean to Cup and Barista Level 1 and then apply to our introduction to coffee roasting business course (currently only available in Vancouver) by sending us an email request for a class.

Q: Do you accept international students?

A: Yes, but you must possess intermediate English listening and comprehension skills. We do offer a special ESL class to small groups of 6-8 students. To register and for more details, please contact us.

Q: Do you have a job board to post open positions from employers?

A: Yes, you can post your jobs on our forum under the category for 'coffee jobs'

also, you can post it on our facebook page and I will like it and share it to our twitter account.

Q: What courses can I take, to get a job as a barista? Will you be able to help me get a job interview with a coffee shop after I finish the course?

A: Check out our ‘Coffee Jobs Board’ on our forum for recent job offerings.