Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)

Do you accept international students?

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 reserve your spot and for more details, please contact us

Can I skip classes?

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 Barista Level 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.

Age limit?

Minimum age requirement is 14 unless accompanied by an adult. 

I don't see a class time that works for my schedule? 

Contact us to see how we can assist you.

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

You know the difference between a regular cup of coffee and a delicious coffee  skillfully prepared by an expert Barista. The Canadian Barista & 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!

Do I need a coffee background to take the classes?

No, however, the Barista Training Classes should be taken in order

Do I have to take the Coffee Business and Barista Training classes all at once, over one weekend?

You can register for each class individually to suit your personal schedule. Different arrangements can be made. If you want assistance then please contact us with your special request. 


Yes, you can park in the ECM staff parking with CBCA stickers. Please see the picture below.

Parking near Barista Academy

Where are you located?
Hotels nearby? 

We have partnered with two hotels.  Accent Inns-Burnaby  and the Executive Suites - Burnaby. Both hotels are nearby and offers students of the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy special rates.

Waiting list?

Please Contact Us if your first choice class is fully booked.

What happens if I cancel?

See our Refund Policy for a full breakdown.

Gift cards?

Yes, click here

Coffee roasting classes?

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

Roasting coffee 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.

We recommend you take our prerequisites Coffee Tasting Level 1 and Barista Level 1 and then apply to our introduction to coffee roasting business course by sending us an email request for a class.

Does the Academy review and endorse coffee related products?

We receive lots of requests on a weekly basis and prefer that you send the product to our campus for assessment. We will review your product but will not endorse it. If the product is exceptional then we may feel compelled to feature the product in our classes or blog about it. Send your product to: 3711 1st Ave, Burnaby, BC V5C 3V6. We don't promise anything, nor do we accept commissions for reviewing. And, please send us an email to confirm.

Do you have a job board? 

Yes, as an employer you can post your jobs on our facebook page and I will like it and share it to our twitter and instagram accounts.

Do you accept Visa Debit?

Yes, in the checkout select 'Paypal' and once you are directed to the paypal site you can select to pay with Visa Debit.