3 days before TED2017 April 21, 2017 18:40

3 days before Ted.

Friday, 6:32 pm. A long day but a good one. The first floor of the Vancouver Convention Center is a hive of activity.

Our job today was relatively simple: Get two espresso stations running and test everything by making coffee. Mission accomplished!

Tomorrow 3 more stations to set up, but first they have to be built as there are partnered with some significant corporate sponsors.

It's a little scary as there isn't much time, and the espresso technicians are anxious to join the festivities of the SCA Expo in Seattle this week.

Speaking of which, I am hopeful I will be able to escape Ted2017 briefly on Saturday night, to attend the party at Caffe Vita, in celebration of Gianni Cassatini's 80th birthday.
Gianni might be the world's most interesting man, in coffee. I'd hate to miss it.

But the consolation prize of being here at Ted2017 is pretty exciting.

Everywhere you turn, you can't help but bump into someone moving some furniture, an electrician wiring something or a carpenter.... building something I can only describe as.. well.. a cathedral!

There are little cozy zones of seating in every little corner, twist and turn. Places where a small group can splinter off into private discussion, or a heated quorum. Of course there are a zillion TV screens to make sure nobody misses any of the talks.

The project seems monumental yet it is being pulled off by a relatively young group of organizers, with their faces buried in their laptops and phones glued to their ears.

The setting is breathtaking. Pictures cannot do it justice.

Imagine making coffee everyday, framed by the snow capped "Lions Mountains" of Vancouver, with a carpet of blue ocean in front of you. Accented by seaplanes, taking off and landing, with the occasional cruise ship passing by, as sea birds fly past.

It almost erases the time pressure of setting up and organizing the Ted2017 coffee stations.

ALMOST erases....... one of the Ted2017 managers here joked that if one of the TED speakers got delayed, the people would understand, but if the coffee bars suddenly stopped making coffee, there would be a riot!

So yes. there is that tick-tock in the back of my brain.. But it isn't so noticeable when I'm sitting on a sleekly upholstered contemporary couch, with my feet up on a mod coffee table, warm computer on my lap, just drinking it all in.

Artisan Coffee fuels the Future You at TED2017 April 20, 2017 13:29

By now I would be enroute to the SCA Expo, instead I find myself immersed in the inspiring whirlpool of the TED2017 conference. It is the week before the 2017 Ted talks begin at the Vancouver Convention Center and several Vancouver based coffee companies along with the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy have banded together in a collective effort to fuel the intellectual synergy emanating at the shores of Burrard inlet. The lobby is being transformed into one giant coffee house. A Cafe Collective for the new Millennium so to speak, with some of the most insightful minds on the planet assembling to talk about people, planets, intelligence (real and artificial), design, the future, and a myriad of other mind stretching subjects.

This year's theme? "The Future You"

The diversity of the slate of speakers is mind boggling, from authors, to scientists, to superstars like Serena Williams, author of the human guinea pig, Tim Ferriss, and visionaries like Elon Musk. If that is not enough there is always the excitement of the "The Surprise Guest - A world figure whose identity we can't yet reveal.”

The talks are sold out as usual, with over 2000 attendees shelling out between $2000 to $6000 a person, in order to gain insight to help guide the future of their enterprises, institutions and their personal lives.

Luckily for us mere mortals, portions of the Ted talks will be screened at selected cinemas for about $23.

You may want to inquire at your local library and university if they will be streaming the talks live (and for free!), as was done in past years.

If you find yourself at the library, look for the book, The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen. If you haven't read this little gem, I highly suggest you pick up a copy, or download, or whatever it is people do these days.

In Devil's cup, Stewart Allen proposes that coffee was instrumental in leading western civilization out of the dark ages. According to Allen, coffee literally sobered up all of Europe at a time where drunken, slurred arguments were the norm in everyday European pub life.

The rise of 17th century coffee houses, suddenly created clarity of thought, and an abundance in energy, (which according to Allen), gave rise to the great intellects, writers and philosophers like Victor Hugo, Balzac, François-Marie Arouet, Rousseau, Jean-Paul Marat, Honoré de Balzac and Denis Diderot amongst others.

This is a new exciting partnership with the organizers of Ted. Some of the best coffees in Vancouver will be served to speakers and attendees, by some of the brightest young local barista talent.

I will divulge a few more details in the days to come, unfortunately this dream coffee shop is not open to the public(sorry!). But, we will endeavour to try and give you some details as the week progresses.

It should be a great event. There are several speakers I'm eager to bump into as it relates to our work at Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy, like behavioural economist Dan Ariely and cognitive scientist Anil Seth.

But personally I want to try and teach fellow Meta-learner, Tim Ferriss how to pour latte art, as Tim's series of 4-hour self help books have help to inspire the curriculum at the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy,

4-hour barista, Tim?

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Accents Inn preferred corporate rate for students of the Canadian Barista and Coffee Academy April 05, 2017 20:00

If you are coming from out of town and looking for a great place with a great rate then look no further... The Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy Vancouver Campus have partnered with Accents Inn - Burnaby and Mi Tierra Holidays to bring Accents Inn corporate rate to students of the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy. Read this info sheet for more details. 


Summer Calendar updated today... March 20, 2017 14:24

Check out our new 2017 Summer Calendar now online full of comprehensive classes for learning to become a Barista, how to open a Coffee Business as well as 20% off our very popular Seasonal 4 day package, all available at the Vancouver Campus. Check it out

Spring Calendar March 14, 2017 19:19

Check out our new Spring Calendar now online full of comprehensive classes for learning to become a Barista, how to open a Coffee Business as well as 20% off our very popular 4 day package, all available at the Vancouver Campus. Check it out

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Canadian Barista Academy Today July 04, 2016 01:20

The Canadian Barista Academy continues to oversee barista competitions in Canada, and certify judges.

Currently the Canadian Barista Academy is teaching in virtual campuses in four major cities across Canada and growing. 

The Canadian Barista Academy's education focus is to be an open source academy that allows industry professionals to plug in and become involved as faculty.  Our instructors are actively involved in building course content and in research and development for the coffee industry. 

Over the past 10 years, we have worked with some of the most talented coffee professionals the world, and have brought in special international instructors, industry consultants, Canadian champions and even world champions.  

We stand proudly behind our course content, our instructors, our growing international reputation and our hundreds graduating students, many who have gone on to forge solid careers in the coffee industry both in Canada.  

Our objective is to educate - we simply want to improve coffee quality in Canada, one cup at a time.