Frequently Asked Questions

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 reserve your spot and for more details, please contact us

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 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. 

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: Travelling into town, and Don't see a class time that works for your schedule? 

A: Contact us to see how we can assist you.

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 & 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: 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 I then 
  2. Barista Level II and then  
  3. Barista Level III

Q: If I sign up for the ”Seasonal Special” 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: Is there Parking on-site? 

A: Yes, when you arrive at the Vancouver Campus (3711 E 1st Ave, Burnaby), you will see that you can park wherever it says reserved ECM staff parking only 24 hrs. Please see the picture below.

Parking your car at the Academy

Q: Where are you located? 

In Greater Vancouver at 3711 1st Avenue, Burnaby, BC

Q: Are there hotels, motels and B&B's close by that you suggest?

A: Our Vancouver campus is a short distance by car or public transit from area hotels. Accent Inns-Burnaby is very nearby and offers students of the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy their Preferred Corporate rate by following these steps.  For more hotel options, see the map below...

Q: If a class is fully booked, is there a waiting list?

A: Yes, it is possible to add your name to a waiting list. Please Contact Us if your first choice class is fully booked.

Q: What happens if I cancel?

A: All purchases are non-refundable. If you cancel your place in a class/course with 72 hours notice, then you can re-book the same class/course upon availability. Please see our Refund Policy for a full breakdown.

Q: Do you have gift cards?

A: Yes, click here

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.

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.

Q: Does the Academy review and endorse coffee related products?

A: 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 E 1st Ave, Burnaby, BC V5C 3V6. We don't promise anything nor do we accept commissions for reviewing.