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It was the 1990s when the coffee industry boomed in the Philippines. Since then, coffee has been a part of everyone’s lives. People of all ages started drinking coffee, whether it is a 3-in-1 coffee or those worth a-hundred-something, as part of their daily routine. In a snap, almost everybody just became passionate about coffee.
Last 2009, a group of likeminded individuals decided to establish a school that would enhance the Filipino barista skills and increase Filipino’s coffee appreciation. The Philippine Barista & Coffee Academy, Inc. (PBCA) was born. PBCA is the only school in the country affiliated by The American Barista & Coffee School (ABC’s) in Portland, Oregon. ABC’s is the premier professional facility in the world for coffee business entrepreneurs. ABC’s is located in Portland, Oregon and is the first to offer a complete coffee business educational workshop combined with hands-on barista training.
On April 2015, PBCA was officially renamed Barista and Coffee Academy of Asia. It still retains affiliation with The American Barista & Coffee School (ABC). Moreover, it is a TESDA Accredited as an Assessment Center.
BCAA’s continuously raise the bar and people’s awareness of coffee’s potentials and thus, be the country’s reference for coffee culture. Its mission is to help address the growing needs and requirements of the specialty coffee industry.
The academy offers world-class barista training as PBCA’s programs are patterned after the ABC’s. As a result, BCAA graduates are able to manage their own Cafes or land on quality coffee related jobs locally, regionally and internationally.
The school aspires to synergize with people, groups or organizations, to promote coffee awareness and skills development. Being focused on coffee but not being limited to it, BCAA also aims to provide students with opportunities to experiment, explore, expand their palate and create various specialty beverages that would further complement their barista profession.
The facilities of the school can be rented and used as a place for coffee related meetings, conferences and even coffee education parties. Under BCAA, the school have expanded to an additional 150sqm to accommodate roasting and cupping classes, Tea Appreciation facilities, as well as provide proper capacity to conduct Coffee Quality Grading certification classes (Q Grading Classes).
BCAA is brewing more courses related to coffee, food and beverage and even Hotel and Restaurant Services. The school wants to incessantly help Filipinos progress in this field and boost the coffee culture and industry of the Philippines.