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About Us

The Australian Coffee Academy (previously known as the SA Coffee Academy) is Adelaide’s leading facility for professional barista training and coffee courses. Originally located on Rundle Street in Kent Town, the SA Coffee Academy was established back in 2003 by Tourism and Training South Australia (TTSA). Brian Raslan came on board with the Academy and ran his first course in late 2003. However, in September 2005, the Government of South Australia took a new direction by launching a coffee school at the Regency TAFE campus, resulting in the closure of the Academy.

Brian saw the opportunity in continuing the SA Coffee Academy brand, and took over the business and continued to offer professional barista training from 2005 onwards. The Academy was firstly relocated to a space in Flinders Street, Adelaide, before finding it’s permanent home on Gawler Place in 2006.

From this time on, Brian has set an industry standard in coffee training in Adelaide and around the country, successfully running small classes in Espresso Coffee Making, Coffee Art and more. In 2017 the SA Coffee Academy officially transitioned to the Australian Coffee Academy as the business broadens its horizons for endless possibilities in the coffee industry in Australia.

With a commitment to sharing passion and knowledge for coffee and the Adelaide hospitality scene, Brian and his industry trainers take pride in delivering small, hands-on classes with a focus on current industry trends to ensure each student goes home feeling confident in their coffee skills and techniques.

Whether you are new to the industry and want to enter at a high-skill level, are currently employed and wish to improve on your existing skills, are a home user or simply want to learn more about the world of coffee, we have the course for you!

Since 2000, Brian has operated the highly successful and multi-award winning Caffe Buongiorno Tea Tree Plus in Modbury, SA. In 2004 he became the Head Trainer at the SA Coffee Academy, which he now owns and operates. Brian is a Certified Australian Barista Judge, Certified World Barista Judge, Australian Barista Championships Judge and ASCA Executive member. Brian’s judging experience ranges from barista competitions, latte art competitions and coffee in good spirits competitions in local, national and international events. He was the 2008/09 Winner Royal Adelaide Show Cupping Competition and placed 3rd in the 2009 Australian Cupping Competition.

Brian is a life member of Australian Specialty Coffee Associations and has been a member of the specialty coffee association since 2001. Brian has his advanced diploma in hospitality, is a certified professional restauranteur and is an accredited Specialty Association of Europe (SCAE) trainer.

Adelaide’s best trainers

Small class sizes

One coffee machine and grinder per student

Copy of ‘Barista Techniques’ by John Doyle

Value for money

Located in the heart of the CBD

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