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Australian Coffee Academy

Meet Our Trainers

Brian Raslan

Brian Raslan

Head Trainer and Academy Founder/Director

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 Coffee Association (SCA) trainer.

Here are Brians Achievements:

  • Certified Australian Barista Judge
  • Over 20 years experience
  • Australian Barista Championships Judge
  • World Barista Championship Judge 2004 to 2008
  • Australian Specialty Coffee Association (ASCA) Life Member
  •  Advanced Diploma in Hospitality 
  •  SCAE Coffee Diploma Now SCA
  •  Certificate 4 Training & Assessment
  •  AST-(Accredited SCA Trainer)
  •  Certified Professional Restaurateu
  • 2013 award winner for Cafe Buongiorno
  • Brian was the 2008/09 Winner of the Royal Adelaide Show Cupping Competition and placed 3rd in the 2009 Australian Cupping Competition.
  • Brian  was also the first South Australian to place in the top three of any Australian competition and also the first to be a “World Barista Championship Judge.”
Thanh luu adelaide barista courses

Thanh Luu

Course Trainer

I’m Thanh one of the Lead Instructors here at ACA. Over the past years I’ve been involved in many different aspects of the coffee industry from Barista-ING, to processing coffee on plantations in Asia, to the odd latte art smackdown. ⁣⁣

I love coffee with a passion and thirst for more knowledge continuously.⁣ Collaborating with ACA and Brian Raslan is a way I can give back to the coffee community I love so much. Passing on logical and sound training to the next generation of upcoming barista is exciting! ⁣⁣