ABC's was founded in 2004 by Bruce Milletto, president of Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup, the specialty coffee industry's leading consulting company.
Since 1991, Bellissimo has set the standard for education and training in the specialty coffee industry. Thousands of coffee business owners have benefited from our expertise and created successful, profitable operations from single cafes to drive-thrus to major chains across the country.
Fueled by the passion of its founder, Bruce Milletto, Bellissimo has stayed on the cutting-edge of this explosive growth industry, and the company has evolved and expanded to address the needs of those entering the ever-changing specialty coffee market. The latest expansion of Bellissimo was the opening of the ABC's, where entrepreneurs from all over the world attend classes to learn what it takes to be successful in today's competitive retail specialty coffee market.
In addition to teaching entrepreneurs the fundamentals of opening a specialty coffee business, it is ABC's mission to expose students to a broad range of coffee-related equipment and products. To this end, Bellissimo enlisted the help of the leading companies in the industry, and today over 60 companies sponsor the school, allowing students to sample the best the industry has to offer.
ABC's students range from representatives of large established corporations who need to learn about coffee to entrepreneurs seeking to open their first coffeehouse. Our prestigious school draws existing retailers looking to boost profits as well as baristas looking to fine-tune their skills or prepare for barista slams.
The school's popularity resulted in a move to an expanded state-of-the-art facility in April of 2006. ABC's is located near downtown Portland's picturesque waterfront, close to the best restaurants, shopping and hotels the city has to offer.