About Online Barista Training

Bellissimo Coffee Advisors is proud to present a coffee education platform and training methodology to the digital age. Coffee education has evolved immensely in the past two decades and Bellissimo has been at the forefront every step of the way.

Our online training platform and business guidance is based on our history of pure dedication to the success of retailers and baristas in specialty coffee, and is delivered in a manner to provide a consistent training resource for baristas, as well as on-going education for retailers around the world.

Our Experts

Bruce Milletto

Bruce Milletto is recognized by the press and the coffee industry internationally as the voice of the specialty coffee industry. He has been interviewed by, or quoted in: the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Newsweek, 60 Minutes, Kiplinger’s, Starbucks Annual Report, Forbes, the Economist, Harvard Management Update, Crain’s Business Review, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, Business Week and Entrepreneur.

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) named Bruce Milletto one of its 20 “Coffee Luminaries,” and he appeared in Gourmet Retailer’s 25th anniversary issue on the list of the 25 individuals who helped shape the specialty coffee industry.

Matt Milletto

Matt Milletto has extensive experience in retail coffee, and has opened and managed multiple coffeehouses. Matt has personally trained more than 2500 new coffee retail business owners and barista trainers/managers over the past 20 years. He regularly speaks at Coffee Fest, SCA, and other industry trade shows and has been quoted in numerous newspapers and industry magazines, including the Wall Street Journal.

Matt is the current President the Oregon Coffee Board and a recipient of Portland Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 Award. Through Bellissimo Coffee Advisors, he founded BaristaExchange.com and is also a head judge for all CoffeeFest Latte Art Competitions. Matt is the director and developer of Online Barista Training, and coordinates all consulting services with Bellissimo’s clients and past graduates. In 2009, Matt partnered with his father, Bruce to open Water Avenue Coffee, Portland’s premiere Micro-Roaster and Retail coffee operation.

August Epstein

August has over 10 years of experience as a world-class barista and an encyclopedia of knowledge on all things coffee. As the Director of Training for Water Avenue Coffee and Bellissimo Coffee Advisors he regularly travels around the Portland Metro Area instructing Water Avenue clients on how best to prepare and serve our offerings. He is the primary instructor for all Online Barista Training and has helped hundreds of aspiring and established coffee entrepreneurs to refine their barista skills and coffee knowledge. 

In his spare time, August plays drums in a local Portland rock band and volunteers to teach youth musicianship.