About Bar Academy Hellas
We established Bar Academy in 2007 with the goal to provide, the missing and much needed, comprehensive and structured training for bar and coffee professionals.
It is the first training center in Greece specializing in bartenders', barista's, bar managers' and bar owners' education.
We divide the training into levels, each with a set of training programs, which are evolving and updated on an annual basis, following market trends.
The training programs are aimed at both young and experienced professionals regardless of professional experience, and the goal is to develop their knowledge about each subject.
Training takes place in the perfectly organized and modern facilities located in the centers of Athens, Thessaloniki, and Nicosia.
Besides training, Bar Academy provides comprehensive event services for professionals in the industry, such as competitions, product launches and also is the organizer of "Athens Bar Show" & "the Coffee Show.”.
"I think I got excited with the hospitality industry and specifically bars sometime between the ages 14 and 15 when I spent a month with my grandfather in Munich where he owned a beer house.That atmosphere amazed me and I immediately asked him to jump behind the bar!!
Later and while I was already studying in the department of biology in the National University of Athens (since 2001) I worked in several positions in the hospitality business, and I acquired knowledge and experience that I still use in my work.
It soon became obvious that my destination would be the bar industry and once I started working in bars, the next step would be to evolve within my chosen profession, so I attended several seminars in Bar Academy!
There my excitement about the bar industry grew bigger, and I am still, always looking for every way that will help me get more knowledgeable and more skillful in my profession.
During the last seven years I`ve worked for two, in my opinion, great bars in the center of Athens; "A for Athens" and "CV Distiller" and I still hold the position of "head bartender" in the latter.
I love great spirits and while I always love and get excited for any information about spirits and constant personal evolution, as a human being I do have preferences and in my case my love for whisky is very big."
Nikos Arvanitis has been working as a bartender since 2006.Rum is his passion and his desire to understand it lead him to the Caribbean. Living in Barbados and using this island as his base, he has visited 23 islands of the tropical zone of the “West Indies” and over 45 distilleries and sugarcane fields, both active and inactive .His journey is still on, will soon be reflected on paper and he has named it “From the West Indies to the World”. Nikos Arvanitis through his travels and speeches, he’s trying to spread the traditional production process of the Rum and the culture of the Caribbean people. Member of “Guardians of Rum” He is member in jury panel and instructor in rum presentation, in European Rum Festivals (Berlin, Paris, Poland, Greece etc.)
Thanasis Nikolis has been working in specialty coffee industry for 15 years as a Barista, head barista ,barista trainer ,roaster as well as personnel manager and coffee consultant.
For the last four years he is the Head Roaster and Barista Trainer Supervisor for Kudu Coffee Roasters.
He has taken courses in Management & Administration of Tourism Enterprises and over the years he has successfully competed in barista competitions and achieved the following rankings:
- 2nd in the National Barista Championship of 2012
- 1st in the National Barista Championship of 2013
- 11th in the World Barista Championship of 2013
- 2nd in the National Barista Championship of 2016
- 2nd in the National Roasting Championship of 2017
He has been awarded the Coffee Diploma system and is an active member of the SCA since 2011.
For the last two years he is also an active member of the SCA Hellas council, elected as Communication Coordinator.
In 2009 Panagiotis Vitalis took his first steps in the hospitality industry at a well-known multinational coffee company, learning much about the operation of a brew bar. Constantly pursuing professional development, he attends Barista, Latte Art and tasting seminars in the following years. At the same time he is an active member of two of the most important micro-roasteries in Greece, Tailor Made until 2012 and a senior barista at Nomad until 2016 .
In January 2015 he visits Arabica`s birthplace, Ethiopia, to learn more about the cultivation of the coffee tree and the processing of the coffee beans.
In January 2016, he won the first place in the National Cup Tasters championship.
He has trained coffee shops’ staff on specialty coffee and high-quality drinks and now he shares his knowledge and passion with Bar Academy students in Athens, Thessaloniki and Cyprus.
Ο Γιώργος Τσαλικίδης άρχισε την ενασχόλησή του με τον χώρο της εστίασης στα 15 του. Πιο ενεργά όμως ασχολήθηκε από τα 18 και μετά, σπουδάζοντας παράλληλα στο τμήμα Οικονομικών Επιστημών του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης.
Σιγά σιγά, τον κέρδισε ο υπέροχος κόσμος του καφέ, παρακολούθησε ποικίλα εκπαιδευτικά σεμινάρια και έγινε μέλος της SCA.
Δουλεύοντας σε επιλεγμένα καταστήματα της Θεσσαλονίκης, άρχισε συγχρόνως να παίρνει μέρος σε project οργάνωσης και σχεδιασμού bar ξενοδοχείων, garden bar, κτλ. Φιλοσοφία που ασπάζεται είναι ότι καφές και αλκοόλ αποτελούν συγκοινωνούντα δοχεία για έναν χώρο εστίασης.
Ήταν μέρος της ομάδας " B&W Spirit Evolution" και άρχισε παράλληλα να διδάσκει την τέχνη του barista σε ΙΕΚ της πόλης.
Είναι barista trainer και quality control manager για την Βόρεια Ελλάδα στην εταιρία καφέ ‘’Vergnano’’ από το 2018 και συνεχίζει την διδασκαλία πλέον μέσω της Bar Academy.