About Us

Our Organization

National Coffee Academy (NCA) is an independent private organization working with national and global development organizations empowering people with disabilities and promoting an inclusive coffee value chain from Nepal to the world. We are sharing our coffee knowledge with all and amplifying the voices of people with disabilities associated with the coffee sector because an inclusive society is better for all!

The NCA is the inclusive (accessible / disabled-friendly) coffee training center in Kathmandu run by Q Graders & Authorized SCA Trainers (ASTs). It was established in 2010, as the then ‘Coffee Information Center’(कफी सुचना केन्द्र, बल्खु).

In 2020, realizing the importance of social inclusion in the coffee value chain, NCA has started an accessible Barista Training School dedicated to people with different disabilities. The Disability-inclusive and Deaf Barista Training course is given at the accessible training venue located at Narephate, Koteshwor, Kathmandu which is consciously designed for deaf, aspiring coffee professionals, students going abroad, and migrant workers.

NCA Barista training center is considered one of the top culinary training institutions in Nepal and the best barista and coffee training school in Nepal.

Our Story

National Coffee Academy has started its journey in 2010 as the ‘Coffee Information Center’ (कफी सुचना केन्द्र, बल्खु) with the main objective to sensitize the ‘specialty coffee’ concept and the promotion of high grade Nepal Coffee produced by small holders.

Later, in 2015, an additional group of passionate specialty coffee professionals were teamed up and the center has been reorganized and renamed as Nepal Coffee Consulting (NCC) which is now working as the resource center for the development of Nepali coffee sector. NCC has partnered with Coffee Strategies, an international coffee consulting company to implement bigger projects.

Our team consist of experienced farmers, agronomists, Q graders, processors, roasters, exporters, technicians, value chain & sustainability experts, market analysts and trade experts. The primary objective of NCC is to help promoting Nepali coffee industry by providing professional consultancy services to farmers, cooperatives, coffee related entrepreneurs, coffee companies, I/NGOs, government and coffee related stake-holders.

Our Founders

Raj Kumar Banjara, Ph.D. is the first Q Arabica Grader & Specialty Coffee Educator in Nepal. Dr. Banjara is the Certified Trainer for Coffee Processing, Grading, Roasting, Barista, Brewing, Sensory, and Sustainability. He has served to the Government of Nepal as the Board Member of the Nepal Tea & Coffee Development Board. He is the founder of HimalayanArabica® Coffee Brand and the former Director of Nepal Philosophical Research Center.

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Nima Tenzing Sherpa is the certified Arabica Q Grader, SCA Roaster, Barista and Coffee Processor. He has been growing coffee since 2008 and has been an active member of the specialty coffee association of America since 2012 and Nepal Tea & Coffee Development Board.

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Why NCA is the best coffee training center in Nepal?

  • Offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and professionally designed coffee training, CQI accredited courses, Roasting & Barista classes, and SCA courses in an internationally recognized, accessible coffee training facility,
  • Dedicated to the development of easy, simple, and accessible disability-inclusive coffee technical education and vocational training materials,
  • The coffee courses are consciously designed by qualified educationists and classes are run by talented experienced trainers,
  • Backed up by the coffee legends and pioneers,
  • Having their own internship centers, NCA is the workshop for coffee learners & professionals.

NCA is operating separate schools for Barista training and Roasting Training School and many coffee experts considered the school as one of the best barista and coffee roasting training centers in Kathmandu, Nepal. NCA is listed as one of the top culinary training institutions in Nepal dedicated to people with disabilities.

The course content of our barista class complies with the SCA Barista Skills program and the course content of our roasting class complies with the SCA Roasting Skills program. NCA Barista training center is an ideal place for all passionate espresso home Barista, homebrewers, jobseekers, and coffee lovers looking to learn a real professional style of Italian espresso, cappuccinos, and latte arts.

Our Training Facilities

We are running a separate school for Barista Training and Roasting Training. Our Barista School is a fully disability-inclusive wheelchair accessible training centre.  We are offering barista training for the deaf on a monthly basis.

  • Disability Inclusive Training Venue audited by concerned organizations
  • Run by the Q Graders and ASTs
  • Practical Roasting and Barista Course for Business
  • Highly competitive and renowned trainers

Our Team


Co-Founder and Head of Training

Founder, Q Grader; Authorized SCA Trainer; Specialty Coffee Educator, Consultant, and Head of Training at NCA

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Co-Founder and Processing Expert

Certified Arabica Q Grader, SCA Roaster, Barista and Coffee Processor

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Co-Founder & PMER Expert

Dr. Karki is a Sociologist working in the field of development and research for last ten years.


Agriculture Expert

Mr. Dinesh Jamarkattel is an agriculture expert with over five years of experience in the coffee sector.

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I’ve been actively working in coffee industry since 2016 & have several great experiences & achievements in coffee. It is a privilege to be associated with NCA.

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Adviser – Inclusion

Dr. Poudel has a thirty-year committed history of development, research, and feminist work in Nepal, the south, east and central Asia, western Europe, and North Africa with various organizations including Oxfam, USAID, UN systems, and academia.


Coffee Value Chain Expert

Founder of Coffee Strategies, USA is a coffee market, value chain, and international trade consultant with seventeen years’ experience.


Trainer- Brewing

Living in Nepal for 14 years, Promoter Home brew coffee & Japanese coffee culture in Nepal

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काष्ठ श्वन
काष्ठ श्वन
National coffee academy is a true gem for the people who want to learn the art of barista. They have a qualified and knowledgeable instructors and has a hands-on approach that focus on quality coffee. Truly inspired by this academy. #topbaristatraining #CoffeeExcellence #Nepal #BestBaristaTraining #CoffeeEducationExecellence #latteart #NCA
Mukesh Yadav
Mukesh Yadav
I recently had the pleasure of attending of barista training programme at the renowned barista school in Nepal and I must say it was an exceptional experience. This training centre has rightly onde its reputation as one of the best business schools in Nepal and without a doubt one of the finest coffee training centres in Kathmandu valley. They had the highest level of expert instructors, comprehensive curriculum and state of the art coffee training center and coffee lab. Highly recommended #baristatraining #coffeeeducation #baristaskills
Sofia Stha
Sofia Stha
I found the nca of the best training in nepal. From latte art to teaching me various types of coffee recipe they have taught me almost everything a Batista should know and they even helped me find a job after the Batista training so far this is one of the best Batista training ever. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to start their career as a Batista.❤️
Sambriddhi Dahal
Sambriddhi Dahal
# barista training center National coffee academy is one of the best barista training center for those people who are interested for barista training and choosing there career in the field of coffee. I would like to personally recommend people to visit here for the best courses in coffee preparation.
Tarzan Thaqure
Tarzan Thaqure
i fiund nationls coffee academy one of best barista traing centers in nepal i have a learnt varions techiqus
Bibek Rimal
Bibek Rimal
I found best barista training academy in kathmandu nepal. I have learned various technique art milk steaming & extracting the right espresso shot. NCA train not only the student but also the people with disability. #baristatrainingcenter #baristaacademy #coffeemaking #latteart #coffeeacademy #coffeeschool.
Akshika Rijal
Akshika Rijal
I found national coffee academy one of the best barista training center in Nepal. I learnt various techniques of pouring latte aret, milk pouring, milk steaming and extraction of right Expresso shots. The doasing, tamping and espresso extraction techniques are some of the skills I learned throughout the training process. #beatbraistatrainingcenter #voffeeking #latteart #coffeeacademy #coffeeschool
isha basnet
isha basnet
I really like the way they teach and focus on each and every student individually. Great work keep it up 👍

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