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

RAJ KUMAR BANJARA, PhD

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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NIMA TENZING SHERPA

Co-Founder and Processing Expert

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

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TEJ BAHADUR KARKI, PhD

Co-Founder & PMER Expert

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

DINESH JAMARKATTEL

Agriculture Expert

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

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KISHAN GURUNG

Trainer

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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MEENA POUDEL, PhD

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.

ANDREW HETZEL

Coffee Value Chain Expert

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

KAZU FROM JAPAN

Trainer- Brewing

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

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REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS

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Nihal Gurung
Nihal Gurung
2022-12-13
1. Overall I had a good experience to learn a lot from the course. This introduction course gave me an insight of the coffee production process. All the general ideas from the time of the harvest till it gets brewed to the coffee cup. 2. I guess all the topics that’s were introduced in the class had its own importance but the one that I enjoyed the most was the roasting and cupping. 3. Well this was my first coffee course experience and I am very glad that I did this course. It gave me a general insight on coffee. We didn’t go into much details but it gave me all the processes that is to be kept in mind to make a specialty coffee. I did go to Himalayan Java to learn about coffee but the course they’d offered was barista training which is irrelevant to me. 4. It was a good learning experience and I’m proud that we got to grasp a great deal of knowledge about coffee from an experienced and qualified professor and a doctor and a Q grader Dr. Raj Kumar Banjara 5. Yes, we are actually planning to export coffee in Hong Kong. For the time being we are very motivated and want to explore the coffee market. 6. The venue was great. That provided us lunch and breaks and regarding the disability accessibility I’m also happy that NCA has looked upon on this matter. I guess the tables we was in the class room was user friendly and made for the disabled. 7. Our professor was qualified and well experience. He gave us all the basic information what is included in the making of coffee. I was really impressed about the way he explained and taught us all the basics about the coffee. The only complaint I had was we wouldn’t get the slides because we missed out some of the points we wanted to review but over all we were happy with all the knowledge he shared with us. 8. We are happy we did this course. Is was a general introductory course were we learnt all the general things about coffee. We still have a lot to learn and want to keep learning more. There are other important and in-depth courses that we still need to attend so we will be coming back for those courses after Dr. Raj Kumar gets back from Europe.
Atul Thapa
Atul Thapa
2022-12-13
Nice ambience and coffee learning experience. Happy to learn from coffee professionals.
suraj lama
suraj lama
2022-12-12
One of the best for coffee training and a great office of all time.
Sanu Tamang
Sanu Tamang
2022-12-12
I have been searching for a professional barista training centre in Kathmandu Nepal and I find National Coffee Academy as the best barista training institute in Nepal. Now I can prepare most of the popular coffee drinks like cafe latte, cappuccinos, mocha and also hand brew coffee like pour over V60, Turkish Coffee, moka pot coffee and other special beverages like affagato, conpana, smoothie bowls, and more. Thank you team NCA.
Prajwol Rana
Prajwol Rana
2022-12-11
Very friendly environment for learning and down to earth trainers.NCA provided me the best experience of my life.I gained so much knowledge about coffee making and brewing with such a humble trainers they're always Eger to teach you from different perspective.I recommend every beginners to join NCA it's life changing experience.
Sagar Saud
Sagar Saud
2022-12-09
I really had a great time with NCA team. I really enjoyed it and the environment is friendly and i got a chance to learn with them. Do visit NCA😊
Sudip Bhujel
Sudip Bhujel
2022-11-30
from my experience it’s probably the best place to learn barista if your searching to learn barista. Thanks for your help and support 🙌

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