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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Santosh Bista
Santosh Bista
2022-07-09
It was a very detail and interesting learning course. Mr.Banjara was very knowledgeable.
Falguni Khatiwada
Falguni Khatiwada
2022-07-06
it is a very good learning opportunity to learn barista training at national coffee academy. i recommend everyone to visit there once if you are interested to learn about coffee skills, barista training and coffee roasting training and other coffee making skills.
BIMAL ADHIKARI2056
BIMAL ADHIKARI2056
2022-07-06
Thank you so much for teaching us so easily #nationalcoffeeacademy Best training center in nepal Nca
Prasana Poudel
Prasana Poudel
2022-07-03
Recently, I had a chat with Mr. Rajkumar who is the owner of this academy and i learned in depth regarding the coffee industry in Nepal. I was not aware that the coffee produced in Nepal is so valuable. It was pleasure to gain knowledge about it. Moreover, Mr. Rajkumar wants to transform the coffee industry in Nepal and his efforts can be seen from this academy itself. This academy provides platform for those enthusiasts who want to know in depth about the coffee industry as well as learn all the process involved in it. Through this academy, one can also be trained to be a barista.
Asmita Subedi
Asmita Subedi
2022-07-03
A very beautiful, cozy and friendly place for coffee lovers. The disabled - friendly setup of the National Coffee Academy makes it even more attractive.
Nikita Khatiwada
Nikita Khatiwada
2022-07-03
Nation Coffee Academy is a very inclusive platform for sharing knowledge regarding coffee in Nepal. The academy is particularly has a very impactful message go give to the society although it may seems like a general place to know about coffee and its overall value and supply chain. However, it is a disability inclusive where differently able people are prioritize and then helped to transfer the knowledge regarding any aspect of coffee value chain. Apart from this, it is a platform that provides training, education on every aspect of value chain of coffee in Nepal.
Binayak Ghimire
Binayak Ghimire
2022-07-03
Great initiation, the organisation is working on a Coffee industry value chain and National Coffee Academy is a part of that value chain, the inclusive principle adopted by organisation is really admirable.
Pramod lama (Carneol Ernesto)
Pramod lama (Carneol Ernesto)
2022-07-02
NCA was just what I needed to Levelup my skills to a new level...Thank You NCA !"
Utsav Wagle
Utsav Wagle
2022-07-01
It was a really great experience knowing the insights and really opened our mind and made us realize how irrelevant are the theories and the things we study in class is compared to the real life happenings or how the things in real world functions. It has really made us excited about the industry and hopefully we will be able contribute to this industry in the future in promoting the Nepalese coffee all over the world. Thank You.
cool humagain
cool humagain
2022-06-30
As a part of nca family I would like to say that if you are willing to know about coffee you can visit nca academy where you can get knowledge with experience teacher in a friendly environment

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