SCAE Diploma Holder, SCAE Authorized Trainer, Roast Master, and Tea Sommelier
Founder/Owner of IBCA Coffee Academy, and Espresso Italia in Tempe, AZ.
Patrick O’Malley is an Arizona native, born in Tucson. He was raised in the small, yet cultural, town of Bisbee, AZ before venturing to Hawaii and California where he worked as coffee/espresso service technician and discovered the soulful art of being a barista. He returned Phoenix, AZ in the early 1990’s and continued honing his craft. After a successful career in beverage management, Patrick decided to follow his passion as a coffee/tea drink specialist. In 1998, Patrick founded Espresso Italia. Today, Patrick is the owner of Espresso Italia Brands, which operates Espresso Italia, Infusion Coffee+Tea, LiquidTech, and IBCA.
Patrick O’Malley is as close to a “Professor of Coffee” as one can get. Most recently, in 2012, he earned the coveted Coffee Diploma from the SCAE (Specialty Coffee Association of Europe). He is only the 43rd person in the world to attain this diploma.
Patrick is an SCAE Authorized Trainer, Roast Master, and Tea Sommelier. He created the IBCA (International Barista Coffee Academy) to educate those with a desire to learn more in the following key areas: Barista Skills, Roasting, Grinding and Brewing, Sensory Cup Tasting, Green Coffee, Tea Sommelier.
He is the Master Roaster and Tea Blender for Infusion Coffee+Tea.
Patrick is also a regular on the judge’s panel at various International Barista Championships around the world.
IBCA Class Instructor, Equipment Maintenance Director
IBCA Instructor: Barista Intermediate, Espresso Machine Equipment Technical Training, Preventative Equipment Training
Matt loves “tinkering”…with everything! From rebuilding classic cars in his free time to teaching IBCA students about proper espresso machine calibration, Matt is a master when it comes to solving and preventing the majority of coffee equipment issues. He lives for sharing his knowledge. Matt offers IBCA’s students useful tips, which can extend the life of an espresso machine, and also offers cost-effective machine maintenance as well as important preventative care information. Matt is also responsible for ensuring that all IBCA’s espresso machines are calibrated and in tip-top working order for all IBCA classes.
Matt has worked alongside Patrick O’Malley at IBCA and Espresso Italia since 2003 and is an invaluable member of the IBCA team of instructors.