Barista Training Courses

In Glasgow, Edinburgh & Throughout Scotland.

The Scottish Barista School offers coffee training and barista training in Glasgow and Edinburgh, although tailored courses can be offered nationally. We offer the SCAE modules and diploma, meaning you gain a recognised qualification to allow you to continue on your chosen career path. All our courses are hands on and give you the chance to learn the most important part of coffee brewing, the tasting.



“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”

Benjamin Franklin



We believe that attention to detail is everything. That’s why we keep our class’s small with a maximum of 2 / 4 people to each class.

Expert Training

Jim Watson who runs our courses is a fully qualified Barista and he is absolutely passionate about coffee with 23 years. Jim is a qualified SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe) and is a City & Guilds trainer.

Our forthcoming courses dates

SCAE Foundation Barista

 2nd June | 16th June | 17th June | 20th June | 19th June | 16th Aug | 6th Sept

SCAE Foundation Barista Barista Barista

19th & 20th July | 16th & 17th Aug | 6th & 7th Sept

SCAE Foundation Grinding and Brewing

20th July | 17th Aug | 7th Sept

Barista Training Gift Vouchers now available

We have gift vouchers for our training courses.
Perfect gifts for Anniversaries, Birthdays and Christm

Our two most popular coffee course.

SCAE foundation barista
training course

Whether coffee is your passion, your job, or a career opportunity waiting to happen, having the core skills is vital. The SCAE Barista Skills (foundation) course lays the foundations for you to build your skills on.

  • Set a Grinder
  • Operate an espresso machine
  • Prepare and present an espresso drink
  • Foam milk properly
  • Taste different coffees.

Barista Barista Barista
training course

A two day course that covers the three main disciplines of these courses, the SCAE Introduction to Coffee, SCAE Barista Skills and SCAE Brewing and Grinding. You will leave with the skills needed to follow a career in the coffee industry.

  • Two days
  • Three SCAE qualifications.
  • 20 points toward your coveted SCAE Coffee Diploma
  • “We have worked with Jim Watson on numerous Barista Employability courses run in partnership with Job Centre Plus. These courses have been fundamental in providing individuals with key skills to assist them in gaining employment in the Barista/Hospitality industry. Jim has a great rapour with the trainees and makes the course interesting and fun! Jim in extremely knowledgeable and give the individuals a solid foundation in which to start their barista career. ”

    Jacky Carstairs Lever Training Ltd
  • “Recommend it to anyone who wants to immerse deeper into the world of coffee or those who wants to take a career in coffee more seriously. I was a beginner and the training was fun and rewarding. Jim made sure I practiced enough to be familiar with the essential preparation for delivering THE cup of coffee. I will never ever look at the coffee machine and my coffee the same way again!”

    Chunli Zhang
  • “One of the luckiest things that has ever happened to me is stumbling across Jim Watson through a Google search for ‘barista training in Scotland’. I honestly feel as though Jim cares as much about the success of my business as I do. Jim gives 110% to everything he does and I would recommend his training without reservation. Support from Jim does not stop when the training session ends, he’s always at the end of a phone and nothing seems to be too much bother, a rare quality these days!”

    Lynn Frost
  • “I just want to say a big massive thank you to you and Jim for the fantastic experience I had on Monday 13th. I loved every second of it and I have learned a lot. Thank you for the delicious lunch and for the outstanding customer care for picking me up and dropping me off to the train station. Everything was very much appreciated. love,light and blessings”

  • “Can’t thank you enough, I really did have fun and it was a true pleasure to learn from someone with such a clear and strong passion and depth of knowledge.”

    Alexander Wallace

View all the courses we have on offer.