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SCAE Introduction To Coffee

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

be32a02f30e958bDo you need help setting up your machine? Learn how to set your grinder for perfect espresso extraction, foam and texture your milk, the full range of drinks that a café would provide and the care and maintenance of your machine. You’ll go home with the skills to produce a cup of coffee to wow your family, friends or customers.
The SCAE Barista training (Foundation) will allow you to gain both valuable barista training and proof of your course to take with you to show a future employer, will give you the chance to follow a rewarding career that is in demand throughout the world.

The Scottish Barista School offers coffee training and barista training in Glasgow and Edinburgh, although tailored courses can be offered nationally. Contact us to discuss your exact requirements. Based in Bathgate, West Lothian 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.

All our foundation courses allow you a taste of that particular discipline, and gives you the chance to decide if this is the direction you want to take.

Successful candidates will gain the core skills needed to be a barista, including …

• Understanding what influences the different flavours of coffee and the key differences between Arabica and Robusta.
• How to store and how soon you have to use coffee beans.
• The knowledge and skills needed to use a grinder and espresso machine.
• How to prepare and present an espresso to a customer.
• Foaming milk to make the perfect cup of coffee.
• Most importantly tasting coffees and being able to distinguish the types of coffee from those amazing flavours alone.
Whilst this course is for people with no experience it is recommended (but not mandatory) that you have taken Introduction to Coffee before starting on this course, the perfect start to your diploma or just to awaken the coffee connoisseur within.

Is the scae barista skills (foundation) course for you?

• Have you bought, or are planning to buy an espresso machine?
• Are you planning to work in, or open your own café?
• Are you using an espresso machine, and want to get better results?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above then sign up now. Whilst the course is aimed at those using commercial espresso machines, home baristas are more than welcome and will come away with a whole new understanding of commercial coffee brewing.
So if you have a love of coffee, feel you need barista training, or need to learn more about serving coffee to customers then sign up now.

Upcoming course dates below or contact us to find out more about our courses, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Skill Level : Beginner
  • Duration : 1 day – 9:30am till 4.30pm
  • Qualification : SCAE Foundation Barista Course
  • Number of Points : 5 points towards the Diploma
  • Cost Per Person : £180 without Certificate & £230 with SCAE Certificate


SCAE Foundation Barista Course

SCAE Barista – Foundation



SCAE Examination & Certificate

There is a charge of £50 to take the SCAE examination and issue the certificate to successful candidates, please add this on when purchasing the course.

SKU: SCAE-Barista.

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WORDS From students and parents

  • “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