The SCAE Coffee Diploma is an education system

Scotland's Only SCAE School

Coffee Direct (Scotland) Ltd has been in the coffee business since 1989 and has worked with hundreds of companies in the UK and Mainland Europe.


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

His experience over the last 20-odd years is very extensive not only in coffee but in the setting up and running of coffee shops, cafes and catering outlets. The Scottish Barista School run Barista training courses in Glasgow and Edinburgh and throughout the whole of Scotland.

Jim has trained over 6000 people in the art of making coffee
(and he is the first to admit that he is still learning!)

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.

If this is the course for you then contact us now to find out the upcoming course dates and to sign up to the next available course. We look forward to welcoming you on to the course.

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WORDS From our students

  • “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