– Welcome to the Scottish Barista Academy –

The Scottish Barista Academy is Scotland’s only Barista Academy, set in a beautiful backdrop in central Scotland.

All our courses are accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and provided in our training room specifically designed and fully equipped to meet the needs of our coffee training courses.

We are an Authorised Specialty Coffee Association Trainer, and specialise in providing all 6 SCA accredited courses under one roof:

Later on, in 2017, we will be creating a Coffee Diploma course and a Business course on how to open and run a coffee shop. Contact us to join the waitlist for these courses.

Our courses have a maximum of 4 attendees, and give you hands-on training with dedicated support from our fully qualified and experienced SCA and City & Guilds trainer.

Whether you have a love of coffee and would like to learn more, or want to become professionally trained for a career in the coffee industry, or want to expand your business, we have a range of courses for you.

An estimated £30 million pounds a year is spent in Scots coffee shops, and a total of 17 million UK adults visit a coffee shop at least once a week. With the growth of the café culture, there has been a 31% increase in the number of coffee shops in the UK since 2011.

Wouldn’t you like to be a qualified professional in one of the fastest growing industries in the world?

Advance your career in the coffee industry and choose your course from our courses here.

From booking your course, to finding your accommodation, to picking you up from the airport or railway station, we’ll give you a dedicated personal service to ensure you have the best experience possible.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 849 8808 or email us at info@scottishbaristaacademy.com

“I’d been running Lochboisdale Café for six years and decided it was time to ‘up my game’ and provide a better coffee experience for my customers. I contacted The Scottish Barista Academy and chatted informally with Jim Watson to discuss my current set-up. He asked lots of questions about how I provided coffee and what I wanted to achieve and helped me decide the course best suited to me to take Lochboisdale Café to be THE place to go to for coffee on the Isle of Uist.

The Intermediate Barista course is not for the faint hearted but with Jims’ positive encouraging and humorous approach, he managed to tailor the course for me and for the other students on the course.

We all learned a lot and it opened my eyes to the wonderful world of coffee. I now understand the importance of a good on-demand grinder. I was previously using a domestic grinder wholly unsuited for the purpose.

It didn’t end there. He continued to provide advice and help afterwards – checking on my progress and giving me pointers to continue to improve.

Lunch is provided and I have to say it was one of the best I’ve ever had on a training course.

And the coffee was to die for!

Definitely an eye-opener into the wonderful world of coffee”
Anne MacLennan
Lochboisdale Café, Isle of Uist

I have completed training in Barista, Brewing, Roasting and Green with Jim at Scottish Barista Academy. It has been invaluable in helping me set up a new coffee roasting company.

Jim has a huge amount of experience and knowledge across all these subjects. The training courses have been fun, informative and inspiring.

Jim’s passion for coffee shines through. Jim has a great training style and makes sure there’s plenty of time for hands-on activity (and coffee drinking!). His support has gone way beyond the curriculum though.

Jim is a mentor, providing advice on all aspects of coffee roasting, from sourcing equipment to business planning. I cannot recommend him enough. I’m nearly ready to launch Argyll Coffee Roasters and that’s thanks to Jim’s training and support.
Eve MacFarlane
WestCoasting, Argyll and Bute

I genuinely feel that so many people who have a passion for coffee, would like to work as a Barista, or who would like to run (or indeed are already running ) a coffee shop would benefit from taking one of your courses.

For my own personal requirements, I feel the Barista Foundation Course suited me ideally. It was a perfect balance of theory and practical, delivered in a relaxed, fun but focused manner.

I definitely came away from my day feeling like I’d learned a new skill. It also made me fully appreciate the importance of a good Barista, when it comes to preparing an excellent cup of coffee.
Annette Lyburn

“Thank you for your terrific support for the Blue Fax Tea Room over the years of its operation. We have greatly benefited from your careful training and outstanding products.

Roy and Lorraine have run this successful business for 4 years. We had hoped it would continue under new ownership but this has not been possible. We will be retiring later this month and as such, our last full day of trading will be on Sunday 25th February 2018 from 10am – 4pm. If we are able to find that elusive buyer in the near future, we will be strongly recommending that they reactivate your services for their business.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in running this business and wish you and your customers all the very best for the future.”
Roy & Lorraine Davey
Blue Flax Tea Room

Find out more about our courses here.




Tuesday 17th September


Wednesday 10th July

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th August

Mon 5th, Tues 6th & Weds 7th November


Thursday 11th July
Tuesday 27th August
Thursday 26th September

Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th July


Monday 17th June
Tuesday 9th July
Monday 26th August
Wednesday 25th September


Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd July
Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st August

* Tuesday is Brewing
* Wednesday is Barista


Wednesday 11th June
18th September

Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th August

Mon 5th, Tues 6th & Weds 7th November


Wednesday 12th June
Wednesday 3rd July
Thursday 1st August
Wednesday 21st August
Thursday 19th September

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th July


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