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Barista Skills – SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee 


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to extract and serve espresso coffee beverages using commercial espresso machines. It requires the ability to advise customers on coffee beverages, select and grind coffee beans, prepare and assess espresso coffee beverages and to use, maintain and clean espresso machines. Complex repairs of equipment would be referred to specialist service technicians.

It applies to espresso machine operators who operate with some level of independence and under limited supervision.


Course Summary

Qualification Gained

Prepare and serve espresso coffee

Course Code



SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety


Entry Requirements

There are no formal educational requirements for entry into this course.

Study Mode

Face-to-face or Workplace based.

Total number of units

One (1)


Course Content

The course will cover:


  • Organise coffee workstation
  • Equipment used to prepare espresso coffee beverages;
  • Select and grind coffee beans;
  • Different types of milk, their characteristics and uses for different types of coffee beverages 
  • Advise customers on espresso coffee beverages – including major types of espresso coffee beverages and their characteristics
  • Extract and monitor quality of espresso
  • Texture milk
  • Serve espresso coffee beverages
  • Storage of coffee beans, ground coffee, milk and other ingredients


Students must complete the unit "SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety" prior to commencing this course, which we recommend completing as part of the Food Safety Supervisor Certificater which we offer via classroom delivery and online.


Please feel free to enquire with us for more information.