SITHFAB025 Prepare and serve espresso coffee (Barista)

Dispel the myths and learn coffee making skills for working in cafes, bars and restaurants. Tina Smith is a dynamic and experienced trainer and you will thoroughly enjoy this program as you learn about the history of coffee making, different coffee beans, grinding, extracting, texturising milk, coffee styles and how to use a commercial coffee machine.

It is important to note that SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety is a prerequisite for this program and you will need to provide evidence of this prior to commencing this training.

This course is delivered with a blended learning approach, with the practical component taking place face to face at the College, and the theory assessments to be completed online prior to the face to face training.

Please ensure that prior to enrolling in this course you read through our Student Handbook. If you have any questions, or require further information please contact our office on (02) 49841011 or email us at

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government for those who satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Nationally Recognised Training Disability Skillset

SITXFSA005 – Use hygienic practices for food safety course must be completed.

USI unique Student Identifier number

The USI will be available online and at no cost to you. The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters. It will stay with you for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken from 1st January 2015.

Why do I need a USI?

You may need to provide evidence of your academic achievements, for example when applying for a job or to undertake further study.

Everyone undertaking nationally recognised VET courses will need to have a USI to receive their statement of attainment or qualification.

The unit SITHFAB025 describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to extract and serve espresso coffee beverages using commercial espresso machines and grinders. 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 and grinders. Complex repairs of equipment would be referred to specialist service technicians.

This unit applies to any hospitality organisation that serves espresso coffee beverages, including cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, function and event venues.

It applies to espresso machine operators who operate with some level of independence and under limited supervision. You are required to prepare and present:

  • caffe latte
  • cappuccino
  • espresso (short black)
  • flat white
  • long black
  • piccolo latte
  • mocha
  • ristretto
  • short and long macchiato

The above will be required to be done on three occasions within commercial timeframes.

This will be done in a simulated environment using commercial equipment. Full details are found on SITHFAB025

In this course you will learn:

  • Organise the coffee workstation.
  • Select and grind coffee beans.
  •  Advise customers and take espresso coffee orders.
  • Extract and monitor quality of espresso.
  • Undertake milk texturing process.
  • Serve espresso coffee beverages.
  • Clean espresso equipment.

This course is delivered with a blended learning approach, with the practical component taking place face to face at the College, and the theory learning component & assessment both Formative and Summative being online.  Practical demonstrations are covered on the day of face to face training.

There are many study pathways in Hospitality. Upon completion of SITHFAB025 – Prepare and serve espresso coffee, you may wish to study a full Qualification Certificate III in Hospitality or a Hospitality Skillset.


  • Notepad and pen for taking notes
  • Drink bottle