Coffee Skills

Short Course Description.

This unit describes the 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.

Entry requirements or Pre-requisites

Pre-requisites: to enrol you must hold Safe food handling (Level 1) - SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety, or equivalent. 

Documents issued on successful completion

On successful completion of this course you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the nationally recognised unit of competency completed as part of the course. 

Unit Code/s:
SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee


Learning outcomes
The delivery of this course will cover the following elements:

  1. Organise coffee workstation
  2. Select and grind coffee beans
  3. Advise customers and take espresso coffee orders
  4. Extract and monitor quality of espresso
  5. Undertake milk texturing process
  6. Serve espresso coffee beverages
  7. Clean espresso equipment

Course duration
6 hours

Assessments Conducted
Formal assessment will be conducted in order to assess individual’s competency regarding the required skills and knowledge within the unit of competency.

The following assessments will be conducted as part of this short course:

  • Written knowledge assessment
  • Practical observation assessment

In addition to the above, students must prepare and present a range of espresso-based coffee beverages on a minimum of three separate occasions within commercial timeframes.