Coffee in Space - Melbourne
Scientists and coffee professionals role-play the challenges of roasting, grinding and extracting quality coffee in the extremes of space. Audience members are then invited to participate in the problem-solving and coffee tasting.
- Sunday 11 August 2019 01:00 pm until Sunday 11 August 2019 03:00 pm (Add to calendar)
- Valentina Petelin
- Presented by:
- Dr. David Hoxley, Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at La Trobe University
- Type of Event:
- Community Event; Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public
The year is 2025, in Melbourne, Coffee Capital of the World.
The Space Agency managing Australia’s new international space station assembles a panel of scientists and coffee professionals to design a coffee-making process for space-travelling coffee connoisseurs.
Coffee-making in space, however, is a challenging proposition. How do you grind the coffee without coffee grounds flying everywhere? How does an astronaut drink a floating ball of hot coffee? What to do with dead coffee grounds? Is space-made coffee even drinkable?
A Facilitator leads a ‘Hypothetical’, challenging the experts in an open forum to resolve the issues. Members of the public observe the role-play to learn about the art and science of roasting, grinding and extracting coffee in the extremes of space. The audience is then invited to join the discussion.
This event is preceded by a public lecture in which scientists de-mystify the science behind coffee. After the event, members of the public are invited to taste and rate the different styles of coffee discussed, and discover with the benefit of microscopes how the different shapes and sizes of coffee grinds affect taste.
|1pm – 2pm||Public lecture||Scientists give a taste of the craft and science behind coffee-making.|
|2pm – 3pm||Public forum||Scientists and baristas role-play the challenges of roasting, grinding and extracting|
quality coffee in the extremes of space. Audience members are then invited to
participate in the problem-solving.
|3pm – 4pm||Coffee tasting||Members of the public taste and rate different coffee styles and with the benefit|
of microscopes discover how the shapes and sizes of coffee grinds affect taste.
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government and is run as part of the National Science Week.
Arts Centre Melbourne - The Pavilion room
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC, 3004