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Coffee in Space

Coffee-making in space 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?

When: Sunday, August 11 2019. 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Where: Art Centre Melbourne - The Pavilion Room (Level 8)
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC, 3004
Topic: Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/coffee-in-space-tickets-62414827429
Other: Wheelchair access
Attachments: Coffee in Space Flyer

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 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?

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.

See the flyer for program details.

Contact details:

Valentina Petelin
La Trobe University
Email: v.petelin@latrobe.edu.au
Phone: 03 9479 8922

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