In space, no one can brew a good coffee.
But this weekend some of La Trobe University's best scientific and coffee-fueled minds will discuss how brewing the perfect cup of coffee in space might be possible.
Coffee in Space will show coffee connoisseurs how with science and passion, a great cup of coffee can be enjoyed in any part of the galaxy.
The challenges of brewing coffee in space will be discussed by a scientific panel at the Discovery Centre in Bendigo on Sunday.
La Trobe University physicist and coffee scientist David Hoxley said the public lecture is something he developed for science week.
"I research with a coffee scientist in Melbourne and we did something similar about a year ago and got a great response," Dr Hoxley said.
"It's something that touches the Melburnian soul, so we applied for a grant for science week. (Science week) has the theme of space, so Coffee in Space became a thing and the more we thought about it the more we knew we could have fun with it."
The lecture will start with an hour long conversation panel with Dr Hoxley, Get Naked Espresso Bar owner Jesse Gollan, La Trobe maths and statistics lecturer Michael Payne, astrophysicist Peter Binks and the Coffee Science Lab's Monika Fekete.
How to building an espresso machine that is safe for space and the challenge of grinding coffee in zero-gravity are up for debate.
It will close with a series of hands-on displays - including tastings.
Dr Hoxley said coffee is a ritual a lot of people.
"(Coffee) is something someone has made for you and for a lot of people it's a ritual," he said. "The sensory aspects of smell and taste, the look and feel of a latte. It's an almost religious ritual that gives you a moment of mindfulness."
Coffee in Space is at the Bendigo Discovery Science and Technology Centre on August 18 at 3pm.
The event is free but bookings are essential via www.eventbrite.com.au
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