Turkish coffee, Ethiopian coffee, Finnish coffee (!), psychic coffee readings (!!), coffee plants for sale (a rarity), coffee truffles, coffee documentaries and coffee-scrub-making workshops (à la Frank Body) … this year’s line-up for Coffee Fest at the Immigration Museum has something new for everyone, even the most dedicated student of the bean.
Since launching in January with Chocolate Fest, the Immigration Museum’s program for its North South Feast West series has included Chili Fest and a vibrant Friday night Courtyard Cantina. But organiser Jo Daniell says Coffee Fest has been a more involved project to organise.
“We’ve spent six months with a multicultural planning group, many of whom have suggested stallholders for us,” says Daniell.
“For example, we’re having an Ethiopian coffee ceremony … it’s a type of ‘coming together’ ceremony, which is often used for conflict resolution.”
While many of us can relate to the idea of smoothing out some problems over a cup of coffee, few have experienced a psychic coffee reading. Coffee Fest will feature readings from a Turkish stallholder, and you can also discover how to do your own cup reading the Finnish way.
On the food front, Turkish Gozleme, Tapioca Brazil and the Ethiopian Association of Victoria will all set up shop for the day. Kinfolk Cafe and Assembly will also be on hand to deliver a more familiar caffeine hit.
Once you’ve ingested your limit, hit up the coffee cocktail workshop with Black Pearl cocktail guru Will Sleeman, who will take you through some world class cocktail making techniques. PBS is once again sponsoring the event, and there will be music by Nevzat Eser, the Alma Mater Trio and Ethio-jazz outfit, the Lalibelas. A perfect soundtrack to your caffeine high.
“It’s absolutely a global take on coffee,” says Daniell. “Skip your morning coffee before the event or you might have to calm yourself down with carbs.”
Coffee Fest at the Immigration Museum runs from 11am–4pm on Sunday June 14. Tickets are $15 and include entry to museum. For more information visit the Immigration Museum website.