Megan Krikstolaitis, Elliet Spring, Cara Gabriel, Brenton Beggs, Andrea Giuradei, Jason Zhou

13 February 2013 — Coffee aficionados can look forward to a caffeine hit with a difference when architecture firm HASSELL presents the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar for the 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

The HASSELL Young Designers Group team will transform the “Red Stairs”, a public amphitheatre on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne, with 125 coffee trees creating a terraced coffee farm and “abstract, modulated jungle”.

Alongside the trees, a collection of shipping containers, timber pallets and packing crates will demonstrate the journey that coffee beans take from where they are grown to the lips of a city coffee connoisseur.

Young Designers Group design associate Elliet Spring said inspiration for the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar came from “a desire to evoke the still somewhat mysterious and exotic geographies associated with the source of coffee”.

“It brings to life the story about coffee, inspiring coffee drinkers to think about its origins, production and transport.

“It’s possible to stumble across a coffee plantation within the clearing of a jungle. In fact, the most flavoursome coffee is grown within twenty degrees of the equator in the shade of mountains and under the protection of the existing vegetation canopy.

“The design of the Urban Coffee Farm attempts to play on this element of intrigue and surprise, creating an unexpected landscape in a familiar urban setting – a pleasant surprise during the course of a normal day.”

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from 1-17 March 2013.

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