MFWF 2013 – Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar – The Lui Bar

March 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm (Bar, Melbourne CBD, Victoria)

The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar is a unique project that will be operating for the duration of the 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.  Set up on the red steps of Queensbridge Square, the design is an interpretation of a terraced coffee plantation, with 125 trees grown locally for the event and construction materials comprising shipping containers, packing crates and palettes to reference the transportation-leg of a coffee bean’s journey from farm to cup.


A celebration of Melbourne’s love of coffee, the Farm will host a different cafe/roaster each morning, including favourites St Ali, Three Bags Full, Market Lane and Auction Rooms, with bars taking over in the evening to serve coffee-inspired cocktails.


We arrived on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to sample some cocktails prepared by The Lui Bar.  The menu featured espresso martinis prepared by placing all ingredients into a pour over filter with ice.  The Chocolate Pour Over with Belvedere vodka and chocolate liqueur was brilliant- the aroma of the coffee came through quite strongly and some added mint was a lovely, fresh touch.  The Orange Pour Over (Bacardi 8yr old rum, Grand Marnier and lemon peel) and Botanical Pour Over (Bombay Sapphire Gin, saffron and ginger) were also popular.




Feeling peckish, we also ordered some items from the evening menu, which mainly consists of antipasto plates and small items to share.  Crocché della casa were particularly good; fluffy corn, eggplant and spinach croquettes covered in a golden crumb, served with sweet tomato relish.  Very addictive.


A wrap filled with West Victorian slow-braised lamb shoulder, tomato salad and minted labneh was more substantial, but a bit dry.


A beautiful venue for enjoying what good weather we have left.  I do believe my next visit calls for coffee and pastries.


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