ISSpresso: The Coffee Machine That Works in Space

by Christopher Freeburn | June 18, 2014 11:31 am

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) soon won’t have to make do with lousy coffee[1].

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A partnership between Italian coffee maker Lavazza, aerospace firm Argotec and the Italian Space Agency has produced ISSpresso, a coffee-maker that can function in the restrictive environment aboard the ISS. The ISSpresso will be delivered to the space station later this year, the Telegraph notes.

Built to operate in zero-gravity, the ISSpresso weighs in at 20 kilograms. Able to make tea, coffee or expresso, the machine is specially designed to withstand highly pressurized environments.

ISSpresso uses coffee capsules and will be brought up to the ISS with Italy’s first woman astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, in November.

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