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Scientists Finally Figured Out a Way to Drink Coffee in Space

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Few things (we’re guessing) beat watching the sunrise over the earth from space. But apparently, those poor astronauts were missing one thing: a great espresso. So now the international space station is getting what it needs to make that happen, an espresso machine by the Italian coffee company Lavazza.

Turns out, a lot goes into space espresso. The “ISSpresso” machine needs to be pressurized to sea level, so the boiling temp of the water isn’t affected. The steam pipe is a steel tube capable of withstanding up to 400bar of pressure (normally, they need to wisthand about 9).  The espresso is made into a pouch, which the astronauts must drink through a straw.

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No, it’s not as perfect as tossing it back in a gulp.  But hey, that’s progress for you right? And we think drinking an espresso with a view of the universe isn’t too bad a way to start one’s day.

H/T First We Feast

By Nora Landis-Shack

Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.

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