Espresso in Space

Ich denke nicht, dass es sich beim ISSpresso um den ersten Kaffee in Space handelt, aber es ist wohl die erste Kaffeemaschine dort, eine Espresso-Maschine um genauer zu sein. Extra für den Einsatz in Space und Schwerelosigkeit entwickelt, filtert sie gefilterte Astronauten-Pisse durch Lungo-Kaffee, Tee oder eben Espresso und pumpt die Brühe in Beutel zum Auszuckeln in Zero-G. Mmmmm, Astronauten-Kopi Luwak!

The ISSpresso can make caffe lungo, tea, broths, and, of course, espresso. The machine weighs about 45 pounds, which is 50 percent more than the terrestrial Lavazza machine. It’s also designed to be ISS-compliant. For example, the plastic tubing that carries hot water in a normal machine was replaced with a steel tube capable of resisting high pressure.

The machine utilizes astronauts’ recycled urine and other waste water for brewing, and dispenses its caffeine-laden load into plastic pouches — floating blobs of hot espresso aren’t welcome in a space laboratory. Given the unique role water plays in altering the flavor of coffee, it will be interesting to see how the ISS water supply affects flavor.

Cosmic Coffee: The ISS Is Getting an Espresso Machine