ISSpresso: Italy designs coffee machine that works in space

Now you can make an espresso in space
Latte? Espresso? Mocha? Soon astronauts will be able to drink coffee (Picture: SWNS)

Italy has made a contribution to the International Space Station that will ensure astronauts are never short of energy: they’ve built a coffee machine that works in space.

The ISSpresso machine, the result of a collaboration between coffee company Lavazza, engineering company Argotec, and the Italian Space Agency – will be installed later this year on the space station, and will be able to make tea, broth and rehydrate space meals as well as make coffee.

The 20kg steel machine can function in zero gravity and withstand enormous pressures and will help astronauts keep alert for scientific research as well as relax at the end of the day.

‘Italian coffee is a beverage without borders and we have been thinking about taking the espresso into space for some time,’ said Lavazza Vice-President Giuseppe Lavazza.

‘In fact, today we are in a position to overcome the limits of weightlessness and enjoy a good espresso — the indisputable symbol of made in Italy products — on board the International Space Station.’

Samantha Cristoforetti, a captain in the Italian air force and Italy’s first female astronaut, will deliver the machine to the space station in November.

‘Not only will she be the first Italian woman to go into space, but also the first astronaut in history to drink an authentic Italian espresso in orbit,’ said Argotec.

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18 June 2014 | 11:08 pm – Source:

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