Making decent espresso is a difficult (and often extremely expensive) quest, but imagine how hard it would be to do in space. With that in mind, Lavazza has developed a special machine designed specifically for use on the ISS and it’s called the, wait for it… ISSpresso.
The 44-lb ISSpresso is the result of a collaboration between an Italian coffee company named Argotec and the Italian Space Agency. Yup, it’s the Italians. Their new coffee machine will arrive on the space station along with Italy’s first female astronaut, Air Force Captain Samantha Cristoforetti.
The reason this is a big deal is because the 8 to 10-bar pressure required inside an espresso machine makes everyone a little nervous. This machine has special steel tubing that can withstand 400-bar and pumps the resulting brew into little pouches rather than cups.
As for taste, well, it’s not going to be as good as drinking it on Earth since astronauts won’t be able to smell it. It will pack quite a punch though, and be a big step up from the instant coffee currently on the ISS.