Espresso in Space!

Espresso in Space!

If  you want decent coffee in space, invite the Italians.

When Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano was on the International Space Station in 2013, he really missed having a decent cup of coffee. Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian flight engineer from the European Space Agency, has been on the ISS for a year and feels the same. Lavazza and Italian tech firm Argotec just delivered an experimental ISSpresso Machine to her so she can finally get espresso in space. NASA threw in a matching set of high-tech coffee cups for zero-gravity sipping.

Of course now an Italian astronaut will want a decent bombolone or cornetto.


“The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar,” Geoff Brumfield, NPR

“One Small Espresso Machine For the ISS, One Giant Leap For Humankind,” Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Gizmodo

“Making gravity-free espresso in space really is rocket science,” Stuart Clark, The Guardian


“Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space,” Marcia Dunn, Associated Press


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