Espresso… in space!

Until recently, getting a good shot of espresso wasn’t possible for astronauts. Now that’s changed — astronauts on the International Space Station will soon have a custom-made Lavazza “ISSpresso” machine.

It’s essentially your typical pod-based espresso machine, but with a key difference: it’s designed to work without gravity. Water is fed in from a special pouch, and the resulting espresso is squeezed into a different pouch. Astronauts drink it through a straw.

While this may not be the ideal espresso experience, it’s a step in the right direction for our poor uncaffeinated astronauts.

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