Home food delivery at the International Space Delivery has redefined standards since the early years of Uber Eats. On the request of one of the astronauts floating above our planet, Serena Aunon-Chancellor, the Falcon 9 rocket launched towards the ISS has carried the world’s strongest coffee, Death Wish Coffee alongside a ball-shaped device called CIMON and genetically identical mice.
The Death Wish Coffee, which is a company based in Upstate New York developed a brew of their powerful coffee tailored for zero gravity and specially for the members of Expedition aboard the International Space Station. The concentration of caffeine in the Death Wish Coffee is a staggering 472 milligrams which is twice the amount of caffeine in a Starbucks Pike Place Roast and four times that found in a Red Bull energy drink as well as 13 times more caffeine than in a can of Coca-Cola.
The love of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station for fresh hot coffee could be clearly observed in their successful efforts in design and patenting of an espresso machine termed as the ISSpresso machine and a Zero-G Coffee Cup which help them in completing their morning ritual of having a cup of their favorite beverage.
Astronauts prefer not having to drink their coffee from a bag and this is evident from the fact that the ability to smell the coffee is a significant factor in tasting the coffee. One of the astronauts that did not favor the coffee bags, Don Pettit, developed a prototype cup by using an overhead transparency film in a container shaped as a teardrop for pouring in the coffee. Surprisingly, the design worked and thus the Zero G coffee cup was developed which also allows the integration of the coffee’s aroma into its flavor. The edge of the cup leverages the principles utilized by NASA in its zero-gravity fuel tanks and the ISSpresso machine i.e. using the surface tension for wicking the fluid along the side of the cup’s wall.