Death Wish Coffee freeze-dried coffee packages prepared for the International space station’s Expedition 56 crew.
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“The world’s strongest coffee’ has become the strongest off-world.
Death Wish Coffee, billed as such for the high caffeine content and intense flavor, is set to be launched to the International Space Station.
“We couldn’t think of a better way for the presentation of the smoothness and strength of our coffee by providing the crew aboard the International Space Station with an easy-to-make mix ensures that they are on their feet, so to speak,” said Mike Brown, the founder of Death Wish Coffee, in a statement. [Space Food Evolution: How Astronaut Chow Has Changed (Photos)]
A special freeze-dried version of the company joe, wrapped in the same kind of foil packages NASA used for the “normal strength” coffee and other astronaut drinks is set to lift off on Friday (June 29) on the SpaceX CRS-15 Dragon cargo spacecraft. Considering the launch from Cape Canaveral from goes as planned, the Death Wish Coffee packs will arrive on the job laboratory at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT) on Monday (July 2), although the Dragon will need to be extracted before the space station, the Expedition 56 crew members can enjoy a cup of the different brew.
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“Death Wish Coffee sympathize with the astronauts at 5:00 a.m. because we know how awful life can be without a cup of strong coffee,” Kristin Underwood, Death Wish Coffee’s office manager, wrote in a blog posted on the website of the company.
Instant coffee is a staple on board the space station since the first crew took up residence in November 2000. The astronauts and cosmonauts will have their choice of caffeinated and decaffeinated instant coffee, as well as a Kona blend (reported to be Hula Girl Coffee brand), with a choice of either sugar or icing sugar whipped cream (or both) already mixed.
Then in May 2015, the space station got its first coffee machine. The Lavazza and Argotec ISSpresso was specifically designed to brew fresh Italian espresso coffee (and other warm beverages) in microgravity. The machine was a fixed value on the outpost (along with the zero-g coffee cup), but the on-job-offer of the ISSpresso is a Keurig-like capsules limited use.
Death Wish Coffee will also a rare treat in the space, but one that packs an extra punch. The company describes the blend with 200 percent more caffeine than standard coffee.
It was the extra strength that the inspiration was for the coffee to start.
During a 2017 segment of the Death Wish “Powered by the Dead ‘Cast” podcast, former NASA astronaut, space station resident and artist Nicole Stott mentioned how tired you feel after completing a spacewalk.
“You’re exhausted, probably right?” asked one of the show host.
“You want one of these,” said Stott, referring to a cup of coffee.
A few moments later, the host joked, “How do we get Death Want the space?”
“You know what, let’s talk about that I think that people are like,” replied Stott.
Some time after the broadcast, Stott came up with the idea of starting the coffee from her friend and fellow NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who arrived at the space station earlier this month. It is common for family and friends to take care packages for the crew of space station resupply missions, such as the upcoming SpaceX Dragon launch.
“Nicole, well I know that my friend loves coffee, and I would love for her and my favorite coffee. And yes, that was where that idea was born,” recalled Brown on a later podcast.
Stott, connected to the company with NASA’s Space Food Systems laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Death Wish Coffee is usually sold in bags of whole and ground beans in the K Cups, but working with the space agency, it was able to develop an instant mix of freeze-dried coffee, packed by the NASA, without compromising on the coffee’s texture, flavor and potency.
To celebrate the flight, the Death Wish is designed with a “Space Oddity” coffee mug and is holding a contest via her website, to give away the same freeze-dried coffee that comes on the way to the space station.
“This brand has done some incredible things. This is in there. This is really up there,” said Brown. “I really look forward to seeing photos of our new member of the community, our new coffee drinker, drinking of this coffee up in the space.”