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Watch the remarkably simple process astronauts perform to get their coffee fix
It’s way cooler than getting a mocha frapp at Starbucks.
Most people can’t properly function without getting their dose of caffeine in the morning, but for those who have coffee as part of their daily routine, acquiring a cup of java is fairly easy. You either make one at home using hassle-free gadgets or do a coffee run to the nearest shop before heading to work, right? But how do astronauts get their brew?
You’d think that being stuck in a confined space where anything not nailed to the wall floats around in zero gravity would rule out any procedure that involves getting hot liquid to stay put in a mug, but as it turns out, getting coffee is not entirely impossible when orbiting our planet.
In a short Youtube video, European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake demonstrates how they prepare a coffee in the International Space Station. First he floats on over to a receptacle where they keep vacuum-packed coffee with cream sachets. He then feeds it into a slot on a wall that injects hot water into the flat sachet, causing it to inflate. Lastly, he inserts a straw into the pack and voila—hot coffee in a bag!
It’s probably not as satisfying as wrapping your cold hands around a steaming mug, but in space, you don’t have a lot of options. Makes you appreciate the simple things, doesn’t it?
Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter and graphic designer who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.