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Astronauts rejoice! A new space espresso machine will replace instant coffee.

The specially-designed Lavazza ISSpresso machine, being carried up to the International Space Station today.
The specially-designed Lavazza ISSpresso machine, being carried up to the International Space Station today.
(Lavazza)

For years, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have had to endure one particularly brutal aspect of living in space: instant coffee.

Not anymore. The SpaceX rocket launching today — which will carry 4,300 pounds of supplies up to the ISS — will deliver a long-awaited space espresso machine.

lavazza diagram

(Lavazza)

As Wired reports, the rocket is delivering Lavazza's ISSpresso machine, specially designed to operate in the low-gravity conditions of the space station. The machine (built for Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti) has a steel steam pipe built to withstand much higher pressures than the plastic tubing normally used. It also shoots the espresso into a small bag, which astronauts will drink from with a straw, since the hot liquid would otherwise float out of a cup.

A machine was initially set to arrive in November, but was destroyed when a resupply rocked exploded just after liftoff.

lavazza pouch

(Lavazza)

Further reading: Life in orbit — 16 surprising things astronauts have revealed in Reddit AMAs