Lavazza and the Turin-based aerospace firm Argotec have engineered a coffee that can be prepared and consumed in outer space. The blend is prepared using the 20kg white ISSpresso capsule machine and is drunk through a straw. The water is
aspirated and pressurised by a non-conventional electrical system. The plastic tube that carries the water under normal Earth conditions has been replaced with a special steel tube that's able to withstand the pressure in space.
Ten years ago, in 2004, the Lavazza Calendar took coffee into outer space. It was an image from our dreams: the vision of sending a hot cup of Lavazza espresso into outer space, a world beyond our atmosphere. Photographer Thierry Le Gouès drew his inspiration from Barbarella and the pop and sci-fi imagery of the sixties and seventies to create the striking images.
Lavazza had already visualised the dream of sending espresso into space with the “Mission to espresso” Calendar.
People take part in futuristic projects to free their imagination, amaze themselves and others, and innovate.
Why should one take part in a futuristic project?
To give space to the imagination, to amaze oneself and other people, and to innovate. Italy is known for all of this - it is a land of artistic geniuses and scientific innovators.
Without innovation, mankind would not exist in its current capacity. This is why a great Italian company needs a visionary approach.
That same approach is advocated by our founder, Luigi Lavazza, who invented the art of blending coffee at the turn of the 20th century. By mixing together coffees from different origins, he created the coffee we now drink at home and in cafés, restaurants and offices.
In space you need more than just an ordinary coffee — you need an excellent Lavazza espresso.