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In Dubai will sell coffee cooked in space

A startup from the UAE called Space Roastersstates that he came up with the best way to roast coffee beans for making perfect coffee. How? With the help of the atmosphere, of course. More precisely, with the help of intense heat, which will be created inside a special capsule running on the carrier rock into space. When descending into the atmosphere, the capsule will heat up, and ideal conditions for roasting coffee beans will be created inside it, the authors of the project say.

In an interview with Room magazine, the founders of SpaceRoasters, young entrepreneurs Hatem Alhafagi and Anders Cavallini said that space is a new level and at the same time an ideal environment for making better coffee.

"For centuries, coffee roastinggrains was carried out according to the same technology. Space research has allowed us to improve many of the technologies that we use today in everyday life, so we believe that the time has come to create a revolution in the field of coffee production using space technologies, ”the founders of Space Roasters comment.

The company has developed and patented the "space capsule for roasting coffee." It is divided into four cylindrical sections in each of which 75 kilograms of coffee beans will be placed.

The scheme of the space capsules for roasting coffee

In terrestrial conditions, coffee beans come into contact withred-hot brazier, because of what often burn and crack. But in space, due to zero gravity, when the ship re-enters back into the atmosphere, they will freely float inside the capsule and fry evenly at a temperature of 200 degrees Celsius, acquiring a perfect taste and aroma.

“The whole process will last only about 20 minutes, but after the opening of the capsule hatch, you will expect the aroma of perfect freshly roasted coffee,” say the authors of the project.

Despite the fact that the company announced its intentionIn the coming months, start receiving pre-orders for your product, the price for it has not yet been announced. However, given the current cost of space launches, guess how much one cup of this coffee will cost is a snap.

The authors of the project report that they are leading the discussion.ideas with several private aerospace companies, including Rocket Lab and Blue Origin. The latter itself did not name the cost of launching its own missiles, but the launch of an Electron rocket is estimated by the same Rocket Lab at $ 6 million.

According to the founders of Space Roasters, the weight of the capsuletogether with a load of coffee beans will be 500 kilograms. The capsule is planned to run to a height of 180-200 kilometers above the Earth's surface. According to the Ars Technica portal, the Electron booster is able to bring such a payload to such a height, although the Rocket Lab does not indicate this in the technical specifications of its rocket.

Let's assume that Space Roasters canlaunch a 500 kg capsule to a suborbital altitude of 180 kilometers. Also suppose that all 300 kg of coffee beans could be perfectly fried. Based on this, it turns out that the cost of a kilogram of cosmic coffee will be $ 20,000. Each cup of coffee contains from 10 to 15 grams of coffee beans. Thus, each cup of coffee roasted in space will cost the buyer (even with the most modest estimates) $ 200. If you add the cost of developing and creating a capsule (the authors of the project do not say whether it will be reusable), the cost of marketing and other costs, it turns out that cosmic coffee will most likely cost at least $ 500 per cup.

Are you ready to lay out 500 dollars for a cup of coffee? If not, the founders of the startup will not be offended, because they are aimed at a completely different market - Dubai - and intend to carry out the first launch of a capsule for roasting coffee in space next year.

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