Dubai will sell coffee prepared in space

Startups from the United Arab Emirates called Space Roasters claims to have invented a better way of roasting coffee beans to perfect coffee. How? With the help of the atmosphere, of course. More precisely, using intense heat to be created inside a special capsule, running on roete media in the space. In a reverse descent into atmosphere, the capsule will be heated, and inside it will create ideal conditions for roasting of coffee beans, according to the authors of the project.

In an interview with the journal Room the company’s founders Roasters Space, young entrepreneurs Hatem Alkhafaji and Anders Cavallini said that space is a new level and at the same time, the perfect environment for making the best coffee.

“For many centuries the roasting of coffee beans was carried out according to the same technology. Space research has improved many technologies that we use today in everyday life, we therefore believe that the time has come to create a revolution in the production of coffee using space technology”, — commented the founders of the Space Roasters.

The company has developed and patented a “space capsule for roasting coffee.” It is divided into four cylindrical sections, each of which will fit 75 pounds of coffee beans.

Scheme of a space capsule for roasting coffee

In terrestrial conditions, coffee beans in contact with a red-hot brazier, which often burn and crack. But in space, thanks to weightlessness, they will be free to float inside the capsule, and evenly obzhivatjsya at a temperature of 200 degrees Celsius when re-entry vehicle back into the atmosphere, getting the perfect taste and aroma.

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

Despite the fact that the company announced the intention in the next month to start taking pre-orders for the product, the price of this product has not been announced. However, given the current cost of space launches, guess how much it will cost one Cup of coffee is a snap.

The authors of the project report that communicates their ideas with a number of private aerospace companies, including the Rocket Lab, and Blue Origin. The latter has not called the cost of launching its missiles, however, the cost of launching the same rocket from Rocket Lab Electron is about $ 6 million.

According to the founders Space Roasters, the weight of the capsule with a cargo of coffee beans will be 500 pounds. The capsule is scheduled to launch to the altitude of 180-200 miles above the Earth’s surface. As the portal Ars Technica, booster Electron is able to bring such a volume of useful load at this altitude, although the Rocket Lab and does not indicate this in the technical specifications of its missiles.

Let’s assume that Space Roasters can run the capsule weighing 500 kg to suborbital altitude of 180 kilometers. Let’s also assume that all 300 kg of coffee beans have been perfectly cooked. From this it turns out that the cost of a kilogram of space of coffee will be $ 20,000. In each Cup of coffee contains from 10 to 15 grams of coffee beans. Thus it turns out that each Cup in the roasted coffee space will cost (even with the most conservative estimates) to $ 200. If you add to this the cost of development and creation of a capsule (it is unknown whether it will be reusable), marketing costs and other costs, it turns out that the space of coffee is likely to cost no less than $ 500 per Cup.

Are you ready to pay 500 dollars for a Cup of coffee? If not, the creators of startapache not be offended, because they target a completely different market – Dubai – and intend to carry out the first launch of the capsule for roasting coffee in space next year.

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