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Finally, a good cup of coffee: Space station getting real Italian espresso maker

  • Espresso in Space-1.jpg

    This undated product image provided by Lavazza, shows a prototype of Lavazza's and Argotec's "ISSpresso" machine. The final version of the coffee machine will be the first real Italian espresso machine on The International Space Station, and will coincide with a six-month mission by Italy’s first Italian female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti. (AP Photo/Lavazza) (The Associated Press)

  • Espresso in Space-2.jpg

    This undated product photo made from a video provided by Lavazza shows a prototype of Lavazza's and Argotec's "ISSpresso" machine. The final version of the coffee machine will be the first real Italian espresso machine on The International Space Station, and will coincide with a six-month mission by Italy’s first Italian female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti. (AP Photo/Lavazza) (The Associated Press)

  • Espresso in Space-3.jpg

    This undated product image made from a video provided by Lavazza, shows a prototype of Lavazza's and Argotec's "ISSpresso" machine. The final version of the coffee machine will be the first real Italian espresso machine on The International Space Station, and will coincide with a six-month mission by Italy’s first Italian female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti. (AP Photo/Lavazza) (The Associated Press)

  • Espresso in Space-4.jpg

    This undated product image made from a video provided by Lavazza, shows a prototype of Lavazza's and Argotec's "ISSpresso" machine. The final version of the coffee machine will be the first real Italian espresso machine on The International Space Station, and will coincide with a six-month mission by Italy’s first Italian female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti. (AP Photo/Lavazza) (The Associated Press)

The astronauts in space will soon be sipping some good coffee. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

Astronauts of all nationalities — but especially the Italians — have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws in orbit.

They'll still have to use the pouches but at least the freshly brewed coffee will pack some zero-gravity punch.

Italy's first female astronaut should be aboard the space station when the specially designed espresso machine arrives early next year. She'll be the first out-of-this-world barista.