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Death Wish Coffee returning to International Space Station as part of school science experiment

CASTAIC, Calif. – Death Wish Coffee Co. is returning its product to the International Space Station, this time as part of a science experiment conducted by iLead Learners in California.  A team of students from SCVi, iLEAD’s founding school, will send a science experiment aboard the SpaceX-18 Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled to launch in July.

Death Wish Coffee officially arrives at the International Space Station

Our coffee launched on Friday, June 29 at 5:42 a.m. aboard the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket with the Dragon Capsule containing science experiments, care packages, and supplies. It took 10 minutes to reach orbit, but arrived at the Space Station on July 2. In addition to coffee and supplies, a number of science experiments were also sent to the Space Station, including CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), ECOSTRESS, and Canadarm2 Lee Robotic Arm. The reason? So astronauts can make further scientific discoveries — and wouldn't you need a strong cup of coffee to do that? For press inquiries about Death Wish Coffee heading to the International Space Station, contact Shannon Sweeney at

Death Wish Coffee is heading to the International Space Station

Ignition sequence start. 3...2...1... liftoff! It's official: Death Wish Coffee will be heading into space to fuel the astronauts on the International Space Station. On June 29th, our coffee will be packed in the Dragon capsule along with other supplies and science experiments headed to the ISS on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on June 28 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The World's Strongest Coffee will now be the strongest in the galaxy. 

How to watch our coffee launch into space on June 29

As the launch date of June 29 at 5:42 a.m. EDT quickly approaches, we wanted to take some time to break down the specifics of the launch date, what's on the rocket, and how you can watch the launch along with us. Let's find out what exactly is going to be on this rocket to the International Space Station (ISS). Obviously, it will contain freeze-dried packets of Death Wish Coffee to help fuel the astronauts of Expedition 56.

How do astronauts drink coffee on the International Space Station?

When astronauts head to the International Space Station — anywhere between 205 and 270 miles above us — they leave behind a lot of privileges, including fresh air, long showers, and fresh, steaming pots of coffee. Imagine doing your job without coffee. Nothing would get done, and you'd be an angry, irritable mess. Well, astronauts are no different. Astronauts are making leaps in the name of science — if anyone deserves a strong cup of coffee, it's them. 

Meet the crew members of NASA Expedition 56

Right now, there are humans living and working in the International Space Station 254 miles above your head. Since the first crew went up to the orbiting space station in 2000, there have been 230 people from 18 different countries that have lived on the ISS for a time, usually in crews of six people.  On June 6, 2018 three astronauts launched from Russia to dock with the ISS. They will join the three crew members already on the space station.

Listen to our podcast with retired NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott

Nicole Stott was the first person to paint in space and has had an incredible career as an astronaut with NASA. She joined us on our show to talk about living in space at the International Space Station and about what coffee astronauts drink in space. On Fueled by Death Cast, Nicole mentioned how tired she felt after spacewalks and how she craved good coffee. The answer? Death Wish served in space.

Mike Brown, owner of Death Wish Coffee, talks about sending coffee to space

This story is so much more than just Death Wish Coffee hitching a ride on a SpaceX rocket to the ISS. This is about the idea Mike Brown had back in 2012, to create a strong coffee that tasted great and people loved and to build the best coffee company in the world. He started that dream in the bowels of his coffee shop, and now it is rocketing to the stars — from the basement to the cosmos.

Here's how we made a blend of freeze-dried instant coffee for space

We created an instant blend of freeze-dried coffee, packaged by NASA in astronaut drink pouches. It’s designed to caffeinate the crew aboard the International Space Station, without sacrificing the coffee’s texture, flavor, and potency. But the process wasn't easy. To create this blend, we worked with the NASA Food Labs to brew coarse coffee with hot steam and then heat it down to a thick concentrate. 

Astronaut Don Pettit talks about inventing the Zero-G coffee cup

Don Pettit is an active NASA astronaut and is a veteran of two long-duration stays on the International Space Station — and he happens to be the inventor of the Zero-G coffee cup. Why? Because he didn't want to drink his morning cup of joe out of a straw and a bag.

How the Zero-G coffee cup changed the way astronauts drink coffee

The Zero-G coffee cup allows astronauts to drink liquids the same way as they do on Earth, and it's the first-ever patent for an invention in space. Don Pettit initially created the coffee cup from materials he found on the International Space Station and it has since taken on new and more dynamic forms.

The truth is out there: Here's a first look at our Space Oddity Mug design

The universe is a boundless place that our minds can shape and pull from to create the reality we see. With all this time and space swirling around us, we have access to the infinite, we just need to unlock the gateways that take these ideas from mere thoughts to reality. And what do gateways do other than guard a path? A path is something we take to reach new horizons: Cue new exploration — and our Space Oddity Mug design.

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