If you happen to live and work on the International Space Station (ISS), you’ll soon be able to buy a steaming cup of coffee and a double-chocolate donut that is literally out of this world. YRN has learned that Tim Horton’s, Canada’s national caffeinator, expects to open the first Space Coffee Shop in 2015. Sources indicate the company has been working on a self-contained, robotic Tim’s Coffee module for the past 5 years at a secret Vaughan aerospace facility.
When complete, the module is to be transported to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and readied for launch. After docking with the space station, the Tim’s will offer a variety of coffee and donuts made right in space. Stocked with a six-month supply of ingredients, the module will provide astronauts with fresh coffee and familiar selection of chocolate dip and maple glazed donuts, walnut crullers and danishes.
“Obviously, we won’t be able send a server into space — at least not yet” said Tim Bitovski, a company spokesperson. “We’ll be using remote cameras and a miniaturized version of the CanadArm to handle the food,” he added.
According to Bitovski, space station orders will be relayed to a Tim Horton’s Drive-Thru in Woodbridge, Ontario. “Specially trained servers will use a joystick to pour coffee and serve donuts with a small CanadArm located in the Coffee module. It will take a lot of skill to prepare a double-double in space using a joystick at a Woodbridge Tim’s,” Bitovski conceded. “We’re looking to hire someone who loves good coffee and is extremely good at video games. Joffrey Baratheon, from our Newmarket store, could be a strong candidate, but we’re still looking.”
Commander Chris Hadfield couldn’t be reached for comment, however, initial reports suggest the ISS crew is looking forward to the new store but would like to know how much a space coffee and donut will cost. Bitovski refused to provide details, but noted ”Once the aroma of fresh coffee and donuts wafts through the ISS, we don’t think they’ll be too concerned about the price.”