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What is Death Wish Coffee? ‘World’s strongest coffee’ soaring into space

New York-based Death Wish Coffee Company touts itself as manufacturer of the “strongest coffee in the world.” And soon, it may become the strongest in the galaxy.

The company announced it would be sending coffee to the International Space Station, thanks to NASA, SpaceX, NASA Food Labs and retired astronaut Nicole Stott.

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“We had to come up with an instant version of our coffee,” Death Wish Coffee podcast host Ayers said in a recent episode. “Most food and drink in space has to be freeze-dried, so we sent it to NASA, they put it through all of their bio-tests to make sure it's good for the astronauts and make sure nothing crazy is in it. They repackaged it, and it looks like big Capri Sun pouches.”

The coffee company gave the agency 80 pouches worth of freeze-dried product for care packages launching on the SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral on Friday, June 29.

Fans can also win a pouch by entering the deathwishcoffee.com/space contest.

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What to know about Death Wish Coffee

According to Consumer Reports, Death Wish coffee contains 59 milligrams per fluid ounce. In comparison, a typical cup of coffee contains 12-16 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce.

A serving of Starbucks’ dark roast coffee has approximately 260 mg of caffeine and a can of Red Bull has 111 mg.

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The Food and Drug Administration says caffeine in doses up to 400 mg (usually about five cups of coffee) is generally safe. But eight ounces of Death Wish Coffee amounts to about 472 mg. And a cup of coffee for most may contain 12-20 ounces.

According to the Mayo Clinic, going over the recommended limit increases your chances of experiencing caffeine-related issues such as nervousness, migraines, insomnia, muscle tremors and one of the most dangerous of the pack: heart palpitations.

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If you do choose to brew yourself a cup of the “world’s strongest coffee,” be sure to pay attention to how much you’re drinking.

You can even use Caffeine Informer’s caffeine calculator to help determine how much you should consume based on your weight.

More about Death Wish Coffee at deathwishcoffee.com.

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