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A team from Lithuania have set a new world record by preparing a cup of coffee in a air balloon flying at more than 20,000 feet (6.3km) high.
Nidas Kiuberis, Grazvydas Vilcinskas and Vytautas Samarinas had to don protective clothing and oxygen masks before reaching the impressive height.
Once there – with a temperature of around -20C – they used a special Aeropress coffee maker to push hot water through the filter and produce a quality cup of coffee.
Coffee expert Kiuberis then took off his oxygen mask and quickly tasted it before putting the mask back on. He said the brew was “as tasty as on earth” not better “as tasty” — so worth flying to 20,000ft then?
Speaking of the flight Kiuberis, co-owner of coffeehouse chain Coffee Inn, said: “Such coffee record would not have been possible without professional help.
“We were being prepared for it weeks before: from experimental flights, special diets to oxygen therapy lasting several hours before the final flight.
“I must admit even if I knew that we are fully prepared, all the time during the flight I was really excited. Still, it is the first and the only time I was making and drinking coffee flying at 60 km/h speed at inhuman height.”