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  • Narrator: Ah, coffee.

  • It might be the very first thing you think about in the

  • morning.

  • But what you don't think about:

  • all the waste that comes along with that kick of caffeine.

  • In the US alone,

  • 120 billion disposable coffee cups are used every year.

  • But it's more than just the cups and the lids that are

  • creating waste.

  • What about all those used-up coffee grounds?

  • These reusable mugs are made from recycled coffee grounds.

  • They're produced by Kaffeeform, a Berlin-based start-up.

  • The idea for these ecofriendly mugs first came about in

  • 2009 when Julian was studying product design.

  • - We had a lot of coffee all the time. At some

  • point, I was wondering what happens with all these spent

  • coffee grounds.

  • Narrator: Germany is one of the largest coffee-consuming

  • countries in Europe, with the average person going through

  • about 14 pounds of beans each year.

  • About 99% of paper, plastic, and foam coffee cups end up in

  • the trash, and once they're in the trash,

  • even paper cups can take over 20 years to decompose.

  • So by recycling one waste stream,

  • Kaffeeform helps tackle a bigger one.

  • Every day, a team of cyclists travel to coffee shops

  • throughout Berlin to collect used coffee grounds.

  • - Our exposition team wrote to Kaffeeform in March 2018

  • that we would be interested to work with them,

  • and the same day, Julian had a meeting where they decided to

  • work only with bike logistics, and when he got home,

  • he found the email of us and was super excited about it,

  • and it was such a good coincidence that it had to be.

  • Narrator: Crow Cycle Courier Collective typically gathers

  • about 110 pounds of grounds in just one day.

  • - When we pick up the coffee ground,

  • we go to three different locations, mostly, and that takes

  • about 90 minutes until it's dropped off at the workshop.

  • For a courier company, this is not a usual task.

  • It is something that is pretty unique.

  • Narrator: The collected grounds are then sorted

  • and then cleaned at Kaffeeform's workshop.

  • Then, they're transported to another facility

  • where they're dried and blended with plant fibers,

  • beechwood grains, and natural resins.

  • Once the new coffee-ground granulate has been mixed

  • together, it gets shaped under heat and pressure.

  • It takes about 6 cups of grounds to produce one espresso

  • cup and saucer,

  • resulting in a final product that's 40% coffee grounds

  • and 100% biodegradable.

  • - The ultimate goal is just to highlight the value of

  • recycling and waste streams back to society.

  • Narrator: Kaffeeform's cups and mugs are used in 20

  • coffee shops in Berlin and 150 vendors across Europe.

  • But the company isn't stopping at coffee mugs.

  • Julian hopes to one day shape coffee grounds into lifestyle

  • products and even furniture pieces.

Narrator: Ah, coffee.

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How A Company In Berlin Is Turning Coffee Grounds Into Reusable Cups

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/08
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