Extreme recycling in action: reusable coffee cups made from old coffee grounds.


berlin backyard start-up kaffeeform has won the red dot product design award 2018 for its innovative use of old recyclable coffee grounds to create reusable coffee cups. german designer julian lechner is behind the brand which combines used coffee grounds with natural glues to create a new material.


all images courtesy of kaffeeform

lechner creates the coffee cups by first collecting the leftovers from local cafes in berlin.he then combines them with natural glues and particles of wood from sustainable sources to produce a liquid that can be injection moulded to create the reusable cups.


‘as the global coffee consumption is steadily growing, the coffee grounds that are basically waste, will be available en masse‘, lechner says. ‘kaffeeform uses this wasted ressources, to creative a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to products based on mineral oils.’


once the final shape is set, the material is dish washer friendly and long-lasting, and can be used over and over again. as well as a series of small espresso cups featuring a handle on the side and a matching curved saucer, kaffeeform has also create cappuccino cups and its latest – a take-away styled cup. the cups are available to buy from the kaffeeform website, and can be purchased as individual units, or in sets of 4, 6 and 8. 

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