Kaffee Form.

Coffee is deeply rooted in many cultures and holds the status of the most popular drink worldwide. Global consumption is steadily rising, meaning that the coffee grounds, the remainders, are too. So, where do the coffee grounds end up? Is it possible to preserve them? Find a sensible way to reuse them? The answer, thankfully, is yes.

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Weduce - Reduce waste

Product designer Julian Lechner was intrigued by the idea of creating somethiing new and lasting out of supposed waste, so he began experimenting with the coffee grounds themselves. Three years later, he discovered the unique formula: recycled coffee grounds and renewable raw materials can be transformed into the durable, robust material they coined Kaffeeform. This then became the iconic Kaffeeform cup. 

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How does it work? A bicycle courier collective gathers used coffee grounds from selected cafes and roasteries in an around Berlin, and then brings them to a social workshop. There, the grounds are dried and preserved. They are then moved to small plants in Germany, where the material is then compounded and shaped into coffee cups. Once they return to the social workshop in Berlin, the cups receive a final polish before being packaged and sent to cafes,  shops, and conscienscious environmentally-friendly folks around the world.