BY Amanda Froelich
Humans love coffee. In fact, each day around the world, a whopping 2,250,000,000 cups of the black brew is served. While there is nothing wrong with this in of itself, the issue is that the majority of coffee grounds are simply tossed into compost heaps or the trash.
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As the companies Dunkin’ Donuts, Blue Marble Biomaterials and tiny house construction company New Frontier Tiny Homes, with assistance from actress Olivia Wilde, have proven, there are a variety of innovative uses for discarded java beans. For instance, spent coffee grounds can be turned into both fabric and food. They can also be transformed into a sustainable biofuel. Now that the latter has been accomplished, the collaborators are using the coffee biofuel to power a tiny house in Nashville.
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The 275-square foot abode was constructed by New Frontier. It includes a sleeping loft, bathroom with a full whirlpool tub, a spacious chef’s kitchen (including energy-efficient appliances at one end), an underfloor compartment with extra space, and a sunny dining nook that is surrounded by windows.
The tiny house includes a retractable glass garage door that can open the interior to the outdoors. The company suggests opening up the doors when the weather is warm, then setting up the deck. Wilde is credited with choosing a handful of the eclectic decor pieces.
As TreeHugger reports, the exterior of the tiny home is outfitted with dark-dark-stained cedar wood and Corten steel panels to pay homage to the home’s coffee-inspired roots. The inside of the sustainable tiny home looks similar in design to New Frontier’s Alpha tiny house.
The quaint house is powered by a biofuel blend that uses 80 percent coffee oil and 20 percent ethanol. The team says that for every 170 pounds of discarded coffee grounds, they can produce about one gallon of fuel. The fuel is then used in a standard biofuel generator that powers the house.
Learn more by visiting New Frontier Tiny Homes.
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