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Green coffee bean / coffee vending machine

Green coffee bean

Over 6 million tonnes of coffee grounds are dumped into landfills every year. Our design conceives a way to reuse them based on their fertilizer potential.We combined a coffee vending machine with a coffee grounds processor. While providing coffee, coffee grounds would be collected, composted and mixed with soil.The coffee cup has been redesigned into a double-layered structure that stores fertile “coffee soil” in the lower layer and coffee in the upper. The machine would also provide a seed paper to plant.So when the customer purchase coffee, he also takes away the coffee grounds waste and moreover, he could have a fresh growing experience.


Zhejiang University of Technology

Zhejiang University of Technology
Hangzhou, China

Yuting Yan,
Zhejiang University of Technology

Kexin Wang,
Zhejiang University of Technology