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RCA Show 2012: VeloPresso, a Human-Powered Coffee Shop

VeloPresso is a “pedal-powered mobile coffee-making machine for off-grid selling of quality espresso and its derivatives with a compact footprint and near-silent ultra-low-carbon human-powered operation – fine coffee, no electricity, no motors, no noise.”

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Velopresso. Image © Ivan Coleman, source: www.velopresso.cc

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Image © Ivan Coleman, source: www.velopresso.cc

Following on from my post about the Innovation Design Engineering show at the Royal College of Art, I’ve since had a chance to visit the Design Products section of the show and one project stood out. The VeloPresso, by RCA graduates Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva is stylish, innovative, conceived with sustainability in mind and the prototype beautifully detailed and engineered (with help from a number of sponsors).

You can simply ‘change gear’ on the VeloPresso to engage the pedal-powered coffee grinder for a freshly and quietly ground brew. You can’t boil water by pedalling, though, and so the prototype uses camping gas. (19 July 2012 update): Amos and Lasse have commissioned Imperial College to help with their research into fuel sources for boiling the water and the results show that there are sufficient sugars in waste coffee grounds to turn into ethanol. They inform me “The next wave of research (which we are currently exploring ways of funding) will specifically address how to extract these sugars from waste coffee most efficiently and from there distillation is relatively simple. In parallel we are developing practical models for the collection of this waste resource.” Good stuff! I love the idea of a product using its own waste as a power source.

You can find out more about VeloPresso at www.velopresso.cc.

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Velopresso. Image © Ivan Coleman, source: www.velopresso.cc

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Velopresso at the degree show. Image: Designosaur, with permission

2 comments to RCA Show 2012: VeloPresso, a Human-Powered Coffee Shop

  • hello again… Rob and Tania

    it was quite hard to give full attention in the show to all the folk that we were talking to particularly if we were making coffee at same time but we would have loved to have given your our full attention as your work on this site and field clearly warrants it!

    …..hopefully we will get a chance to make you a coffee during the next phase when the grinder will be fully assembled (couple of parts missing in show making dosing a bit cumbersome) and much slicker, though it grinds perfectly and very fast – double-shot in 5 secs.

    Briefly, and further to separate long comment we might add that the mechanism for switching between powering the trike to powering the grinder is more simply described as a ‘clutch’ or ‘gear change’….we engineered a clutch mechanism that is operated very simply by the pull of a bicycle gear lever, so it is just a case of ‘changing gears’ between trike drive and grinder drive, an operation you do when you pull up to begin your coffee making operations, and then again when your finished and ready to head home.

    Apologies if this appears pedantic, but we are conscious of the rapid way in which blog info is shared and proliferates.

    All the best and thanks.

    Amos and Lasse

  • Hi Amos and Lasse, Fantastic to hear from you directly and thanks for clarifying. I’ve amended the post now to reflect your point about changing gear to grind coffee and I hope it’s now more accurate. We’d love to see the fully-assembled-coffee-grinder phase of the project so please do get in touch again when it’s ready!

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