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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

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

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

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