An article on Yanko Design has profiled the concept of the HIFA coffee maker, which takes advantage of spent coffee grounds and the energy embedded in that process to grow mushrooms. Designers Adrián Pérez and Mauricio Carvajal have placed the mushroom growing process inside a relatively typical looking coffee maker in what appears to be a fascinating process.

The coffee industry operates on a wasteful process. World coffee consumption is a year totals around 150.2 million bags, weighing 130 lbs each, with only 1% of the whole grain consumed in a cup of drink, effectively meaning that millions of tonnes of high nutrient product is not utilised.

In the HIFA coffee maker, coffee grinds are reused in a process that transfers materials to the mushroom growing section of the appliance, where optimal darkness and humidity for mycelium growing are maintained. Perfectly healthy and edible mushrooms can be grown by adding mycelium and a drop of water to the spent grounds.

There are some great visuals and we highly recommend taking a look at the original article: A New Coffee Ecosystem.

Credit: HIFA and Yanko Design

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