Coffee isn’t just meant for powering our mornings – it can now power our homes as well. In October, Dunkin’ Doughnuts revealed the first-ever home to run on coffee, a 275-square-foot structure with a full kitchen, bathroom, and king size bed.
The home was first unveiled in New York City, before being made available to rent in Nahant, Massachusetts, a town just outside Boston.
The home was formerly listed on Airbnb, where reservations immediately filled up. Bookings were limited to two guests, who received unlimited access to coffee – all for the low price of $US10 a night.
There’s still a chance to see it for yourself, thanks to photos and a 3D tour. Take a look inside.
To come up with a coffee-powered energy system, Dunkin’ partnered with Blue Marble Biomaterials, a company that takes wasted resources and converts them to fuel.
Blue Marble took the oil from 65,000 pounds of coffee grounds and converted it into biofuel.
A single gallon of fuel requires around 170 pounds of spent coffee grounds.
In addition to conserving energy, the process prevents coffee grounds from winding up in landfills.
The decomposition of coffee grounds releases methane – a greenhouse gas that’s up to 35 times as potent as carbon dioxide.
But there’s a caveat: The biofuel blend consists of only 80% coffee oil.
In order to be converted into fuel, the coffee is mixed with 20% alcohol.
The design was executed by New Frontier Tiny Homes, who wanted the exterior to mimic the colour of coffee.
The inside is outfitted with slate countertops, walnut floors, and high-end appliances.