Dunkin’ Doughnuts built a tiny home that’s powered by coffee — and it cost just $10 a night to stay there

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This house runs on Dunkin’. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Dunkin’ Doughnuts

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.

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Blue Marble took the oil from 65,000 pounds of coffee grounds and converted it into biofuel.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The inside is outfitted with slate countertops, walnut floors, and high-end appliances.


Actress Olivia Wilde also contributed to the home’s unique aesthetic.

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Guests can access the loft bed by climbing up a ladder.

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There’s also a “coffee nook” for sipping your morning cup.

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But perhaps the coolest feature is a retractable wall, which opens out to a cedar deck.

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