Berlin-based company Kaffeeform has figured out what to do with all the coffee grounds produced by the city’s numerous coffee shops. Instead of simply disposing of them, they’ve teamed up with Crow Cycle Collective, who bike around Berlin to collect coffee grounds and then drop them off at Kaffeeform’s workshop, where the grounds are then cleaned. The grounds are then transferred to another location for processing—from drying to blending with other eco-friendly materials. They are then shaped into cups and saucers.
These cups are dishwasher-safe and are sturdy enough to survive falls on hard surfaces, according to their FAQ.
The biodegradable cups are now being used in coffee shops in Berlin and are also sold across Europe. Kaffeeform is even making these cups available for wholesale purchases within the European Union.