Pedal power has proven to be a versatile way for businesses to add an eco-friendly touch to their operations, with hotels, cinemas and even prisons employing the idea. Designed in London, the Velopresso is now offering mobile coffee, powered by the bicycle wheels the machine rests upon.
The startup was created by former Royal College of Art students Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva, who developed a customized trike and coffee machine hybrid. While the device can be used to ride the espresso maker around the city, it is also set up so that the gears can be switched from powering the bike to powering a grinder which produces fresh grounds. Hot water comes from an onboard gas-powered boiler, meaning that no electricity is used during the process. Velopresso aims to make its coffee even more eco-friendly by finding a way to re-use old grounds at some point in the future.
The duo have already won the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises for their design, which takes into account both practicality and aesthetics. Could pedal power improve your business?
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