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Espresso-a-go-go

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By Jen Hazen

A portable espresso machine that runs on pedal power? Yes, please! It’s just a given that coffee changes lives, but the Velopresso, a machine created by two recent grads from the Royal College of Art and Design in London, takes the mantra to an entirely new level.

Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva paired the old Euro tradition of gourmet coffee with modern-day engineering and aesthetics. The result is a brilliant design with a virtually silent, low carbon mobile serving cart—sans motors, electricity and noise. So, you get a caffeine jolt while being a responsible patron of the planet.

Switching gears allows the rider/barista to alternate between powering the Velopresso and the attached coffee grinder. It’s no surprise that this fancy apparatus has captured two awards in Europe thus far—Deutsche Bank’s 2012 Design Award, as well as 2nd place in Italian design house Pininfarina’s 2012 Design Contest. Even better, Reid and Oliva are currently researching innovative ways to convert the old coffee grounds to fuel.

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