In an article published on August 23, 2017 by news provider Beverage Daily, editor Jenny Eagle reports on coffee cups, saucers, and lids made from coffee husk. The new coffee products were developed and designed by Australian start-up company Huskee. The creators use husk waste generated during coffee processing to manufacture reusable and recyclable coffee cups and utensils. They further intend to use CO2-capturing microbes to produce a base bio-polymer to blend with the husk, Eagle informs. The company works closely with its husk suppliers to ensure that no hazardous chemicals are used during coffee processing. To ensure safety, the final products will be subject to laboratory testing to obtain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other internationally recognized certifications. According to Huskee, the material is chip and crack resistant and presents a sustainable alternative to ceramics in both café and home environments.
Thus far, the hundreds of tons of husk waste have been used by coffee farmers as a fertilizer supplement and carbonized fuel source, Eagle explains. Huskee aims to create a closed-loop system to eliminate waste from the coffee supply chain. In addition, the company hopes its products will help reduce the use of single-use disposable coffee cups.
Jenny Eagle (August 23, 2017). “Australian start-up wins funding to make coffee cups from coffee husks.” Beverage Daily