According to the ICO (International Coffee Organization), world coffee consumption in a year can total around 150.2 million bags (each bag weighs 130 lbs). However, less than 1% of the whole grain is consumed in a cup of coffee which means millions of tons of nutrient-rich biomass are wasted. How to make use of all this unused energy? The HIFA coffee maker explores this question and come up with an answer might surprise you – MUSHROOMS! The coffee grinds are reused with an easy transfer of the material to a section of the appliance dedicated to growing mushrooms that the user can use later for cooking.
Hifa’s design assures optimal darkness and humidity conditions for mycelium proliferation as well as an excellent infusion vessel for brewing coffee based on the French press coffee maker principles. Its double-walled vessel body reduces heat dissipation, keeping coffee hot longer. At the same time, coffee grounds are stocked inside the lower compartments ready to be inoculated and when mycelium spreads through the coffee grounds its time to sprinkle some water, wait a couple of days and reap some excellent quality mushrooms!
Honestly, I have no words for the desing. Although the starting point is good, how many of us would like to grow mushroom right beside the coffee machine? Personally, I don’t see any chance this concept will turn into a final product. How do you think of it?