Vert Design

Huskee Cup

MATERIALS: Coffee Husk Waste Composite Plastic

A start-up company with years of invaluable experience in the coffee industry, Huskee approached Vert to design & develop a range of coffee cups made from waste coffee husk mixed with eco-polymers. Visually iconic and ideologically driven, HuskeeCup is known as the world’s very ‘first coffee cup’!

Good Design that is Sustainable: Australia alone is responsible for over 1 billion takeaway cups in landfill each year. Globally, over 1.7 million tonnes of coffee husk waste is created from the milling stage of coffee production. The design challenge was to solve this husk waste issue by creating an integrated consumer product system that utilises this waste as a raw material. There was also a manufacturing challenge of not only formulating our own eco-polymer blend but to also have it work effectively and economically with traditional, large scale production methods and inherent restrictions of manufacturing with injection moulding.

After studying user experience and expectations of conventional coffee ware, we have designed a complete and interchangeable system of durable cups, adaptable to multiple environments and suitable for multiple user groups, by sharing a common saucer and lid.

Form Follows Function: The key feature of the HuskeeCups are its ‘fins’ which function to reduce the contact area of fingers with the cup, allowing the user to hold it comfortably when hot liquids are consumed. The form also simplifies manufacturing by removing the need for a handle. This begets further innovation, enabling unprecedented efficiency in packaging, distribution and storage of HuskeeCup.

Good for the User, Good for the Planet: HuskeeCup’s unique design features enable the product to be used in a global takeaway cup replacement system, tackling the global epidemic of waste from single-use cups. It traverses multiple product categories, functioning as both a dine-in and takeaway cup. This enables the development of a world first ‘swap’ system where cafes and consumers use and exchange a single cup, significantly altering consumer behaviour and cafe workflows to enable sustainability coffee consumption ecosystem. Further, by commercialising HuskeeCup we are transforming waste into a financial resource for the coffee farmers involved in the process.

Process Equals Form: The development of HuskeeCup’s design included in depth research into production processes and heat retention rates in several materials. We designed & tested complex 3D printed tooling, culminating in a unique series of cups with an environmental-centric objectives. Manufacturing by injection moulding enabled the incorporation of highly delicate design details, which may not possible in traditional vessel production methods such as Glass blowing or Ceramics production. "

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