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Velopresso uses pedal-power to keep the coffee flowing

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September 26, 2012

Velopresso has snagged an award from Deutsche Bank and came second place in a design compe...

Velopresso has snagged an award from Deutsche Bank and came second place in a design competition hosted by Pininfarina (Photo: Ivan Coleman)

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Royal College of Art graduates Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva have put a new twist on the humble street vendor tricycle with Velopresso – a prototype mobile coffee making machine that uses pedal-power to grind the beans as well as turn the wheels.

While it’s not kitted out to serve you beer and pizza, Velopresso can certainly help with the morning after, as it sports everything necessary to brew up a nice cup of espresso, cappuccino, or latte. On the same note, a lack of electricity, motors, or any significant noise, should all help avoid aggravating sore heads.

Velopresso's gears have been modified to allow its pedals to either propel the cart forward, or power the on-board coffee grinder. Hot water is currently produced by a tiny gas canister, but the designers are reportedly looking into greener methods of heating water as they refine the prototype.

Velopresso is still a work in progress, but has already snagged Reid and Oiva a design award from Deutsche Bank, and second place in a competition hosted by prestigious Italian design house Pininfarina.

Source: Velopresso via Inhabitat

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