Love Columbian Coffee! Now you can live in a home built from your favorite coffee

By: | May 27th, 2021

Image courtesy: Woodpecker WPC

Colombian coffee is renowned the world over for its quality and taste. It is considered one of the best in the world.

Now Columbian coffee has found another reason to fall in love with it. A Colombian construction start-up company is creating affordable homes using coffee waste.

35% of the population in Columbia lives in poverty. There is a high demand for affordable housing.

Bogota-based start-up Woodpecker is working towards revolving housing issues for economically challenged communities in Columbia. So, Woodpecker is creating sustainable and affordable housing using waste coffee husks.

Construction of a fully built house takes less than a week and costs as little as $4,500

Coffee husks and other by-products from the coffee grinding process are combined with recycled plastic to build prefabricated blocks. These blocks are then quickly assembled to build homes.

These lightweight prefabricated blocks can be easily transported to difficult-to-reach areas where infrastructure is most needed.

Coffee consumption isn’t about to slow down! The coffee industry will continue to grow and waste from coffee farms would inevitably end up in landfills.

However, start-ups like Woodpecker with their innovative ideas are helping to recycle and reduce its huge waste footprint.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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