Based in Berlin, the watch brand Lilienthal Berlin recently came up with a watch with a case designed from recycled coffee grounds! Apparently, this also makes the watch smell like coffee, when you wear it. Lilienthal Berlin collaborated with Kaffeform and used the coffee-based material created by them to bring the watch to life. The watch is primarily made from stainless steel, while its strap is natural leather.
Designer: Lilienthal Berlin x Kaffeform
According to the watch brand, more than 20 million tonnes of coffee grounds are wasted and collected every year in Germany. This inspired Lilienthal Berlin to come up with the Coffee Watch, in an attempt to reduce the amount of waste created every year. Kaffeform uses the waste coffee grounds picked up by bicycle couriers from cafes all over Berlin! The waste is then dried and processed, and prepared for final use. They are then upcycled into an “eco-friendly and traceable” material.
“With the Coffee Watch, we want to show just how exciting a sustainable lifestyle can be. That it’s worth challenging the status quo. That it’s possible to make a watch out of something as seemingly useless as coffee grounds – that good-looking accessories can be compatible with premium quality and sustainability,” said the brand.
The watch also comes in a variety of colors, and their names are pretty cool too – Americano, Expresso, Latte, and Macchiato. They’re basically various shades of brown, ranging from dark to light. A Bauhaus-style dial with a “subtle sun-burst effect” is an attractive element of the watch.
“We are also doing more than just showing a nice watch here,” concluded Lilienthal Berlin. “When it comes to lifestyle products, sustainability still doesn’t play a big role as it does when it comes to food, fashion, or many other products we see every day. In our industry though, things are developing a bit slower. And this is exactly what we want to change.”
Kudos to the brand’s attempt, to strengthen the presence of sustainability in the field of lifestyle products. Not only is the Coffee Watch aesthetically pleasing, comfy to wear, and functional, but it is also a prime example of great upcycling.