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New Frontier Tiny House That Literally Runs On Dunkin’

This is the New Frontier Tiny House that literally runs on Dunkin’. Yes, New Frontier Tiny Homes and Blue Marble Energy partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts to design and build a tiny house that is powered by a biofuel blend made using 80% used Dunkin’ Donuts coffee grounds.2 That’s pretty awesome, right? Can you imagine something like this being used widely? That would be incredible!

Blue Marble Biomaterials helped develop the fuel and New Frontier created the electrical system that optimized the home. Every appliance and feature found in a full size home is in this unit.1

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New Frontier Tiny House on Wheels That’s Powered By Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Grounds

Every 170 pounds of spent coffee grounds yields about one gallon of fuel and is used in a standard biofuel generator.2

275sf Tiny House Powered by Recycled Dunkin Donuts Coffee 001

Images © Dunkin Donuts/Cindy Ord via Inhabitat

275sf Tiny House Powered by Recycled Dunkin Donuts Coffee 002

Images © Dunkin Donuts/Cindy Ord via Inhabitat

275sf Tiny House Powered by Recycled Dunkin Donuts Coffee 003

Images © Dunkin Donuts/Cindy Ord via Inhabitat

275sf Tiny House Powered by Recycled Dunkin Donuts Coffee 004

Images © Dunkin Donuts/Cindy Ord via Inhabitat

VIDEO – The New Frontier Tiny House That Runs on Dunkin’

How It Works In a Nutshell

What they did, is Blue Marble Biomaterials figured out a way to generate power from the used coffee grinds, it’s explained in better detail here, but it’s done using a blend of biofuel using oil that comes from 80% coffee grinds.2 From there, they were able to fuel a generator using the fuel created using these grinds. And New Frontier Tiny Homes designed and built a tiny house on wheels with an optimized electrical system that runs on Dunkin’!

I’m starting to wish my house ran on Dunkin’, how about you?

Learn more

Video | New Frontier Tiny Homes | Blue Marble Biomaterials | Dunkin’ Donuts | Full Tiny House Tour After Dunkin’ Donuts Decorated It Etc.

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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swgoJZftjZY
  2. https://www.dunkinathome.com/whats-new/home-runs-on-dunkin
  3. https://inhabitat.com/dunkin-donuts-unveils-a-tiny-home-powered-by-recycled-coffee-grounds/

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Lee Ann
    November 13, 2019, 9:54 am

    I’m impressed with Dunkin’ Donuts re: this project. Nice house, too. I like the elevated dining area, which could also be a flexible work area, art area, etc.

    November 13, 2019, 9:55 am

    WOW this is just GREAT!! wonderful , I would love to know more about it and also I hope that you will bring this house to Vermont so I could see it first hand ! thank you sincerely Deb bushee ps i am building my own tiny right now

    • Alex
      November 14, 2019, 6:59 am

      Hi Deb in Vermont! Congrats on starting to build your own tiny house. Hope we can learn more about it soon!

  • Linda Baker
    November 13, 2019, 11:20 am

    just wondering if there is a coffee aroma to the fuel!

    • Jerry Dycus
      November 14, 2019, 4:11 am

      Likely a bad smell too. I use to work next to a coffee producer and the smell is very strong, enough to make me sick.

    • Alex
      November 14, 2019, 6:59 am

      Not sure if it would have a coffee smell because I think it’s a processed biofuel fused with some sort of alcohol, but maybe it does, I don’t really know, that’s a good question!

  • Lisa Blakeney
    November 13, 2019, 1:55 pm

    I love that this is powered by used coffee grounds, but the exterior is pretty drab and downright ugly. The interior looks pretty good, if you can get past the outside.

    • Alex
      November 14, 2019, 7:07 am

      Well, I’m glad you liked the inside, Lisa!

  • juan
    November 13, 2019, 2:10 pm

    Wow! Now all they need is a doghouse powered by donuts!
    Seriously (well) doesn’t powering your house on coffee grounds cause sleeplessness?

    • Alex
      November 14, 2019, 7:06 am


  • Hudson
    November 13, 2019, 8:29 pm

    Does this tiny house travel around the country? Is there a schedule of locations?

    • Alex
      November 14, 2019, 7:06 am

      It was only available October 16-30 of last year (2018), and for a short while it was also available on Airbnb as a vacation rental, but at the moment, it’s not available. Maybe a Dunkin’ Donuts executive is enjoying living in it somewhere with an impressive view…

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