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For some of us, it takes a couple of cups of coffee to wake up and hit the road. The Bean Machine, a coffee-powered pickup built by UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon, takes the notion of caffeine-based energy to a whole new level. Commissioned by The Co-operative Food to commemorate their 10th anniversary of converting all of their coffee to fair trade, the truck set a Guinness World Record for the highest speed ever attained by a java-powered vehicle, clocking in at 65mph.

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The ingenious Bean Machine is a modified Ford F100 pickup that uses the process of gasification powered by coffee chaff pellets. The pellets, which are a byproduct of coffee production, are heated by a charcoal fire and broken down into hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The gas is cooled and filtered before hydrogen is combusted to operate the engine. Gasification was a widespread means of transportation in wartime England, where over 100,000 vehicles were powered by the process during WWII. At the beginning of the 20th century, 900,000 cars were running on gasifiers across the world and can potentially be more efficient than fossil fuels.

The caffeinated car set the Guinness World Record at the Woodford Airfield in Manchester, England. “We’re thrilled to have taken the speed record for the fastest car of this kind.” said team leader and engineer, Martin Bacon. Backed the by The Co-Operative Food, the vehicle was created to publicize their commitment to fair trade. For the past 15 years, the business has advocated for responsible retailing through animal welfare, environmentally sustainable products, and socially just production. They hope that the Bean Machine sends a jolt to the public and helps spread the world about fair trade products.

+ The Co-operative Food

Via The Daily Mail


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  1. Esteban January 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Ƭhanks very nice blog!

  2. stan e February 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    And exactly HOW fast did it go????

  3. spirituallyinsane February 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The process of gasification produces hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This article indicates the hydrogen is burned. The carbon monoxide is also burned. It’s a very important part of the fuel for a vehicle like this. Once burned, it returns to harmless carbon dioxide.

  4. Simon Simpson February 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Jon Brooks What’s wrong with you people? They use waste coffee not beans. Put your brain in gear before you slag it off (and what have you ever done)

  5. Jon Brooks February 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Biomass conversion makes sense; coffee bean combustion is impractical for broad use, so why waste time to design and build it and beans to burn? This exemplifies frivolous allocation of resources in a world where many human beings starve every day. We ought to wake up and smell the intended pun. Anyway, this car went faster on coffee beans in September of 2011, I wonder in what dimension 65mph is greater than 66.5 mph…

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