Coffee: A magical potion with transformative powers

I don’t drink coffee, which has always been a source of personal disappointment.

This is largely because I don’t feel like I’m part of the ‘club’.

I’ve got nothing in common with that ubiquitous clique of people – and let’s be honest, they comprise the lion’s share of most modern offices – who arrive in the morning and before they even say hello, they mutter something along the lines of, “Oh my God, I need to drain this coffee before I consider opening an email or having a conversation, such is the power of this magnificent brew.”


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The message I get from this is loud and clear: Coffee is a magical potion with transformative powers.

At least, that’s what it seems like. Because, I’m a tea drinker and I’ve got to say, tea is lovely and satisfying, but it does nothing to elevate my mood. I can easily survive my morning, my day or even my week without a single drop.

Luckily for me, it seems that there may be a way for me to enjoy coffee another way. It’s not quite as satisfying as joining the ‘coffee keeps me sane’ club, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Active-wear label Rumi is committed to making clothes that are good the body and good for the planet, so they’ve created a line of apparel that uses eco-friendly materials.

They already make leggings from 100% recycled plastic; “Trash is a growing problem,” says designer and founder, Melissa Chu, “so finding uses for non-biodegradable materials like plastic is a must. Plastic, once cleaned, shredded, melted and stripped into thread, is indistinguishable from polyester.”

And now, their newest project is crafting breathable fitness tops from reprocessed coffee grinds!

Apparently, used coffee grounds can be recycled and turned into a natural fibre suitable for reinforcing fabric.

Rumi are not the only ones trying their hand at coffee-inspired couture, either.

Clothing manufacturer Virus uses coffee beans in their spandex range, to help boost the wearer’s body temperature by up to ten degrees.

And several years ago, Taiwanese label Singtex began incorporating coffee grounds into textile fibres, to create insulation in their clothing that controls odour and is also breathable, wind-resistant, water-resistant, compressible and thermally efficient.

All of this, from a humble cup of Joe! I guess it does have a little magic in it, after all.

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