Tiny Home That Runs on Dunkin

Written by: Drew MacFarlane, Weather.com

At a Glance

  • Dunkin’ Donuts has constructed a tiny home than runs entirely on a biofuel created using recycled coffee grounds.

  • The Home that Runs on Dunkin’ is a custom, fully-functional and transportable 275-square-foot tiny home.

  • The home includes a master bedroom, full-sized bathroom, kitchen, coffee nook and cedar porch.

Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled their multi-million dollar advertising tagline “America Runs on Dunkin'” more than 12 years ago, and now, that tagline can be applied to a house.

Cue the Home that Runs on Dunkin’, a custom, fully functional and transportable tiny house built to run entirely on a biofuel created out of recycled coffee grounds, the company announced in a press release.

By partnering with Blue Marble Biomaterials, a sustainable biochemical company, the companies were able to create the eco-friendly biofuel out of nearly 65,000 pounds of spent Dunkin’ Donuts coffee grounds.

The biofuel blend that powers the tiny home is made up of 80 percent coffee oil extracted from recycled grounds and 20 percent alcohol. For every 170 pounds of used coffee grounds, about one gallon of fuel is produced for use in a standard biofuel generator.

The tiny home itself was built in a partnership with New Frontier Tiny Homes, which constructed the home in just over three months. The 275-square-foot tiny home comes complete with a king-size bed, a full-size bathroom with a spa tub and washer/dryer, a two-person living room, kitchen, coffee nook and full cedar porch that drops down from a garage door along the side of the house.

Even the home’s exterior was designed to be aesthetically remnant of coffee, using dark stained cedar wood and Corten steel panels that have a similar, rusty texture to that of coffee grounds.


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