Singtex discovered a unique feature of coffee grounds: they contain a naturally inherent odor control that can be combined with fabric.
Singtex, the Taiwanese company behind the fabric line known as S.Café®, discovered a unique feature of coffee grounds: they contain a naturally inherent odor control that can be combined with fabric. Using a now-patented process, Singtex upcycles used coffee grounds into yarn, which is then made into durable and sustainable fabrics—it’s a line especially ideal for performance wear.
Having now produced eight generations of the fabric in a short four-and-half-year span, they continue to perfect the process of adding coffee grounds into fiber, and along the way have learned coffee not only provides odor control, it also provides UV protection and fast drying times.
This has led S.Café to research the blending of coffee grounds with other related products—for them, coffee in fabric is just the beginning.
According to Gallup, since 1999, around 64% percent of U.S. adults admit to drinking at least one cup of coffee on an average day. In 2008, approximately 7.6 million tons of coffee beans were sold worldwide, and Singtex saw this as a lot of waste for our already burdened landfills. Though fabric is not the only use for this waste—it can be used as garden mulch, batteries, biofuel, and more—Singtex felt compelled innovate around the use the grounds; and they have.
When roasted, coffee beans develop natural deodorizing properties. In the manufacturing process, Singtex removes the phenols, esters, and oils from the grounds, leaving them odorless but maintaining the odor-resistant qualities. When fabric is made from this yarn, it inherits the odor-resistance, soaks up sweat, dries fast, and serves as a UV shield.
As the S.Café fabrics become more readily available around the world, it’s possible you’ll be wearing your next cup of coffee.