Coffee Coals turns old coffee grounds into fuel

“Everything we use is all natural and safe,” says Rich Bruins, inventor of Coffee Coal.

Purdue graduate Rich Bruins created a way to turn old coffee grounds into fuel. Today on Indy Style co-host Andi Hauser gets a taste of what it’s like cooking with coffee.

It’s called Coffee Coals and the product offers a fast, green alternative for outdoor grills. Bruins is using a campaign to raise funds to provide Coffee Coals a bigger production facility.

Two pounds of Coffee Coals will burn at cooking temperature (between 350F-400F) for 60 minutes. Traditional charcoal often takes over 20 minutes, but with our product your grill is ready to cook in 5-8 minutes.

Coffee Coals delivers a smoky, charcoal taste, but the composition of the coffee grounds gives a unique, aromatic profile.

Many charcoal companies use petroleum in their products, but not Coffee Coals; everything we use is all natural and safe. Because we don’t use petrochemicals, synthetic binders, or additives, our product presents no health risks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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