Çurface: an industrial surface made from compressed coffee and melted coffee cups

We've been in the market for a new surface for our kitchen's eating area (a wide shelf that's set into a wide space knocked through into the sitting room serviced by four tall stools) for a year now. We've looked at tiles, synthetic stone, real stone, polymers, concrete, and lots of other stuff, but we knew we'd discovered our material when we happened on the Çurface exhibition at a coffee fair in east London. Çurface is the brainchild of two British makers who've figured out how to make a durable, beautiful, malleable material out of melted plastic coffee cups and compressed coffee-grounds.

Our Çurface cost £141 including delivery and installation -- that was the minimum price for a 1m x 2m sheet (bigger than we needed it, but Adam from Çurface was happy to cut it to size and finish the edges). We've had it for two months now, and at this point, I'm prepared to pronounce it delightful. It looks great: the solid material minimizes the occasional small scratch or scuff, and it cleans very easily with normal spray-cleaners (when he installed it, Adam explained that we could treat it as a polymer and use Turtle Wax or similar for a high gloss, or treat it as a compressed fiber and seal it with Danish Oil). The manufacturer makes lots of different shapes to order -- the demo we saw included lots of fancy curved chairs and such, all cast from a single piece. The manufacturer also advertises it as suitable for flooring, though I think it might be a little slippery.

It smelled great when we installed it, a faint, earthy coffee smell that faded over the course of a week or so. Now it's just the kitchen table, and we love it. It was half the price of the synthetic rock we'd looked at, it's made of recycled coffee waste, and it looks great. What more could we ask for (apart from a less orthographically unwieldy name)?




  1. That’s pretty wild. It makes me wonder what else could be recycled into furniture.

    How heavy is it? Also, what does Çurface mean? Coffee surface? If so, what’s with the cedilla under the c?

    1. the cedilla makes the C sound like an S, as in garçon.  So, basically, you pronounce it “surface”.  The strange typography is just someone being cutesy.

  2. Gulliver, I believe the cedilla is there to indicate that the C of Çurface is supposed to be pronounced soft, like an S, and not like a K. It matches the function of the cedilla in French, too.

    Cory, I’m glad to know it’s awesome! I came across Çurface a few months ago but had never yet read an actual consumer review for it. I’m filing your opinion away. :)

  3. @Gulliver, Icestone is made out of recycled glass and (I believe) concrete and is used for countertops as well.  Dwell often covers new materials that are made in part or in full from reclaimed or recycled materials.

  4. Sounds similar to Richlite, the resinated compressed paper countertop material. Familiar to most of your from your high school chem lab counters, it’s now popular in homes. We have it in our bathroom. Super-durable, and the color goes all the way through so a nick will never show. This stuff sounds way cheaper, though; GBP 161 will get you about two square feet of Richlite, and not installed. Bring this to the US please!

      1. I dunno, I went to high school in the early seventies and it was always Richlite or something comparable. People who use our bathroom are always saying “oh, like science lab”. Mrs. Fnarf blocked my suggestion to mount a Bunsen burner in the corner of it.

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