The UK drinks 95 million cups of coffee every day, creating hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste coffee grounds every year. bio-bean is the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling these waste coffee grounds, converting them into sustainable biofuels and biochemicals.
bio-bean is founded on the premise that there is no such thing as waste, only resources in the wrong place. Typically, coffee grounds go to landfill where they emit methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But spent coffee grounds are highly calorific and contain valuable compounds, making them an ideal feedstock from which to produce advanced biofuels.
We work within the existing waste infrastructure to collect used coffee grounds from coffee shops, offices, transport hubs and coffee factories, recycling them into sustainable and high-performance products and saving 80% on CO2e emissions than if the grounds were sent to landfill.
Ms Jessica Folkerts
Alconbury Weald Enterprise Park