Recycling has long been a big part of life in our roastery. Refurbishing old roasters, using pallets and scrap metal to build our training area, sending coffee chaff to the allotments of our employees, our test roaster, The Prof was even built out of an old paint gun.
But there's no hiding from the staggeringly high levels of coffee waste produced in our industry. which is why we were so excited to find bio-bean, a pioneering company turning used coffee grounds into sustainable biofuels.
In 2013 Arthur Kay was studying Architecture at university when he came up with the idea for bio-bean.
From there, bio-bean won numerous awards, got funding and started an intensive programme of research and development.
In 2015 they opened the world’s first coffee waste factory in Cambridgeshire and launched a nationwide collection service.
Once recycled, the coffee grounds are turned into coffee logs, biofuels and pellets. Latest research they’ve done shows that recycling through bio-bean as opposed to sending your coffee grounds to landfill results in 60% less CO2 emissions!
This year, founder Arthur Kay was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 Business Green Leaders Awards. Hell yeah Arthur!!
Big up to Arthur and the incredible team at bio-bean. An awesome solution to the waste problem in our industry. Link below where you can find out more about their collection services and recycling your coffee waste.
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