What the hell are you talking about Graeme, have you finally lost it??

No, I stumbled across a company called bio-bean last year when they were still in the throes of testing the idea, now they are growing because the idea makes complete sense.

No-one will deny that the UK is now a coffee loving nation – but what happens to all of that waste coffee. After all the total dissolved solids in a cup of coffee are usually around 18-22%, so what happens to the rest?

Ah, now this is where bio-bean and transesterification come in – currently you can put your used coffee in the food waste and it gets composted – great I here you say, well yes definitely better than landfill, but why compost it if it can be used more productively to replace fossil fuels?

As their website proclaims “bio-bean® is the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. bio-bean works within the existing energy and waste infrastructure, developing sustainable products and solutions to displace conventional fuels and chemicals”.

But how do we get the waste coffee from the coffee shop where it is created to the bio-bean processor where it can be transformed? After all there are lots of coffee shops and currently only one processing plant…

Bio-bean are actively seeking collection partners (particularly in Scotland) – now it would seem to be an obvious fit to use a waste recycling company that currently visits to pick up waste from coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and the usual coffee waste producing suspects – but not all sites use these services and as such not all coffee will be recycled and transformed.

This idea is part of our future to encourage us to reduce, reuse and recycle – please ask your waste recycling company to look into this and get the bins and bags that allow the chain to work – if you can’t get them to come on board let me know as we would consider adding 'waste coffee collection' from our customers as part of our delivery run in East Central Scotland – Edinburgh, Fife, Perth & Dundee.

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