bio-bean was founded in 2013 on the firm belief that there is no such thing as waste, only resources in the wrong place. When bio-bean’s founder, Arthur Kay, was studying architecture he had to design a coffee shop and was struck by the volume of coffee grounds going to waste. He become fascinated by the grounds as a material and after discovering a film on the surface of a old coffee cup began his research into coffee-derived biomass pellets and bio-bean was born.
The UK alone drinks 95 million cups of coffee every day, equating to hundreds of thousands of tonnes of used coffee grounds each year, but instead of letting these go to waste bio-bean manufactures a range of innovative biofuels and biochemicals from these recycled used coffee ground which displaces the need for conventional fossil fuels, virgin/finite resources and chemicals. Recycling coffee grounds generates 80% less emissions than if they are sent to landfill and bio-bean is on a mission is to extract the latent resources from coffee grounds that would otherwise be sent to landfill, and in so doing, help the world to rethink waste.