The world consumes over 9.89 billion kgs of coffee every year, and 30% of that happens in the EU. The most common factor people drink coffee is caffeine. However, a less commonly known fact is that when we make a cup of coffee, we are extracting less than 1% of coffee’s health-promoting compounds (antioxidants, essential fatty acids, melanoidins, diterpene esters, sugars, proteins, fibres, caffeine is less than 2% of coffee’s composition). The remaining 99% remain intact in the spent coffee grounds, aka coffee “waste”.
Ironically, the same compounds responsible for providing health benefits in coffee are the same responsible for it being so harmful to the environment. Yes, coffee heavily pollutes the environment. Usually, spent coffee grounds end up decomposing in landfills – resulting in methane emissions, methane is 28-36 times more harmful to the environment than CO2 according to the EPA – or incinerated, resulting in CO2 emissions. If we assume all the almost 10 bn kgs of coffee that go to waste end up in landfills or incinerated, the emissions emitted would be the equivalent to about 10 million cars every year!
Our Kaffe Bueno Oil® is extracted from spent coffee grounds, and it is used as an ingredient to manufacture personal care products targeting anti-ageing, sun protection, wound healing and moisturising. On the other hand, Kaffe Bueno Flour® is practically a by-product of the oil extraction, yet because its acknolwedged nutritional value, it is used as an ingredient to make food products within bakery & confectionery, pizza & pasta, raw bars, protein bars, high-fibre bars, etc.
It is clear how our products fit into the circular economy principles; we are taking a biomass which is currently disposed as waste, SCG, adding value to it with our technology, and repurposing them into different industries as value-adding ingredients for products that aim to improve society’s health.