bio-bean is a startup with an incredible success story that I’ve been watching with interest for a number of years and a company I am pleased to say that CRU is now partnering with on various projects.
It was founded by Arthur Kay in 2013, after an interest in creating sustainable cities led him to an idea that would soon be keeping him very busy. With over 500K tonnes of coffee waste in the UK alone, it was clear there was enough waste out there to create an interesting business.
The coffee waste we produce is taken to bio-bean's factory in Cambridgeshire and turned into the following amazing products:
- Biomass Pellets - carbon neutral biofuel that can be used to heat buildings.
- Coffee Logs - premium eco briquettes which are a sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuels, solid fuels and imported wood. Perfect for house and home.
- Biodiesel - which can now be used commercially.
- Biochemicals - currently under research.
bio-bean launched their coffee logs in October at a media event in Borough Market. The event was a roaring (no pun intended) success with the guests being fuelled (sorry) by a CRU Kafe Espresso Martini bar.
Most recently, our very own CEO, Colin Pyle, interviewed Arthur at Shoreditch House for our Meet the Founders fireside (just can’t help it) chat series. It was an interesting insight into the growth of the business and Arthur himself as a young CEO, particularly the challenges around large Corporates where being carbon neutral is only a bonus once the costs stack up.
bio-bean's factory now processes the waste from 1 in 10 cups of coffee drunk in the UK and they hope to increase this considerably over the coming years. Arthur admits that hanging out with waste management professionals is a dark past time... I'm sure he'll therefore take great pleasure in growing bio-bean into a global brand. Watch this space...