About - bio-bean

About
bio-bean

We are a team of experts innovating through coffee waste to create impactful, sustainable change.

We continually push forward, driven by opportunity from positive sustainable action. We believe this simply makes good business sense.

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Our History

Seven years ago a student noticed the film of oil collecting on his cold americano and began to wonder. Struck by the volume of used coffee grounds going to waste, he found research supporting his theory that the used grounds contain oil and could therefore be used as a fuel source. He went on to develop coffee-derived biomass pellets and from there, bio-bean was born.

Founded in 2013, bio-bean grew rapidly, launching coffee collection services across the UK and building the world’s first industrial-scale coffee recycling factory only two years later. In 2016 we launched our first consumer retail product, Coffee Logs, and are now poised to launch our first natural flavouring ingredient into the food and beverage industry.

What started as a good idea is today the UK’s largest recycler of coffee grounds: an award-winning team of 30 working with some of the biggest companies in the country to transform coffee waste into valuable products at an industrial scale.

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Our Purpose

bio-bean is about creating change: at scale, with longevity and with real impact. Bold and ambitious, we are full-hearted, creating a real difference for our world by sustainably innovating through coffee waste.

Since industrialisation the world’s short-termist harvesting of the earth’s resources has set off an invisible chain of waste creation, leading to long-term environmental damage. A big change in human behaviour started this problem, and a big change is required to fix it.

We are a team of tenacious problem-solvers, driving impact and behaviour change through action at scale. We try, we test, we prove, we try more and we move forward, helping to create a path for sustainable, impactful business to prosper.

With sustainability at the heart of everything we do, we’re in it for the long haul, creating impact built to last.

Team

George May

Company Director and Chief Commercial Officer

A former lawyer specialising in renewables project financing, George is responsible for bio-bean’s commercial strategy and implementation across the business.

Peter Griffiths

Company Director and Chief Financial Officer

Pete leads our finance and operations teams, with a background working for businesses focused on sustainability and climate change.

Ben Mills-Lamptey

Chief Technology Officer

A PhD in Chemical Engineering and Fellow of the IChemE with over 25 years’ experience, Ben leads our product development team.

Matt Keniston

Commercial Head, Renewals and Elements

A background in renewables, Matt manages all product sales within bio-bean Elements, and coffee collection services for bio-bean Renewals.

John Casey

Head of Factory Operations (Interim)

John leads our manufacturing team, responsible for processing grounds and producing Coffee Logs and pellets and refining grounds for further processing.

Dianne Mitchell

Head of Health and Safety

A chartered engineer, Dianne has over 15 years’ experience in the coffee industry working in Engineering and Health & Safety Management.

Ed de Moraville

Financial Controller

A Chartered Accountant with a background advising a wide range of businesses, Ed manages our procurement, IT and logistics functions.

Jo Doyle

HSEQ Systems Leader

Jo heads our environmental and quality management systems, with 8 years’ experience in developing, implementing and maintaining high standards.

Anna Kaminska

Senior Process Development Engineer

Anna has a MSce in Engineering and a background in new product development, scaling up and supporting manufacturing sites globally.

Shaun Kisby

Factory Production Manager

Shaun has 30+ years’ experience in manufacturing innovations and has played an integral role in developing our processing facility.

Kieth Riley

Senior Site Engineer

Kieth has a background of over 20 years in maintenance engineering, including experience in the renewables sector.

Jessica Folkerts

Head of Marketing

A background in strategically focused marketing across a variety of ethical brands and organisations, Jessica leads our marketing and communications function.