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

Six 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 35 working with some of the biggest companies in the country to transform coffee waste into value 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.


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.

Barbara Walshe

Chief Legal and Corporate Services Officer

With more than 10 years as a lawyer advising across large scale energy and infrastructure projects, Barbara heads our Legal and HR services.

Dianne Mitchell

Chief Production and Engineering Officer

Dianne has spent over 15 years in the coffee industry working on factory commissioning, technology development and process engineering.

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.

Callum Cottrell-Duffield

Commercial Head, Naturals

Using his background in natural extracts, Callum manages new business development and sales for all products within bio-bean Naturals.

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.

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.

John Casey

Site Manager

With over 30 years’ experience in operational leadership and HR roles, John is an integral part of the operations team.

Jessica Folkerts

Marketing Manager

A background in strategically focused brand marketing across a variety of ethical brands and organisations, Jessica heads our marketing efforts.

Jo Doyle

HSEQ Systems Leader

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

Nick Southam

Principal Engineer

A member of IChemE with a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and over 10 years’ experience, Nick leads our engineering team.

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.