bio-bean has been developing new ways to use waste coffee grounds since 2013. In that time, the company has brought to market its wonderfuel Coffee Logs (a bestselling solid biofuel for the home, launched in 2016) and coffee-derived biomass pellets (designed for industrial use).

In November 2017, as part of a special project supported by Shell’s #makethefuture initiative, bio-bean partnered with Shell and fuel blender Argent Energy to create thousands of litres of the world’s first coffee-derived biodiesel. You can find out more about Shell’s #makethefuture programme here.

This biofuel – a “B20” blend – is made by first blending Coffee Oil, extracted from waste coffee grounds, with other fats and oils. Argent Energy then uses these oils to create biodiesel, which is in turn blended with mineral diesel. B20 biodiesel offers a 10-15% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with traditional mineral diesel, while preventing waste coffee from being sent to landfill where it releases harmful methane.

The use of bio-bean’s coffee-derived biodiesel in London’s bus fleet has delivered bio-bean’s ambition to prove that London’s recycled coffee waste can make a significant and sustainable contribution to powering future transport systems.

Our research into the commercial applications of waste coffee continues, and while bio-bean’s biodiesel is not commercially available at this stage, our Coffee Logs and coffee pellets can be purchased directly from the bio-bean sales team.

If your coffee shop, restaurant or office would like to recycle your waste coffee grounds with bio-bean please get in touch.