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26 Feb 2019
Arch Climbing Wall

Arch Climbing Wall joins the coffee recycling revolution

The Arch Climbing Wall – a multi-centre indoor climbing mecca in London – has sustainability at the forefront of its agenda. Two of the sites run entirely on renewable energy! Plus, the centres use eco-friendly cleaning products throughout, and they recycle the scrap metal from route setting. So when Joe Partridge, Sustainability Coordinator at Arch Climbing Wall, contacted bio-bean to learn more about how their waste coffee grounds could be recycled into biofuels, we were only too happy to help!

Joe, owner of Arch Climbing WallOriginally, The Arch threw away the spent grounds from the coffees sold on site. It all went into the general waste bin and was sent to landfill, where the grounds release nasty levels of CO2e emissions. But feedback from internal team workshops created a focus on finding a more sustainable way to dispose of the grounds. The Arch team considered combining the grounds in food waste collections, where they would eventually find their way to anaerobic digestion… A step in the right direction, for sure, and a better alternative to landfill. But it was still a choice that produces 70% more emissions than if the grounds were recycled with bio-bean.

So Joe got in touch with us to chat about how one of their sites in Bermondsey could get involved with trialling the segregated coffee collections.

The Arch partners with bio-bean and First Mile

bio-bean first mile collection truck

The climbing wall’s location and monthly waste coffee volumes lent itself to collection from First Mile, one of our waste management partners. So The Arch and First Mile agreed a collections schedule and began kerb-side collections.

With collections running smoothly at Building One, it wasn’t long until Joe reached out to get the second site in Burnt Oak set up with coffee grounds collections – an easy win as First Mile covers this area as well.

First Mile now collects waste coffee grounds from all three of the Arch Climbing sites, ready to transport to our factory in Alconbury to be manufactured into Coffee Logs and biomass pellets.

Since they partnered with us in October 2018, Arch Climbing Wall have thus far prevented over 570kg of waste coffee grounds from ending up in landfill! We’ve processed this coffee into 53 bags of Coffee Logs, displacing over 0.27 tonnes of coal from being burnt and saving more than 0.25 tonnes of CO2e from being emitted into the atmosphere. This equates to the emissions saving effects of 158 trees, or a 3-acre forest!

Arch Climbing WallDue to their sustainability efforts, The Arch has been nominated for a Sustainability in Sport award at the Green Heart Hero Awards 2019. The awards are organised by the Climate Coalition to celebrate the people and companies paving the way to a cleaner future. So it’s great that coffee recycling has contributed towards the nomination!

A huge thank you to everyone over at The Arch Climbing Wall for their enthusiasm and dedication to recycling the coffee across the whole of the company. We look forward to continuing our relationship and wish them all the best with the Green Heart Hero award!

25 Oct 2017
Kevin McCloud Green Heroes

More recognition for Coffee Logs – the wonderful wonderfuel! 

In more positive news for bio-bean, Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud has named our wonderfuel, Coffee Logs one of his ‘Green Heroes’ at Grand Designs Live, thanks to our friends at Logs Direct who distribute for us in the north of England and exhibit with Coffee Logs at numerous trade shows. Kevin McCloud’s annual Green Heroes selection celebrates the best in sustainable homeware, and he says of Coffee Logs: “My Green Hero. Power your home with coffee fuel from bio-bean.”


This great news comes on the back of winning both Cafe Life’s Best New Product award, and the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund last month.

And on Monday 16th October, Tricks of the Restaurant trade featured bio-bean and our wonderfuel Coffee Logs. For the episode, bio-bean founder Arthur spoke to presenter and TV chef Simon Rimmer about coffee pellets, the wonderfuel Coffee Logs and biodiesel. 

For anyone who missed it, you can watch it on 4OD . While the show is full of interesting insights into the restaurant industry, the best bit is right after the ad break from 12:30. 

04 Aug 2017
truck driving bio-bean's coffee ground waste

Waste coffee from Manchester area now recycled with bio-bean

bio-bean waste coffee collection and recycling services have been growing in both breadth and depth in recent months as new waste management partnerships flourish.

In May we began to collect waste coffee grounds from Birmingham, and we’ve now expanded to the North West too, undertaking collections from the Greater Manchester area in collaboration with Bolton-based Lavelle Waste Services.

An independent life cycle analysis of our products and processes has shown that recycling coffee is the most sustainable method of disposing of this waste – it produces 60% less emissions than landfill, and 30% less than anaerobic digestion. So as we partner with a growing number of waste management companies including Biffa and Olleco, we can rest in the knowledge that even greater volumes of waste coffee are being put to much better use than before.

To find out more or become a partner visit our Collection page or email


26 Apr 2017
Mishcon The Leap 100

bio-bean joins the Mishcon Leap 100

bio-bean is pleased to announce we have made The Leap 100 2017 – a community of the most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK, – launched by London law firm Mishcon de Reya and business publication City A.M. and nominated in partnership with Seven Hills and The Entrepreneurs Network.

In 2016, bio-bean worked hard to grow our coffee waste collection route, establishing new partnerships with suppliers all over London – including Costa, Caffè Nero and Canary Wharf. Most importantly, 2016 marked the launch of our consumer product – Coffee Logs. We are delighted that the team at The Leap 100 have recognised these achievements and we’re looking forward to working with them in the future.

For the third year running, The Leap 100 will support entrepreneurs as they experience the highs and lows of fast growth, bringing together founders and business leaders to share their ideas and experiences. Click here for the full 2017/18 list.

Nick Davis, Head of Corporate at Mishcon de Reya, said: “Since launching The Leap 100 in 2015 we now have 300 fast growth businesses in The Leap community. Scaling-up is challenging and is usually a highly dramatic time for businesses. Over the course of this year, we will gather together these businesses to facilitate debate and discussion around the factors that impact them the most, especially in the period leading up to Brexit. It is always so interesting to assemble these businesses during this stage of their growth and to hear their unique insights.”

Christian May, Editor of City A.M., said of the list: “In the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU, the SME community continues to thrive. The Leap 100 is a very nimble selection of UK businesses – all flying in the face of the uncertainty that is Brexit to pursue rapid and sustainable growth. For this reason, The Leap 100 2017 is particularly inspirational, showcasing successful innovation, brand recognition and expansion into new markets and, of course, leadership and tenacity.”

Stay up to date with the latest The Leap 100 news on Twitter #theleap100.

13 Apr 2017
cooking with coffee advert

Cooking with Coffee

Who knew that you can make coffee-flavoured burgers?!

We’ve teamed up with Cru Kafe and some amazing chefs to produce our brand new coffee-inspired cookbook, featuring a range of recipes taking you from breakfast to lunch, and from dinner to drinks and dessert.

Enjoy, and be sure to Tweet us to let us know how you get on!