Canadian Biomass Magazine

Real torrefaction? Pellets from coffee grinds

February 14, 2014
By Scott Jamieson

February 14, 2014, London - With a local pellet market developing in the order of 14 million tonnes, some UK entrepreneurs are giving new meaning to the java jolt.

According to an article in The Guardian, using waste coffee
grounds to make biomass pellets and biodiesel occurred to Arthur Kay
when he was studying architecture at UCL in 2012. Tasked with looking at
closed loop waste-to-energy systems for buildings, he happened to
choose a coffee shop. But when he discovered the oil content in coffee
and the sheer amount of waste produced – 200,000 tonnes a year in London
alone – he gave up on architecture and set about forming a company
called Bio-bean.

is now one of 2014's "London Leaders" – Boris Johnson's scheme to
promote green entrepreneurship. He has been on Johnson's radar since
2012. Read more here.

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