Dianne Mitchell + Julia Porter, bio-bean®

March 19th, 2018 · 28 mins 46 secs

About this Episode

Founded in 2013, bio-bean® is the first company in the world to industrialize the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. In the UK alone, they produces 500,000 tons of waste coffee grounds every year. Like most of our trash in landfills, organic material breaks down and creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Coffee, rich in oil, makes a source of energy that burns clean and hot, perfect for cold countries with wood burning stoves like the UK.

Julia Porter, National Supply Chain Manager, and Dianne Mitchell, Engineering Director, at bio-bean chat to us about their processes, challenges, and tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle. There are some funny stories and jokes, but bio-bean, with plans to expand into extracting oil from coffee waste at a commercial scale, has some serious solutions to ending our global dependence on fossil fuels.


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