- Problem: Waste (as a resource)
- Article Takeaways:
- Kaffe Bueno is a Copenhagen-based company specializing in the recycling and combining of used coffee grounds with biotechnology.
- When used for brewing coffee, under 1% of beneficial compounds found in coffee beans, including polyphenols, cellulose, hemicellulose, lipids, tocopherols, are extracted – leaving 99% disposed.
- They plan on extracting the antioxidant-rich coffee arabica seed oil to be used as an active ingredient in cosmetics.
- Article Source: Kaffe Bueno Brews Up Skin Care Benefits with Recycled Coffee Oil (gcimagazine.com)
- The company has just joined the Yield Lab Europe which recently secured a $61m investment for its sustainable agrifoodtech fund. Other companies in the Yield Lab include: ApisProtect, Equimetrics, MicroGen Biotech, Micron Agritech, N2 Applied, and RootWave.
- Article Source: The Yield Lab Europe secures $61m for sustainable agrifoodtech fund (agfundernews.com)
3. Organizational Stakeholders:
- Hotel chains
- Personal care, nutraceuticals, and food/beverage companies
- Partner collectors
- Coffee suppliers
- Enlist company to perform in-vitro tests to determine the efficacy of Recycled Coffee Oil. (Tests determined a variety of benefits, including anti-aging, anti-cellulite, sun care, moisturizing, wound healing and skin whitening.)
- Determine which Danish hotel chains or other office/commercial partners to collaborate with to take the spent coffee grounds from guests and upcycle them back in personal care products in the hotels/offices.
- Scale-up production to meet current demand from food makers in the Nordics and Western Europe.