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 Kaffe Bueno Inaugurates The World's First Coffee Biorefinery


The founders of Kaffe Bueno cut the ribbon and open the world's first biorefinery.
The three founders of Kaffe Bueno cut the ribbon and with it open the world's first coffee biorefinery. Photo by: Blank Space Studio

Kaffe Bueno has marked a significant milestone in sustainable innovation with the inauguration of the world’s first coffee biorefinery in Rødovre, Denmark, last Friday 29th of September 2023. This pivotal moment signifies a major step in the company’s journey towards unlocking the latent potential of coffee.


Since launching in 2016, Kaffe Bueno has dedicated itself to converting coffee by-products into viable, sustainable resources, with a targeted aim to diminish the significant CO2 emissions derived from brewing 3 billion cups of coffee daily across the globe. In addition, the company is steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the ecological footprint of daily personal care and health-centric products for both humans and animals, by substituting unsustainable petrochemical and synthetic components with their naturally derived, upcycled, and high-performing alternatives.


Kaffe Bueno manufactures active and functional ingredients for personal care, human nutrition, animal health, and soil and crop health. All of its ingredients are derived from the compounds naturally found in coffee by-products, which they isolate using green technological innovations.


With the generous support of a 2.5 million euro grant from the European Innovation Council, aimed at nurturing groundbreaking innovations, Kaffe Bueno has established the coffee biorefinery. Initially, the facility will have the capacity to upcycle 500 tonnes of coffee grounds annually.


The CEO of Kaffe Bueno, Juan Medina adds “We've always believed in the transformative power of coffee. This biorefinery is a testament to that belief and a reflection of the efficacy and importance of the circular economy. We're celebrating a brighter, sustainable future for all.”


Alejandro Franco, co-founder and CCO of Kaffe Bueno, shares, “Every ingredient we develop and produce at Kaffe Bueno is aimed at serving as a multifunctional replacement for one or more ingredients within a product. This translates into cleaner high-performing products for the consumer and measurable reductions in scope 3 emissions for manufacturers.”


“We can expand the capacity to 1,500 tons at the Rødovre refinery, but the plans are much bigger. This is just the beginning. Our goal is to leverage the high availability of coffee by-products worldwide to continuously reduce transport emissions and costs for all stakeholders. Therefore, this is just the first of many biorefineries to come,” says Camilo Fernandez, co-founder and CFO of Kaffe Bueno.


Kaffe Bueno was delighted to host investors, industry leaders, partners, and media representatives at the opening, offering a tour of the state-of-the-art facility, insights into innovative processes, and a glimpse into the future of sustainable bioscience.


For more information about Kaffe Bueno and the world's first coffee biorefinery, please visit their website.


About Kaffe Bueno


Kaffe Bueno is a Danish bioscience company, dedicated to upcycling coffee by-products into sustainable resources across various industries. Rooted in innovation, sustainability, and the power of coffee, Kaffe Bueno stands at the forefront of bioscientific advancements, driving positive change for both industries and the planet.



Team photo of Kaffe Bueno employees.
The Kaffe Bueno team. Photo by: Lali Kövesdi

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