BeKoffee

BeKoffee is a project that aims to take advantage of spent coffee grounds to produce composite materials, by converting them into decorative items. In this context, by using polymer composites with spent coffee grounds, handmade jewellery articles have been developed, which have their own design inspired by nature and human activity. Other materials are also used, such as leather yarns, cotton, locks and metal beads.

With these products we intend to add a new application for spent coffee grounds, contributing positively to the circular economy and adding new products to coffee connoisseurs.

Mission

Developing and producing pieces of decoration and jewellery / bijouterie from spent coffee grounds, merging, in an aesthetic relation the technology, the culture and the aroma of coffee.

Contributing positively to the circular economy by adding new applications for spent coffee grounds and new products for coffee connoisseurs.

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To be a reference in the production of articles of decoration and jewellery / bijouterie produced with composites of spent coffee grounds, combining in an aesthetic relation of author, the new materials the technology and the culture.

The Coffee 

Coffee is one of the most valuable agricultural products in world trade. Its planting, processing, marketing, distribution and sale, create jobs for millions of people worldwide. This highly aromatic grain is a constant presence of the current day-to-day life.

Coffee is the beverage obtained from the decoction of roasted coffee beans ground into water. It is one of the most consumed drinks in the world and is a fundamental part of our culture. About 3.5 billion cups of coffee are consumed per day around the world.

The coffee was discovered about 1,000 years ago in the region today known as Ethiopia. The first shipment of coffee was sent to Europe around 1615. Since the mid-17th century cafés have been opened in all major European cities, making it a social and cultural meeting place for people from all walks of life, even to this day.

Approximately 8 billion tons of coffee grounds are produced annually, most of which are discarded as organic waste and sent to landfill.

Our inspiration is based on the taste for coffee and the desire to create a new approach to the recovery of the residues obtained from its use. Transform a residue, which carries aroma and colour, into a new material that can be used to create unique and sentimental pieces.

Curiosities

The best-known story about the discovery of coffee bestows the discovery of the properties of coffee to a prior of a Christian monastery. A goat herder who lived near the monastery, named Kaldi, realized that the animals, having ingested "a certain plant", were in great agitation reducing the period of sleep. The prior was informed of the fact and made sure of the same using the grains of this plant to make a decoction that served to his monks, who, thanks to him, became more awake during the night religious services.

Coffee is an integral part of world culture and there are many social aspects to drinking coffee. From the "coffee break", this offers a time of rest and welcome at work, or an occasion for friends and family to coexist.

Coffee is grown in about 70 countries, being Brazil the world's largest coffee producer, with 40% of the total. Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, accounting for 16% of the global production.

Europe has the highest per capita coffee consumption in the world. Considering only the European Union, 2.5 million tonnes of coffee are consumed per year, equivalent to 4 kg of roasted coffee per inhabitant per year.

Ethiopia is Africa's largest coffee producer. The 1.2 million small farmers in Ethiopia contribute more than 90% of the production.

Coffee is appreciated worldwide and is one of the most researched components of the diet. Overall, studies indicate that prudent coffee consumption can be part of a healthy and balanced diet for the general adult population and can confer health benefits.

References:

www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/grounds-sustainability-coffee-energy-fuel-pollution

www.mastercomposter.com/survey/coffeesummary.html

www.ico.org/

www.deltacafes.pt/pt/o-cafe/historia

www.clubecafe.net.br/historia-cafe

www.newcoffee.pt/en/coffee-world/coffee-history/

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