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DIF on AIR Kaffe Bueno: Unlocking Coffee's Health Potential

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  • Alejandro Franco, Camilo Fernandez, Juan Medina

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This session is part of DIF x CE100 Startup Day. A day devoted to showcasing startups and their role in disrupting the market and enabling a shift towards a circular economy.

Coffee is an ubiquitous beverage, consumed in huge quantities in households and offices across the globe. But what happens to the used grounds after we've enjoyed our drink? More often than not, they are thrown in the bin.

Kaffe Bueno is an award winning startup transforming perceptions about what is possible with coffee waste. Using biotechnology innovation, they transform used grounds into valuable and vital ingredients for cosmetics, nutraceuticals and even functional foods.

How do they do it? Join this session to find out.


Speakers

Alejandro Franco

Alejandro Franco

Co-Founder

The three founders of Kaffe Bueno grew up in Colombia, hence their close relation to the coffee industry and the people and nature behind it.Passionate about changing people's perception of coffee, from looking at it as a tool to stay awake, to look at it as a tool to improve humans and nature's health. How? By valorising what has been historically treated as waste, spent coffee grounds; and make people realise this is actually a resource.

He has an international business background, specialised in global management and marketing. He worked in the British & Colombian Chamber of Commerce in London, building working agendas between public and private sector entities from UK and LatAm. In Kaffe Bueno, he's the commercial guy, with a deep understanding of the different markets Kaffe Bueno taps into; personal care, nutraceuticals and functional foods.

Camilo Fernandez

Camilo Fernandez

Co-Founder

Camilo also has an international business background, specialised in finance and accounting. He also worked with Alejandro in the British & Colombian Chamber of Commerce, on the finance side. In Kaffe Bueno, he's the finance guy, making sure all operations are cost-efficient, forecasts accurate, and guaranteeing sustainability throughout our supply chain.

Juan Medina

Juan Medina

Co-Founder

Juan also has an international business background, specialised in finance and accounting (the three founders did their bachelors together, that's where it all started). He worked as an analyst in strategy consultancy in London. In Kaffe Bueno, he's the innovation guy, continuously researching and looking into the different ways bioactive compounds inside coffee's waste can be used for health purposes.

Host

Anna Queralt

Anna Queralt

Intern, Design Team

Anna’s role at the foundation is assisting the Circular Design team, whose mission is to support the creators and shapers of products, services and systems for the circular economy. Anna grew up in Barcelona, Spain where she studied Building Engineering at UPC and worked as building services engineer. In 2015, she moved to Copenhagen and graduated of the MSc of Engineering in Sustainable Cities at Aalborg University where she got passionate about the power of the Circular Economy as a framework to shape the development of urban areas. In her third semester she moved to Brussels and worked at the Zero Waste Europe, where learnt about EU structure of institutions and policies.

Anna’s got high interest in social and environmental entrepreneurship and has been selected to participate in international programs such as Climate KIC, UNLEASH Lab and Future Entrepreneurs of Denmark.

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