Startup Wants to Replace Palm Oil with Coffee Grounds


Editorial Policy

Published on

Last updated on

Photo: Revive Eco

[R]evive Eco was founded by two Scottish baristas who were upset by the mountains of coffee grounds they witnessed being tossed into landfills. Founders Scott Kennedy and Fergus Moore decided to turn that trash into treasure and formed Revive Eco, which extracts and purifies oils from used coffee grounds. The resulting product can be used in a variety of commercial applications, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, and household items.

Revive Eco Co-founders Scott Kennedy (left) and Fergus Moore.

In addition to diverting thousands of pounds of coffee from ending up in landfills, the venture could have a major impact on reducing rainforest deforestation. Palm oil, which is the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet, is a major factor in deforestation around the globe. In some regions of Indonesia and Malaysia, palm farming has been responsible for 50% of deforestation.

Kennedy and Moore have secured £235,000 ($303,900) in funding from the Zero Waste Scotland agency and are aiming for more. Revive Eco has been selected to represent Scotland and Northern Ireland in the Chivas Venture competition, where they’ll be competing for a portion of the £776,000 ($1,003,523) in prize money. The founders hope to use their winnings to open a processing plant in Glasgow and eventually franchise into different countries around the world.

Share This Article

Fresh Cup Staff

Join 7,000+ coffee pros and get top stories, deals, and other industry goodies in your inbox each week.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Other Articles You May Like

What’s the Deal with Mushroom Coffee?

Many brands are launching new products pairing mushrooms and coffee. A look at science and history reveals what’s driving this pairing.
by Leah Bowman | September 20, 2023

What You Need to Know About Barista Certification Programs 

Barista certification programs promise to teach learners new skills and can help with career advancement. But do they fulfill that promise? 
by Valorie Clark | July 21, 2023

The Cup In Hand: How Shape and Design Affect Coffee Drinking

The shape, weight, and feel of a cup can have a significant impact on the way you experience the flavor of coffee.
by Mikey Rinaldo | March 22, 2023

The Challenges of Coffee Certifications Go Beyond The Retail Shelf

Coffee certifications can be a valuable tool for farmers and roasters—but can be cost-prohibitive and difficult to navigate. We explore the benefits and challenges of certification programs before a coffee ever reaches the shelf.
by Anne Mercer | February 24, 2023