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Giving new life to waste is the motto of the new project that brings together INEGI and BICAFÉ

07 September 2021
With the specialized support of INEGI, BICAFÉ is developing a new beverage enriched with caffeine derived from silverskin, using by-products obtained from the roasting of the coffee beans. To reduce production costs, and at the same time to avoid the waste of resources, is the objective of the initiative.

Silverskin is a by-product of coffee production, usually discarded for common recycling. To give value to this resource, "this linear process will be transformed into a circular process. The waste is no longer so, and becomes a raw material for another product", explains António Baptista, responsible for the project at INEGI.

To make this possible, the coffee roasting and marketing company has INEGI's support to collaborate in the development of the product and related production systems, through preliminary studies, technical specifications, development, construction of prototypes and validation tests.

The Institute is in charge of the process of obtaining the caffeine extracts from silverskin, using ultrasound technology, and the creation of the caffeine mixing and dosing system in the new capsules.

For António Baptista, "the valorization of agri-food by-products is a necessity from an environmental and sustainability point of view, but, more than that, it is also an opportunity to create new products with added value".

The drink to be produced is intended to be a healthy alternative to energy drinks with and without caffeine already on the market, and with this commitment, BICAFÉ will be able to position itself in a differentiating way in this sector.

The ‘U2SCoffee’ project, a co-promotion led by BICAFÉ, is co-financed by Portugal 2020, through the European Regional Development Fund. It also counts for the participation of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Institute of Agricultural and Agro-Food Sciences and Technologies of the University of Porto, and the Center for the Valorization of Waste of the University of Minho. 
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