What: Pectcof
Who: Andres Belalcazar and Rudi Dieleman
Where: Wageningen
Since: 2011
Source: Pectcof

Coffee pulp biomass

Pectcof technology unlocks the potential of the coffee pulp as a source of biobased materials, at the same time detoxifying the waste stream produced by the second most traded commodity in the world.


With the production of coffee, coffee pulp is produced. Regardless of the source (wet or dry processing), by-products and waste products are often problematic. For example, pulp and mucilage are relatively acidic, corrosive to equipment, and difficult to safely dispose.

Coffee pulp represents 45% of the total weight of the coffee cherry. The pulp biomass is rich in carbohydrates, polyphenols and caffeine. Because the high contents of organic acids, cathechins, and tannins, the coffee pulp and process water pose a serious environmental problem in the regions where production takes place.


Pectcof technology consists of a biorefinery approach in which we make use of green chemistry and state of the art biotechnology. The process steps consist of collection and preservation of coffee pulp at the country of production, shipment to the Netherlands, separation and purification of the products, and commercialisation of the these products in their perspective markets.

Pectcof’s cradle to cradle concept not only adds value to the waste stream of coffee, but will assure sustainability in the coffee supply chain.