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    Gluten-free Flour from Coffee Bean Waste?

    Celiac.com 07/30/2014 - Seattle resident and former Starbucks employee Dan Belliveau has launched what might be the perfect startup for a city steeped in coffee culture.

    Image: Wikimedia Commons--arabica-kohlerBelliveau’s, working with the company, Coffee Flour, has developed a way to mill the cherry pulp waste into a gluten-free, protein-rich flour. The process involves taking the cherry pulp that remains when coffee factories separate the fruit from the bean, and milling the pulp into a gluten-free flour.

    Belliveau was working as a local supply chain consultant when he hit upon the idea of using the coffee bean waste to make gluten-free flour. He has since teamed with another former Starbucks employee, Ken Poppe, now the U.S. country head for the Invention Development Fund (IDF) at Intellectual Ventures. Poppe helped Belliveau to raise the capital to turn his idea into a business reality.

    "That's where IV started to take an active role in terms of doing lab analytics and creating a patent strategy so he's protected," Poppe said.

    What do you think? Would you try gluten-free flour made from the husks of coffee beans?


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    While my answer is yes! But as a coffee enthusiast, part-time barista trainer, and a coffee & tea blender, I would be MORE interested in tasting other, more traditional food/beverage made with the fruit of the coffee tree--not just the seeds of the fruit!

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    Why not? We have flour now from the most unusual things - so why not this?

     

    And we have coffee from beans that Civet Cats have eaten - so why not try this!

     

    I'm all for it!

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    Jefferson Adams earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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