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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.

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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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sc'Que?
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04 Aug 2014 5:37:19 AM PST
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!

 
Carrie
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05 Aug 2014 3:57:08 AM PST
So what are the nutritional facts to this new flour? Just because it is gluten-free does not mean it is healthy to eat.

 
CAN2
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05 Aug 2014 8:27:29 AM PST
Yes I would try flour made this way. Hopefully it's cheaper than other GF flours.

 
Gillian
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05 Aug 2014 10:15:31 AM PST
No if the coffee plants have been treated with pesticides! Also what chemicals have been used while making the flour?

 
Aims
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05 Aug 2014 5:34:29 PM PST
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!

 
Molly
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06 Aug 2014 10:14:54 AM PST
Sounds like it'd be great in chocolatey recipes! Yum.

 
john j acres
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09 Aug 2014 5:41:39 PM PST
This is worth a try, it would be cheap in America but here in Australia 3 times the price.




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