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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 11, No. 7, 2014, pp. 1881-1896
Bioline Code: st14184
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 11, No. 7, 2014, pp. 1881-1896

 en Experimental evaluation of anaerobic digestion for coffee wastewater treatment and its biomethane recovery potential
Beyene, A.; Yemane, D.; Addis, T.; Assayie, A.A. & Triest, L.


The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of anaerobic digestion (AD) as an ecofriendly technology for coffee wastewater (CWW) management. First, we have characterized the CWW and found that it is suitable for microbial degradation with pH adjustment. Then, we designed a simple anaerobic batch reactor (ABR) and evaluated its potential for energy yield and efficiency to remove pollutants. The experiment was carried out by operating the anaerobic digestion (AD) for 70 days. The ABR was found to be efficient for the removal of organic load (90 %), nutrients (82 %) and suspended solids (95 %) from coffee processing waste. The increased removal efficiency of pollutants was dependent on the hydraulic retention time of the system. We also estimated that the coffee waste has a potential to produce a theoretical energy yield of 4–10 million KJ/day and an organic fertilizer (digestate) of 18.8–25.2 kg VSS/day. As a result, the AD would be a more sensible consideration as an eco-friendly treatment option for the coffee waste. The use of AD for CWW treatment not only reduces emission of greenhouse gases to the environment but also circumvents the rising demand for fuel wood and charcoal that causes a severe deforestation in the coffee growing regions of the world.

Anaerobic digestion; Biogas potential; Coffee wastewater; Organic fertilizer

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