Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 10, Issue 9, pp 2703–2712 | Cite as

Physicochemical Characterization of Robusta Spent Coffee Ground Oil for Biodiesel Manufacturing

  • Chi-Hien Dang
  • Thanh-Danh NguyenEmail author
Original Paper


Oil extracted from spent coffee ground (SCG) has been well known as a potential feedstock for high quality biodiesel production. This work was to investigate extraction, physical and chemical characterizations of Robusta coffee oil (CO) and its application for biodiesel production. Analysis of seven coffee ground (CG) samples showed that oil content in CGs depended on technique of the manufacturer. Morphological changes of CGs surface were recorded by FESEM technique which showed the particle size significantly increased with the oil loss. Infrared spectroscopies revealed absence of SCG oil in the de-oiled SCG, confirmed that soxhlet method in hexane was used efficiently for the oil extraction. Thermal properties of SCG oil, fresh coffee ground (FCG), SCG and de-oiled SCG samples were investigated by simultaneous TG–DTA measurement. The obtained data showed the oil content relating to thermal changes of SCG samples. Comparison between chemical components of Robusta coffee bean (RCB) and SCG reflected a fact that most of oil content in the SCG could be originated in manufacturing process of FCG. Quality biodiesel product has prepared from SCG oils via a two-step process. After pre-treatment process, transesterification of SCG oils was carried out with methanol (v/v, 30%) and NaOH (w/v, 1%) in yield 89.2%.

Graphical Abstract


Robusta Spent coffee ground Oil Physicochemical properties Biodiesel Feedstock 



Spent coffee ground


Coffee oil


Robusta coffee bean


Fresh coffee ground




Differential thermal analysis


Fatty acid


Free fatty acid


Fatty acid methyl ester


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate University of Science and Technology, Vietnam Academy of Science and TechnologyHanoiVietnam
  2. 2.Institute of Research and DevelopmentDuy Tan UniversityDa Nang CityVietnam
  3. 3.Institute of Chemical TechnologyVietnam Academy of Science and TechnologyHo Chi Minh CityVietnam

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