Semi-continuous extraction/hydrolysis of spent coffee grounds with subcritical water

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Spent coffee grounds (SCG) were treated with subcritical water (SBW) in a semi-continuous reactor at different temperatures, pressures, and water flowrates. Yields of carbohydrates and phenolics reached 33.7 g and 4 g per 100 g-dry SCG, respectively, at 200 ºC, 70 bar and 10 mL/min. Liquors collected at the beginning of assays were richer in phenolics and poorer in carbohydrates, whose yield increased sharply when temperature reached 150 ºC. Most carbohydrates were recovered as oligosaccharides, and practically all cellulose remained in the SCG recovered at the end of assays. Extracts exhibited DPPH antioxidant capacity and antibacterial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-456
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2019


  • Carbohydrates
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Semi-continuous reactor
  • Spent coffee grounds
  • Subcritical water


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