As a black soldier fly (BSFL) farm dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, we collaborate with local coffee growers in Mexico to enhance soil fertility using organic fertilizer derived from BSFL frass.

This partnership not only improves coffee quality but also maximizes the benefits of coffee berry, a byproduct often considered waste but rich in nutritional value.

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF): BDNF is a crucial protein for the development, survival, and plasticity of neurons. It plays a significant role in long-term memory and is found in the brain and periphery. Its functions include:

  • Neurogenesis: Supports the growth and differentiation of new neurons.
  • Synaptic Plasticity: Aids in the formation and remodeling of synapses, essential for learning and memory.
  • Survival of Neurons: Promotes the survival of existing neurons by influencing signaling pathways that prevent cell death.
  • Regeneration: May support the regeneration of neurons after injury.

Potential Impact of Coffee Berry on BDNF: Preliminary research suggests that the polyphenols in coffee berry may enhance brain health by increasing BDNF levels. This increase could be linked to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of these compounds, potentially improving neuroprotection and neuroplasticity.

Studies have shown that coffee fruit extract significantly increases plasma BDNF levels. However, more extensive clinical studies are needed to confirm these effects and determine their practical cognitive benefits.

Processing Coffee Berry: Polyphenols are found in the skin, pulp, and mucilage of the coffee berry, with the skin being particularly rich in these compounds. We support the production of coffee berry extracts and juices using drying and extraction methods that preserve these valuable nutrients.

Organic Fertilizer with BSFL: BSFL frass is an excellent organic fertilizer that improves soil health and coffee plant quality.

This nutrient-rich fertilizer promotes robust and sustainable plant growth, ensuring a high-quality harvest.

By using BSFL-derived organic fertilizer, we enhance the sustainability of coffee cultivation and turn byproducts like coffee berry into valuable ingredients for healthy foods and beverages, such as protein bars and juices.

In conclusion, coffee berry, often considered a byproduct of coffee production, holds significant nutritional value that can be harnessed in food and supplements.

Together with sustainable agricultural practices, like using BSFL organic fertilizers, we can promote both human and environmental health.