Our Used Grounds Are Up for Grabs
Next time you stop into one of our Coffee Houses take home used coffee grounds for your garden.
Here are some tips for how to use the grounds, and some of the environmental benefits of the program:
IT UPCYCLES OUR COFFEE BAGS
By refilling our coffee bags with dry coffee grounds we’re doing our best to keep them out of the landfill.
IT CLOSES THE LOOP ON A COFFEE’S CARBON FOOTPRINT
Nearly one quarter (24%) of a coffee’s carbon footprint (based on a 400g bag) in the lifecycle is generated by the disposal of coffee and coffee grounds. By repurposing our used grounds we’re helping to close the loop on a coffee’s carbon footprint.
TIP #1 – ADD THE COFFEE GROUNDS TO YOUR COMPOST
Coffee grounds help speed up the decomposition process and add trace minerals, like calcium, that may not otherwise be present in your pile.
TIP #2 – USED GROUNDS ARE A GREAT FERTILIZER
Sometimes our gardens need a lift. Used coffee grounds are full of nutrients like nitrogen, calcium and magnesium, which are great, all-natural, environmentally-friendly fertilizers.
TIP #3 – KEEP PESTS OUT OF YOUR GARDEN
Put used coffee grounds around the perimeter of your garden (or potted plants) to help keep cats, slugs and ants away.
TIP #4 – FUEL FOR YOUR EARTHWORMS
For earthworms this stuff is about as good as it gets.
TIP #5 – DEODORIZE THE ALL-NATURAL WAY
Rub a small amount of dry coffee grounds between your hands to get rid of food prep smells left by onions and garlic. Or, place dry coffee grounds in a bowl to deodorize your fridge or freezer.
TIP #6 – MASK SCRATCHES ON DARK LEATHER FURNITURE
Steep the coffee grounds in warm water (a French Press is perfect for this) and dab a bit of the coffee-infused liquid onto wood or dark leather furniture to help conceal scuff marks and scratches.
TIP #7 – SCRUB YOUR TUB
Used coffee grounds are slightly abrasive and work well as an earth-friendly, biodegradable cleaning agent. When it comes to tackling bathtub, sink and stovetop grease and grime used coffee grounds work like a charm.
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