The journey of a cup of organic coffee begins with a single cherry that’s harvested, processed, dried and eventually roasted for you to enjoy at home. However, once the coffee is brewed and your mug is empty, the life cycle doesn’t have to end there! Used coffee grounds have a variety of uses, from compost to fertilizer, and even coffee scrubs. Save your used coffee grounds and filter and give them new life through composting.
Composting with Organic Coffee
Step 1: What Can You Compost?
Items for composting can be categorized into two groups: browns and greens. Browns will include leaves and other natural items you find around your yard for composting. Greens will include items you product yourself, including fruit peels and other food leftovers from the kitchen.
Step 2: Add Coffee Grounds
After you’ve added your leftover food scraps and browns to the bin, add your used coffee grounds on the top. Note: You can even include used coffee filters! The coffee grounds will boost nitrogen levels to help bacteria breakdown food and other items into compost. This way your composting efforts will become more effective and your leftover coffee grounds will stay out of the landfills.
Give the bin a shake so the items disperse and set the bin outside for a few days to begin decomposing.
Step 3: Use Compost for Gardening
Once the compost develops a more dirt-like consistency, you can begin using it for gardening and fertilizer. This mixture will serve as the perfect base for a vegetable or flower garden.
Add used coffee grounds directly as a fertilizer for acid-loving plants, such as roses, hydrangeas, and Camilla’s. Simply pack the grounds near the base of the plants for extra nourishment.
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- 3⁄4 cup coarsely ground Chameleon Cold-Brew Whole Bean Coffee
- 1.5 cups Epsom salt
- 3⁄4 cup Unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (or couple drops of essential oil)
- jar and spoon
- Combine Epsom salt and coffee in a bowl.
- Add your unrefined coconut oil to the salt and coffee mixture, and stir together.
- Finally, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (or a few drops of essential oil) and stir well.
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