CAUTION - Free Compostable Coffee
- Subject: [cg] CAUTION - Free Compostable Coffee
- From: "John Verin" jverin@Pennhort.org
- Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 17:31:56 -0500
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- Thread-topic: [cg] Free Compostable Coffee Grounds from Starbucks
I have just read
that when plants are sprayed with chemicals, most of the absorbed chemical goes
into the seeds.
So, if you're
drinking non-organically grown coffee, guess what? And if you're composting with
non-organically grown coffee, unless you already drank the agro-chemicals, you
are adding them to your garden.
etc, can be contested, but none the less....
Be very wary and
very conscious about what you are putting in your garden, and choose
And it's not
necessarily more expensive. Starbucks brand coffee is negotiably cheaper than
most organically grown brands.
Again, the best
way to generate compost materials is to grow them yourself. There is much less
effort this way, and you know the materials are clean. E.g. corn is a great
source of carbon. Harvest your sweet or flour corn, and leave the stalks to go
brown in the ground. This will exponentially increase the lignon content of the
stalks, which is a key part of making good compost, thus soil
You can learn
more about growing your own compost from the book, "How To Grow More
Citywide Project Coordinator - Philadelphia Green
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I was just talking to a
P-Patch community gardener from Seattle who says that his local Starbucks
makes coffee grounds available in large quantities gratis to local gardeners
at his local outlet. According to my buddy, "In Seattle, they have 5lb.bags
ready to go at my local store every day. The local gardeners keep the
special wicker basket from overflowing, it is hard to get more than 2-3 bags
at a time."
don't often indulge myself in pricey cups of coffee, but I have to tell you,
to get a cupon the run as good as I grind and brew at home is pretty
tempting at times instead of the usual "mud in a cup." Again, according
to this guy, "They make a great mulch and green for hot compost."
it's worth stopping by your local Starbucks, buying a cup of coffee and
telling the manager that you were just in Seattle and saw that a few of the
stores there put bagged coffee grounds around for local gardeners....Say it's
a Corporate Social Responsibility type thing, and they have to pay to have it
carted away anyhow....
A thought for a snowy