RE: CAUTION - Free Compostable Coffee
- Subject: RE: [cg] CAUTION - Free Compostable Coffee
- From: "Honigman, Adam" Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com
- Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 17:45:43 -0500
While you have a point. I ain't
as pure as you, and use horse manure from our local commercial stables, orange
peels and veggie garbage from local stores and our homes. And, in NYC, we
breathe in so much carbon monoxide from the traffic, keeping pure is really
Now, I do have issues with
heavily sprayed leaves but hey, I ain't gonna live forever and neither are you.
And after the coffee grinds have had boiling water run through them, the
pollutants, if you call it that, are negligable.
However, if you want to be
clean, as many of my very more organic than thou friends say, then get your
compostables from the local health food store - but those guys will probably
Also, alot of the Starbucks
sell and brew organic coffee. If alot of your friends buy the stuff, then I'm
sure a store manager will put an organic bag aside for
An imperfect man in an
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