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Re: Coffee Chaff

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Coffee Chaff
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 13:26:36 EDT


Seattle, WA gardeners have been using burlap and coffee grounds in that 
highly caffeinated city for a long time.  I don't know their experience with 
coffee chaff, but off the top of my head, if one balanced the PH levels in 
the soil and used enough of this good thing (and not too much) I really can't 
see how this would not be beneficial. 

The list's expert in using coffee by-products in the garden is a fine Seattle 
Washington community gardener name Ray Schutte, whose day job is at the 
Starbuck's company. Unsuprisingly, we've not seen much of him on this list of 
late,  maybe because of the thorough ( and to my mind largely unjustified) 
trashing his employer got on this listserve.  Incidentally, Starbucks ( of 
which I do not own stuck) also sells organic and fair trade coffees.  

But Ray is the man I hope responds, because he understands both coffee 
by-products, and is a fine and dedicated community gardener.  

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman 

<< Subj:      [cg] Coffee Chaff
 Date:  5/5/03 12:06:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 From:  czoll@greeninstitute.org (Corrie Zoll)
 Sender:    community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
 To:    community_garden@mallorn.com
 I am wondering if any of you have experience with using coffee chaff as
 mulch in your gardens.
 A fair trade organic coffee roaster (www.peacecoffee.com) just moved
 into my office building and I have access to an ongoing supply of burlap
 and coffee chaff. 
 I have been spreading the word about the chaff and burlap among
 community gardeners.  Gardeners are interested, but are wary of putting
 coffee chaff in their gardens without knowing what affect it will have.
 Any experiences you can share would be helpful.  I'll take creative
 suggestions for using burlap as well.
 Corrie Zoll
 Minneapolis >>

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