Coffee Grounds

Bean There Coffee Company will be recycling their used grinds instead of discarding them. Donating them to a cause that is bettering informal food gardens!


Calling all coffee lovers! Bean There Coffee Company is using June, the month dedicated to environmentalism, to give back and change the way they recycle.

Fans of the local roastery can opt to put their green fingers to the test and take their ground beans home with them to use as fertiliser, or alternatively donate the beans back to Bean There, who will then distribute them to local organic farmers – Soil For Life a non profit in Cape Town, that helps people learn to grow healthy, organic food.

Soil For Life works with people in informal settlements to better their home grown vegetables and fruits. They train them in how to better the soil and work organically.

“Between 2009 and 2016 we trained 3 930 gardeners in 16 low-income areas of Cape Town including Delft, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Steenberg.”

“Their tiny, green oases are helping feed families and, for some, to generate an income. The benefits are numerous on many levels – for the individuals we train, their families, their communities and the planet.” – Soil For Life

Bean There believes in being a fully ethical company, they only source their beans from small-hold African farms, they make use of 100% compostable takeaway cups and donate all coffee sacks to recycling projects.

“In order to protect the planet, we need to start thinking sustainably. Putting your grounds to good use in your garden is a practical waste solution and it’s an easy way to give back to the earth too” says Jonathan Robinson, founder of Bean There Coffee Company

Bean There shared some of tips on what your coffee grounds can do for you!

How your garden (and the environment) can benefit from a cup of liquid gold:

  • Put coffee grounds in your compost bin – they are a valuable source of nitrogen.
  • Keep the slugs and snails away – by scattering grounds around your garden, the caffeine in the grinds acts as a natural deterrent for pests.
  • Make your own mulch – add thin layers of ground coffee to your flowerbeds to help retain moisture, keep the soil cool and suppress weeds.
  • Make coffee ground “tea” – add two cups of used coffee grounds to a bucket of water. Let the “tea” steep for a few hours or overnight. You can use this concoction as a liquid fertiliser for garden and container plants, it also makes a great foliar feed.
  • Worms love coffee grounds – add some to your worm bin every week or so. Just don’t add too many at once, because the acidity could bother your worms, a cup or so of grounds per week for a small worm bin is perfect.

“Besides empowering people and fighting exploitation, we want to take care of the environment too – you can’t have human well-being if you ignore the planet,” – Jonathan Robinson

Sources: Press Release
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