Starbucks In Our Garden: Coffee Two Ways

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

I hope you guys are having a restful holiday.
I have to admit, something kind of irked me this week.
I’m pretty active in gardening communities on social media outlets – primarily on Google + (look me up -Eugin Kim).
On one of the communities, somebody called me a ‘cube dweller’. Sticks and stones; I know, I know. But, man, that really sucked!
I love gardening, I love the fresh air, I love green leaves; but my new office doesn’t even have a window!!
Granted, the new building is much nicer and more spacious.
That is, except for my sun-less little office.

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Some facilities even have a dedicated spent coffee ground drop off point so you don’t have to come in to ask all the time!

Amy and I work together but she works across the building.
Amy’s new space has a window and I am so jealous!
We work the grind, 7:30-4:40 every day.
It really is a fast paced industry that we work in and daily Starbucks trips are a mandate in our office.
4 shot Americano on ice with a splash of caramel please. Yup. I’m one of those people.

Today, Amy and I noticed a sign on our local Starbucks’ bulletin board. Starbucks actually encourages their customers to ask for their spent coffee grounds.
I was a bit wary of this at first because I didn’t want to trouble the baristas. Especially without a bucket.
But no, they were so nice about it!
They even double bagged and tied up all the coffee grounds they had on hand. They gave me about 30 pounds right on the spot!

Our container garden is bountiful, but it really is not that large. One 30 pound bag of spent coffee grounds will go a long way in this household.
Spent coffee grounds are a wonder-worker in gardens. Some of the biggest reasons are:

  • Coffee grounds are about 10% Nitrogen (from what I have read) and function wonderfully as a side dressing
  • With a large quantity, coffee grounds can be used as an organic mulch
  • It can be used as a natural slug repellent ( I will report my findings on this!)
  • If used as a mulch, the coffee grinds can help prevent weed or fungal invasions
  • My personal favorite: vermi/compost brown material!

So, what did we do with our coffee grounds today?
We spread them over our nitrogen hungry herb pallet garden.
We mounded coffee grounds over our tomato container.
Azaleas are acid loving so we put plenty of grounds in there.
And we gave about 40% to our vermicompost bin and everybody is happy!

So next time you’re at Starbucks getting your java fix, try asking them for some coffee grounds! I’m sure they would be happy to help.
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