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    Hi everryone! Are there any uses for used coffee grounds? Ive noticed some Starbucks stores pack them into 2 kilo bags and whoever wants them can take them home. They say its good for garden plants. Are there any more uses for them?

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    I saw an article on ABC about using them for making water filters from easily obtainable materials in 3rd world countries.

    story here

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    Someone needs to find a critter that will inject them with an excretion that turns them rock hard. We could all get rich building houses out of them then and make a killing in the real estate market! :)

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    Or you could turn them into car air freshener pucks. Stick a chain in them and hang two from the rear vision mirror fluffy dice style. That way other drivers will stay well clear because its obvious you will be on a caffeine high and unpredictable :).

    Maybe I could insert grounds in nappies to filter the stench, but I fear that there is nothing that strong in existence yet.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    I cast many a thought in the direction of the army of worms in my compost bin.

    It was bad enough when we fed them all the household refuse to convert to a compost the garden never sees because we dont have one (a garden, that is).

    Now, they are a wriggling mass of mess high on stale caffeine.

    I wonder whether they anticipate with greedy glee the next dose of Colombian Supremo...only to be disappointed when the mouldy pucks of Ethiopian Djima descends upon them.

    Yes, I have guilty feelings about that.

    I also ponder whether this drug of addiction is causing them headaches of migraine proportion.

    Are they afflicted with lethargy, refusing to compost (the garbage, that is) until theyve munched through their morning fill of caffeinated spent pucks?

    Its all food for thought which has opened up a can of worms with ethical implications.

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    Good for a myriad of things. Garden wise they can be added directly to soil around plants for water holding properties or added to compost beds. I read somewhere alot will effect soil acidity but the value was a negligable increase, and not as the basis of the soil, just an additive.

    I used two loads to fill some holes dug by the fearless guard dog.

    Not so serious.

    You could dry out the puks, crush and use as an abrasive in a sand blaster unit for metals that where too soft for regular blast abrasives.

    Toss pucks instead of coins at two up gatherings tomorrow!! Now that Id lke to see.

    Harden them and turn into key rings, earings, neck chains - coffee puck bling?

    Roller blade wheel replacement?

    How about replacement fillings for brake pads in cars. What a smell every time you hit the anchors!! ;D


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    Dryem out and use them to heat the house. Used coffee pucks, the new alternative energy!

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    found this .... http://frugalliving.about.com/od/uncommonuses/a/coffeegrounds_3.htm

    Used coffee grounds as a beauty aid!

    Coffee grounds go on the attack against cellulite, dead skin and gray hair, among other things. Brew a cup of coffee and after youre awake from it, use it for these personal beauty ideas.

    1. Steep a cup or so in hot water, then use as a rinse to help cover gray.
    2. Coffee grounds make a gentle exfoliating wash for your face. Wet your face and scrub with a tablespoonful of them.
    3. Fill a muslin bag with used grounds and scrub yourself with it in the shower. Its a gentle exfoliator and deodorizer in one.
    4. Rub warm, wet coffee grounds onto your skin and cover with plastic wrap for a few minutes before rinsing to fight cellulite.
    5. A quarter cup of grounds mixed with an egg white makes a toning and firming facial. Massage it into your skin and allow it to dry, then rinse. If you have dry skin, follow with a moisturizer.


    Or ... Crafting with Used Coffee Grounds : http://frugalliving.about.com/od/uncommonuses/a/coffeegrounds_4.htm

    And in out next installment How to prepare coffee grounds as an anti-laxative :/

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    What do you do with your coffee grinds?

    Ill kick the puck off - I either squish them in my hand and toss them through the garden and lawn, or they go into my worm farm....the wormies love them!

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    hmmm, methinks Javaphile has me in his radarscope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1145245907/0#9 date=1173925811
    hmmm, methinks Javaphile has me in his radarscope!
    Nah. Any topic I recognize as a repeat I join to the original to try and make it easier for people to find answers. This will also hopefully encourage people to do a search for the answer to their question before starting a new thread for a topic thats already been covered. :)


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    Re: used coffee grounds

    I just tip them onto my garden and wait for the next lot of rain to do its stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viviane link=1145245907/0#11 date=1173929456
    I just tip them onto my garden and wait for the next lot of rain to do its stuff.
    I think a lot of us would be knee deep in grounds if we wait for that! ;)

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1145245907/0#12 date=1173930536
    Quote Originally Posted by Viviane link=1145245907/0#11 date=1173929456
    I just tip them onto my garden and wait for the next lot of rain to do its stuff.
    I think a lot of us would be knee deep in grounds if we wait for that! *;)
    Not here, we arent drought declared, its rained several to every day of the week for the last couple of months now, my lawn mower man is raking it in, and I personally wish that the clouds would move 70km over to Goulburn. In that short distance they have level 5 restrictions.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    found this on the net...puck dessert...just top with cream


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    Re: used coffee grounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile link=1145245907/0#6 date=1145966188
    Dryem out and use them to heat the house. Used coffee pucks, the new alternative energy!

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    Actually I have seen this done. The used coffee is compacted into logs and used for fire fuel, apparently they smell pretty good too. For now they feed our gardens and huge trees.....cheap mulch

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    http://www.java-log.com/

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    And I thought I had forgotten that one...

    If only they had Java-Aircon instead.

    Or some sort of coffee powered rainmaking device.

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    It rained when we went to Vivianes to raost coffee.
    I noticed the BrisVegans are also taking precautions in case of inclement weather.
    I reckon you must just need to roast coffee outside to make rain.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    TG

    Im setting the dodgy/broken popper outside on the day in the hope. I think at this stage a roast day would be BETTER if it rained - double the joy!

    I love the Javalog idea! Great if some CS could invent a compactor to make them! Anyone? However you are still releasing carbon into the atmostphere when you burn them. Composting them is a much better way to go. In the leaflet that came with my Grindenstein they say to put the pucks straight on your garden/pots (which I am doing).

    I do REALLY want to get a Bokashi bucket composter though. Does anyone have one of these? Im after a "real" review of them - ie are they worth it? You can get them at Biome online. Interested to hear if anyone has tried one.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    Some say used coffee is good to keep snails away in the Garden. Not sure how effective this is and I think I read another thread on this but worth giving it a go.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    There is a mention of this in this mornings Sunday Telegraph.
    It says a strong espresso added to 19 parts water makes a deterent solution to spray on plant foliage.

    It cites a Hawaiian Department of Agriculture study as the source.

    I found an article that backs it up but it also mentions that too much caffeine in the soil can kill the coffee plant itself that drops the berries as they eventually overload the soil with caffeine.
    http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:vtnx456vaBgJ:www.sciencenews.org/articles/20020629/food.asp+department+agriculture+hawaii+coffee+snai ls&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=au

    I may have to be careful of not putting too many spent pucks near my two new coffee plants.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    http://www.sustainableenterprises.com/Business/coffeefert.htm

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    Various unique beauty products have recently been developed using coffee as the basis. Coffee oil is believed to enhance the quality and appearance of the skin. A group called Natural Source produce a series of beauty products: the “Daintree Facecare” range and include for example, Tropical Coffee Moisture-rich Lip Fix Cream, and several other coffee based products which sound good enough to eat if not drink. They use Australian grown coffee and other pure Australian tropical ingredients. Their contact details are: The Natural Source, 55 Bromby Street, South Yarra VIC 3141 Phone: 61 3 9821 5271, and their web site is: www.thenaturalsource.com.au

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    Im sure they could be recycled for other things. How about extracting the remaining caffeine in a puck and using it for transdermal caffeine patches? They transdermal technology for nicotine, HRT and numerous other pharmaceuticals...why not coffee? For those times when youre at a friends house and all they have is instant....which as we all know isnt coffee. Just whack on a patch and wait until you get home for a real one :)

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    You could do it on the cheap and put your used pucks in a sock and wear that somewhere unobtrusive.

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    Make your own Java Log: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-JavaLog/ :)


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    Re: used coffee grounds

    I was reading the health & beauty liftout from the paper the other day (long plane flight ;)); they had an article about used coffee grounds as an exfoliant and body wash!

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    I get my daughter to gather up a basket of well dried coffee pucks and run down the back paddock a ways. Then when I yell "Pull!", she throws a couple in the air above her and I let them have it with the Remington 12 gauge and blow those suckers into dust.

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    Youre obviously a better shot than me or they are pretty big pucks.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    The coffee grounds are good for the garden especially acid loving plants like azaleas, gardenias and camellias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1145245907/15#29 date=1195647971
    Youre obviously a better shot than me or they are pretty big pucks.
    Nope! I just stand pretty close. Makes the daughter a bit nervous though.

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    Used coffee grounds

    What does everyone do with their leftover coffee grounds? Does anyone have success using it on particular plants as fertiliser? *I heard once that someone had a worm farm and the worms apparently love them :D hee hee, wonder if it keeps them up all night!
    Just curious and couldnt find any topics on this.

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    Ah Kat - a quick search on google for coffee grounds coffeesnobs would have led you to.....

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1145245907

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1145245907/20#21 date=1174794179
    There is a mention of this in this mornings Sunday Telegraph.
    It says a strong espresso added to 19 parts water makes a deterent solution to spray on plant foliage.

    It cites a Hawaiian Department of Agriculture study as the source.

    I found an article that backs it up but it also mentions that too much caffeine in the soil can kill the coffee plant itself that drops the berries as they eventually overload the soil with caffeine.
    http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:vtnx456vaBgJ:www.sciencenews.org/articles/20020629/food.asp+department+agriculture+hawaii+coffee+snai ls&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=au

    I may have to be careful of not putting too many spent pucks near my two new coffee plants.
    I tried this for a while and it doesnt seem to work.
    In reckon my bugs like it.

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    Hi all

    The main advantage of coffee grounds as a component in mulch and compost is that its a source of cheap organic material i.e. carbon, cellulose etc. There is a substantial business here for those that have contacts in BOTH the horticultural and coffee bean supply industry. One contracts the companies that deliver beans to cafes to pickup the spent chucks (already placed in special cardboard boxes). There already have the vans and are doing the rounds. One then collects the pucks, dries them, package them into 500g, 1kg packs etc. These can then be sold to compost companies to bulk out compost and sold in Swanes, Bunnings etc for retail sales. Sydney must be putting out several tons of coffee pucks a day.

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    Re: used coffee grounds

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1145245907/20#32 date=1214887124
    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1145245907/20#21 date=1174794179
    It says a strong espresso added to 19 parts water makes a deterent solution to spray on plant foliage.
    I tried this for a while and it doesnt seem to work.
    In reckon my bugs like it.
    Caffeine is a molluscicide. Use it against snails and slugs.

    Other bugs? Well you know how it stimulates humans ...perhaps insects enjoy the kick too???? ;D

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    Hi

    Flynnaus (must get the spelling right there :-) has the right word. A Google for: "molluscicide caffeine" brings up many links.
    A research paper: http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=14714360
    A patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4826685.html
    and a good experiment for kids: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/slug.html
    and many more.

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    Wow, I cant believe how many replies to this came through in one day! ;) Great ideas out there, not sure Im keen on plastering my face with coffee grounds though! I should try the coffee grounds on my son, he is only 8 and has patches of grey hair, dont like to die it, maybe we can try it and see what happens but I cant imagine it could do too much to a patch of white hair.
    I have a camellia in a pot by my back door so I think thats what will get the coffee treatment for now :D
    Thanks for all the ideas, keep them coming, wacky & wonderful!
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    Re: used coffee grounds

    but on the flip side .....

    "Louise Simms and Dr Michael Wilson (University of Aberdeen, UK) have investigated caffeine as an alternative to metaldehyde and methiocarb as it is classified by the US Food and Drug administration as a GRAS (generally recognised as safe) product. They suggested that caffeine might be a less effective molluscicide than previously thought. It is toxic to three earthworm species at low doses with some phytotoxicity observed on plants. Metaldehyde has little effect on earthworms and no phytotoxicity. In conclusion, they suggested that caffeine has no environmental or efficacy benefits over metaldehyde and commented that the public perception of natural products being less detrimental to the environment than pesticides was not always accurate."
    Crop Protection Monthly
    30 September 2003 - Issue No 166

    Oh well :-(




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    oops, and here I thought everyone had made a quick reply, this cant have been on the front page surely when I posted it as I looked through the first couple of pages and couldnt find anything. Sorry guys! I did do a search but obviously the words I used didnt bring this up. :(

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    ;D ;D ;D

    Sorry Kat.

    When Dennis answered your post I came to the thread and finally updated my findings regarding my previous post.
    After that a few others also posted.
    It would appear a moderator has then spliced your post in (as well as Dens reply) and here you are.

    (If you look closely the times on your two earlier posts are out of order.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by speleomike link=1145245907/20#37 date=1214897641
    but on the flip side ....

    (SNIP>

    They suggested that caffeine might be a less effective molluscicide than previously thought. It is toxic to three earthworm species at low doses with some phytotoxicity observed on plants. Metaldehyde has little effect on earthworms and no phytotoxicity. In conclusion, they suggested that caffeine has no environmental or efficacy benefits over metaldehyde and commented that the public perception of natural products being less detrimental to the environment than pesticides was not always accurate."
    Crop Protection Monthly
    30 September 2003 - Issue No 166

    Oh well :-(
    This is why diluted ooffee should be applied as a spray rather as per the article ThunderGod quoted. Coffee grounds should be added to compost or pot plants, not directly to the soil.

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    I tried it as a spray.

    There were two articles.

    One with a link, the other (the first) from the Sunday Telegraph.
    It suggested 19 parts water to 1 part espresso.

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    Slugs and snails do not like coffee grounds.

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    Hi There,
    Just wondering if you can use the ground extracted coffee in the compost bin. Regards, Gary

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    Sure can, my roses love it. ;)

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    Re: Ground Coffee in Compost Bin

    Nice little nitrogen kick! For a full list of compost NPKs

    http://www.primalseeds.org/npk.htm

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    I remember emptying my mothers left over bin all the time, the overwhelming smell was alway of coffee, loved it, the plants loved it too :)

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I bring home used grounds by the kilo *for friends & neighbours.




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