Coffee for you, and the grounds for the garden

March 26th, 2012 BY Angelina Leigh | No Comments

Are you a fan of your coffee? Are you one of those who rely on a big cup of Joe to kick start your engine each morning? Are you fussy about coffee or even the instant Joe will get you on your rat race go? Well don’t crack your head over it because we’re not going to analyse you based on how you take your coffee. In fact that’s already been done by the brilliant body language experts Judi James and James Moore in their book  “The You Code”. You can read a little more about the various coffee personalities here.

Now today’s post has a lot to do with coffee but truthfully very little to none with how you take it. Some people have become accustomed to starting their day with a George Clooney endorsed Nespresso while others are good to go with Nescafe Instants and others just swear by dropping by Starbucks for that quick pick-me-up. It’s all a matter of personal preference and the only real difference I see between taking an instant coffee from a ready mix sachet and one from the coffee machine not accounting for cost is the coffee grounds.


If it comes from a fancy coffee machine (be it at your own home or at a coffee house) then you have the residue of your drink also known as coffee grounds. And you can feel good about having your coffee because you can repurpose coffee grounds into soil enriching additives for your garden.
And even if you don’t drink coffee you can always go visit your local Starbucks and ask for a complimentary 5 pound bag of coffee ground! It’s completely free, no questions asked. Starbucks has this on-going program called “Grounds for Your Garden” which they started back in 1995 in the US and it’s become a world-wide initiative so chances are your local Starbucks outlet gives them out too. Usually they are already packed and left in bucket where you can just pick them up but if there are none left, you can always just ask the staff who will be more than happy to help you.
If you’re a serious gardener and you know how ground coffee can help your garden grow then just make a daily stop to your nearest Starbucks and pick up a bag. Recycle and reuse! Coffee…it’s not just for you, it’s also for your garden!