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Feeding Ferns – Bananas

Q: A friend says to feed ferns with bananas. Is this true? A: The peels provide no more benefits to ferns than coffee grounds, carrot shreds, apple skins or any other source of easily decomposable organic matter. All of these are beneficial because they contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium but banana peels aren’t markedly superior […]

Getting Grounded by Mother Nature, and Other Lessons

Being on the trail can have a small home-town feel. Everyone seems to know everyone, or at least to have heard of each other. I fully realized this as I sat at a coffee shop in Hot Springs, North Carolina, when a hiker I didn’t know asked me if I was feeling better; She heard that I had gotten sick after Gatlinburg. Show More Summary

A better way of converting coffee waste to biofuel?

Used coffee grounds can already be turned into things such as water filters, road material, carbon-capture media, and biofuel. Unfortunately in the case of the latter, it's a fairly complex affair, making its widespread use unlikely....Show More Summary

RotterZwam: Abandoned Water Park Turned Indoor Mushroom Farm

Bags of old coffee grounds hang in the dank dressing rooms of an abandoned Rotterdam water park, growing oyster mushrooms. Two men turned the former Tropicana space, an old teen hangout, into the perfect damp, dim environment for their business, making use of the structure while the city council decides what to do with it. …

Mother's Day Gifts for the mom who is addicted to coffee

Moms: They're our best friends, our superheroes, our #1 supporters and our biggest cheerleaders. Even with all the nagging, guilt-tripping and grounding, we know they mean well (most of the time). Whether it's your best friend, mentor or grandmother, everyone has a mom in their life. Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

Artist Gracefully Creates the World’s Smallest Cup of Coffee Using Only a Single Bean

4 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

When visual artist Luca Zannoto was called upon by the Finnish coffee company Paulig to create a cup of coffee with a single bean, he happily obliged. Using that one bean ground upon an emory board with water boiled over a candle and everything else in miniature, Zannoto very gracefully created the world’s smallest cup […]

Spilling Coffee On Yourself Just Became the Best Part of Your Day

Frank Body, the Australian, coffee-based skincare line, is literally a cup of coffee for your skin. Their Original Coffee Body scrub, which is basically a bag of coffee grounds and other skin-softening goodies, is a godsend for those of us that need a double or triple dose of caffeine to get going. It also happens to… Read more...

How to Naturally Clean Your Coffee Maker

Did you know you should be cleaning your coffee pot every month? Not just to get out old coffee grounds, but also because your coffee maker may have mold growing in it. Yep, mold. One study found that around half of classic coffee makers had mold and yeast growing in their reservoirs, and about one in 10 has coliform bacteria in them. Show More Summary

How To Brew Pour Over Coffee [Infographic]

Pour over coffee is an intriguing alternative to the drip method or French press. As its name implies, it involves pouring small amounts of water through coffee grounds using a carafe and special kind of kettle. This infographic breaks down everything you need to know about brewing coffee the old way. More »      

The Canberra backyard coffee evangelist – Ministry Grounds

2 months agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Melbourne used to be have the reputation as the coffee queen of Australia, if not the world. I mean, if Starbucks can’t even compete in Melbourne because the coffee is so good, then that tells you something about the competition.  But Canberra is now wrestling to take on that crown.  Yes, Canberra.  We now have […]

In Montreal, mushrooms make the local economy go round

While delivering oyster mushrooms to restaurants in the heart of Montreal, Lysiane Roy Maheu stops to get a bucket filled with coffee grounds from a barista friend. Three times a week, Roy Maheu and her friend Dominique Lynch-Gauthier,...Show More Summary

3 Ways To Help Animals (Even If You Can't Have A Pet)

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

When you buy any item from Jordan Karcher’s pooch-inspired coffee company, Grounds & Hounds, including its cheeky blends like Paper & Slippers and Morning Walk, part of the proceeds go to a shelter near you. In 2015, Grounds & Hounds’ donations helped partners provide blankets, food and services for an estimated 2,000 rescue pups. Show More Summary

This eco-friendly coffee brand wants to rid landfills of plastic coffee pods

The coffee pod market has ballooned so much in recent years that it is expected to overtake instant and ground coffee as soon as 2020 — but its popularity represents a huge environmental problem. The majority of those handy, single-serve plastic coffee capsules are never recycled. Show More Summary

Fertile Grounds: Coffeemaker Reuses Spent Beans to Grow Edible Mushrooms

3 months agoLifestyle / House & Home : Dornob

Spent coffee grounds have all sorts of uses around the house and in your beauty routine. Instead of tossing yours in the trash after every pot, you could actually be salvaging them as garden fertilizer, natural pest repellent for your plants, skin exfoliation, and even cellulite treatment. But there’s one surprising way to reuse coffee […]

How to Hack the Caffeinated Coffee Butter That's Launching in Japan

Coffee butter has arrived to help you become a morning person, and no, we're not talking about bulletproof coffee, which is coffee made with butter. We're talking about butter made with coffee grounds, otherwise known as spreadable caffeine made for putting on your morning toast. Show More Summary

Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle Does Temperature Control

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Oh Gizmo!

Every morning I make coffee in a French Press by boiling water and immediately pouring it over the grounds; this tastes fine by my unrefined standards. However, more discerning coffee

You're Not Even Safe From The Ford Mustang In Mexico

3 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

The Great North American Mustang is a beautiful, powerful, but voracious beast. Normally, crowds at American Cars and Coffee meetups are enough to sate their crowd-hunger, but it now appears they have expanded their hunting grounds South of the U.S. border. Specifically, into the city of Rio Bravo, in Mexico. Read more...

Proposed Bill May Give Coffee Lovers the Jitters

Nearly 250 years after the Boston Tea Party, we could have a Salem Coffee Party on our hands. The Oregon Legislature is weighing a tax of five cents per pound on wholesale coffee, including coffee beans and ground coffee. KOIN reports that no revenue projection was given in House Bill...

How Used Coffee Grounds Could Save Refugee Lives

3 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

A recycled, coffee-based fuel log eliminates the need for women and children to embark on dangerous trips to collect firewood for cooking.

If you love cold brew, this kitchen gadget is for you

With 'Arctic', you can control the how strong you want your coffee and enjoy the smooth taste of cold brew. Just add cold filtered water to your coffee grounds and refrigerate.  Read more... More about Homemade Coffee, Homemade, Homemade Cold Brew, How To Make Coffee At Home, and Strong Coffee

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