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Post  sanderson on 5/20/2013, 12:35 am

The Starbucks manager not only gave me a heavy bag of used coffee grounds, he double bagged it and carried it out to my car, all with a smile! The grounds are super fine compared to drip ground Folgers that I used to use, so I bet it will blend nicely.

I tried a waffle house for egg shells but they didn't want the liability of giving me their "garbage." Any suggestions on obtaining egg shells?


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Post  boffer on 5/20/2013, 12:59 am

We frequently hear about the liability issue, and it's a shame.

For eggshells, how about hitting up organizations that do special breakfasts on occasion to raise money, like churches, firehouses, fraternal clubs, etc.

Be on your toes though, they might want to trade their shells for some of your time at the grill! Razz
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Post  Lindacol on 5/20/2013, 1:26 am

The first Starbucks I tried said no. The 2nd one said I needed to call a day ahead & I don't go that way often. The 3rd one (which actually happens to be the closest - but I don't go that way often and don't drink coffee so it took me a while to find) double bagged all they had for me.

For eggshells you might try small cafes or individual type(non chain) restaurants or maybe a small bakery. Hey I noticed Starbucks had delicious looking baked goodies. Anyone know if they do the baking?
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Post  sanderson on 5/20/2013, 1:32 am

Good idea about the organizations hosting fund raising breakfasts. Only thing is that they may use ready-mix eggs from a carton. Here's hoping.
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Post  southern gardener on 5/20/2013, 2:28 am

@Lindacol wrote:The first Starbucks I tried said no. The 2nd one said I needed to call a day ahead & I don't go that way often. The 3rd one (which actually happens to be the closest - but I don't go that way often and don't drink coffee so it took me a while to find) double bagged all they had for me.

For eggshells you might try small cafes or individual type(non chain) restaurants or maybe a small bakery. Hey I noticed Starbucks had delicious looking baked goodies. Anyone know if they do the baking?

I'm surprised they said no! Every time we go, there's a bucket out front that says "free for your garden", it's full of bagged grounds. Then, if you go inside they're usually more than happy to bag up whatever they have. We get quite a bit at a time when we do go, but it's not that often...
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 9/29/2018, 6:12 pm

I picked up a bag of grounds today.  Haven't for a while.

This bag is meh.

It's not coffee.  Well mostly not coffee.  There's a bit of coffee.  There's virtually no spent espresso pucks. It's almost entirely a bag of the big sealed tea bags.  Fruity smelling, some purplish. Some orangey brown.

Do the bags break down well?  Do earth worms bore through them readily or do I need to rip open all these stupid bags.  If you haven't seen them, they're about the size of a office foil coffee pack for the industrial drip pots, but kind of coffee filter material, a little fibrous feeling.

Sigh, kind of a PITA.

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Post  OhioGardener on 9/29/2018, 6:31 pm

@No_Such_Reality wrote:Do the bags break down well?  Do earth worms bore through them readily or do I need to rip open all these stupid bags. 

Yes, they decompose fairly fast.  I have gotten bags of them and dumped them in the compost tumbler, and they break down in no time at all.  I have also buried them in the gardens (Cathole composting?) and the earthworms burrow right through the filter material to get to the grounds.

On occasion when I pick up grounds at Starbucks the bag includes a large filter bag of grounds that were used for cold pressed coffee. This bag takes longer to decompose, but it still decomposes over time.  The expresso pucks, on the other hand, I have to manually break up in order to get them to decompose or get eaten by the earthworms.
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Post  sanderson on 9/29/2018, 9:05 pm

This being CA, there's a Starbuck's every mile.  I swear everyone loves that burnt-tasting, over-priced stuff.  

I dance on the bags to break up the pucks and then watch as I dump the bags into the compost batch, watching for miscellaneous items like filter, straw, plastic lids, etc.  Photo of me dancing in cold February in layered pj's, sweats and old tennis used just for composting.

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Post  OhioGardener on 9/29/2018, 9:32 pm

@sanderson wrote: watch as I dump the bags into the compost batch, watching for miscellaneous items like filter, straw, plastic lids, etc. 
 

One time I found a lid for a 5 gallon plastic bucket in the bag of grounds. It is not unusual to find plastic lids for cups in the grounds, though.
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 9/29/2018, 9:43 pm

Thanks

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Post  OhioGardener on 11/18/2018, 3:59 pm

Ever since I cleaned the raised beds and planted cover crops on them for the winter, I have had a problem with a neighborhood cat (or maybe more than one) that was tramping on the beds and digging holes in them. On Tuesday I brought home two big bags of coffee grounds from Starbucks, separated the paper filters from it, and then lightly spread the coffee grounds over all of the beds.  Haven't seen the cats, or their damage, on the beds since. I still see cat footprints in the snow around the beds, but they haven't gotten on the soil of the beds. Hopefully those caffeinated beds will keep the cats at bay.  I'll probably replenish the grounds every few weeks, or once a month, to see if it continues to discourage the felines.
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Post  sanderson on 11/18/2018, 4:25 pm

Interesting. Keep us posted. I think there is a thread about keeping cats out of beds. Maybe I will try to find it after my nap. . . sawing logs

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Post  OhioGardener on 11/18/2018, 5:21 pm

@sanderson wrote:Maybe I will try to find it after my nap. . . sawing logs

First things first!  Very Happy 

I just did another search, and found one titled "Cats in the Garden" that was last posted to in 2014 - I read through that one, and didn't see anyone trying coffee grounds.  I have used coffee grounds for years to keep slugs away from plants, but had never thought of it for cats until I read this article:

Coffee As a Repellent
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Post  OhioGardener on 12/2/2018, 2:34 pm

It has now been almost 3 weeks since I put coffee grounds on the raised beds to see if it would keep the cats off of them, and the cats have not bothered the beds since then. This week, I am going to sprinkle some new grounds on the beds to see if it continues to discourage the neighborhood cats.  Hopefully, it will.
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Post  has55 on 12/3/2018, 2:50 am

@OhioGardener wrote:It has now been almost 3 weeks since I put coffee grounds on the raised beds to see if it would keep the cats off of them, and the cats have not bothered the beds since then. This week, I am going to sprinkle some new grounds on the beds to see if it continues to discourage the neighborhood cats.  Hopefully, it will.

they won't get in those beds. Something about any product like large wood mulch, coffee or large sticks or pvc pipe placed on the ground prevent them from doing their thing. they will go on mulch leaves. I have used 1/2 inch to one inch PVC pipe placed in  various direction or my SFG PVC grid to keep them out of the beds in a pinch.
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