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Mind your Grinds

Everywhere we turned today we saw articles, posts and tweets about coffee. Don’t ask why, we don’t remember getting any memos about today being National Discuss Coffee Day or Mr. Coffee’s birthday but discussions about coffee abounded today on the web. So… we thought that we’d distill some of the best, most interesting bits we read and share them with you.

According to Yahoo Green you can use old grounds to:

  • Touch up scratches in wood furniture
  • Mix with soil as a natural fertilizer for plants (tomatoes especially love them some java!) Grounds add nitrogen and attract earth worms and can be a pathogen free alternative to manure.
  • Make like a Colonial Re-enacter and dye dye cloth or paper
  • Rub into your dog as an organic flea dip.
  • Place in cheese cloth and hang in your closet or fridge to repel odors.
  • Scrub away grease and grime from pots and pans.
  • Throw on ashes before cleaning out the fireplace to reduce dust from spreading.
  • Mix ¼ grinds with one egg white for a revitalizing face mask.

The Harvard School of Public Health recently came out to join the chorus of researchers who suggesting that moderate consumption of coffee may reduce the risk of contracting some diseases such as Gall Stones, Parkinson’s Disease, Cirrhosis of the Liver, and Heart Disease.

Some old wives promised us that Ants don’t like coffee, so you can sprinkle unused grounds around the perimeter of an area they are invading. We’re not sure if it’s the fine texture or the caffeine but if you give it a try let us know how it works.

Then there was an interesting piece of news out of Oregon, a state where they are known to drink a bit of coffee. The Oregon State University Extension began   a grounds composting co-operative. The extension set up a trial program to check the efficacy of grounds in composting. It turned out that coffee grounds helped sustain high temperatures in compost piles, reducing potentially dangerous pathogens as well as seeds from weeds and vegetables. “In the trials, when coffee grounds made up 25 percent of the volume of the compost pile, temperatures were sustained between 135 degrees and 155 degrees for at least two weeks, enough time to have killed a “significant portion” of the pathogens and seeds. In contrast, the manure in the trials didn’t sustain the heat as long.”

Finally, we saw this quote and while we love it are not entirely sure it can be said of our post here today: “Coffee: Induces Wit” — Gustave Flaubert.

Want a chance at winning your very own wit inducing bag of Hudson Coffee Traders Coffee? Then please leave a comment here or re-post us to facebook or retweet on Twitter. Monthly winner announced at the end of the month!

Photo credit: Suzettesuzette


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