"Brace yourselves everyone, I'm going to moan ...Ouch! Now, I know that email is pretty tame by many (most?) comms standards but they're harsh words from our office mum. She looks after us well and in return we worship the ground she walks on and do what she says. How could someone let the side down and upset Mum?? The "not me" emails immediately flooded in. ("I drink tea" – from the CEO. "I buy coffee downstairs" – others.) A few were suspiciously quiet. Enough said.
Could you please make sure you rinse your coffee cups before you put them in the dishwasher? Coffee grounds are attaching to clean cups. I am having to wash things twice ..."
And then I piped up. As a daily coffee buyer, I am amazed to see colleagues empty coffee plungers full of grounds down the sink and try to wash them down. I'm not a plumber but I can’t imagine that's good for the plumbing or our waterways as they move through the system. How about we look at alternative uses for the coffee grounds, perhaps preparing them for compost instead? Apparently coffee makes for great compost so long as you don't exceed 25% of the soil's composition. The same goes for worm farms.
"It's not an issue; we've been doing it for years," I was assured. Ok, back to my corner.
No-one likes to hear "I told you so", but ... I TOLD YOU SO!
And so now we are looking at how to dispose of or, even better, reuse the coffee grounds that build up each day. There are sites with some great suggestions. But I'm wondering how they prepare and store the grounds while still in the office before people take them home?
We have begun with a makeshift solution: a kitchen sieve filtered with a paper towel and placed over a large bowl, but it's not pretty and a long term solution would be better. Do these even exist? How do other offices drain their used coffee grounds and prepare them for composting?