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espresso grinds
    #1392468 - 03/19/03 06:28 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

i was wondering if anyone has experimented with used espresso cakes for a casing layer. i overheard at work that people often use it for gardening. i thought about mixing it with some worm castings since both seem to have a relatively similar texture as well as grain size.  i thought that maybe since espresso grinds are great for retaining moisture, that it would go well with the castings for nutrition... comments? any feedback would be great.

Post Script: if anyone finds out that this would be a great idea, you can obtain free espresso cakes from a local starbucks (no limit) it would be best to get the grinds from the newer machines which pull its own shots.  :smile: 

they think they are high-temperature sinus effluvia on a silver platter but they are in actuality sub-zero mucus encrustation on a paper plate ~subgenius

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Re: espresso grinds [Re: Cheeky_Wood_Nymph_]
    #1392480 - 03/19/03 06:33 PM (15 years, 3 months ago)

I'm thinking it might be too acidic. Maybe if you adjusted the ph...

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Re: espresso grinds [Re: Cheeky_Wood_Nymph_]
    #1393864 - 03/20/03 04:30 AM (15 years, 3 months ago)

I've read several times about people growing Oyster mushrooms on used regular coffee.. I don't think that it is an ideal substrate however. I work part time at a coffee place and I have often pondered how well the grounds would work as a substrate for cubensis. You probably would have to adjust the pH though. I have a feeling that the espresso cakes would probably break back up into a very fine powder as soon as you tried to break them into smaller pieces. That might make them a little harder to use as opposed to regular coffee grounds.

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