What Do Coffee Shops Do With Coffee Grounds?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of used coffee grounds are discarded to landfill.

Besides the obvious compost / worm farm / nitrogen fertilizer type application, coffee grounds are useful as a drain cleaner, deodoriser, moisture absorber, skin exfoliate, for use in artwork, and as ‘scratch’ for chickens.

What does Starbucks do with coffee grounds?

To find out, Sunset sent a batch of Starbucks’ used coffee grounds ― the company gives them away for free ― to a soil lab for analysis. Turns out the grounds provide generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper. They also release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade.

What can you do with coffee grounds?

Below are 16 creative uses for used coffee grounds.

  • Fertilize Your Garden.
  • Compost It for Later.
  • Repel Insects and Pests.
  • Remove Fleas from Your Pet.
  • Neutralize Odors.
  • Use It as a Natural Cleaning Scrub.
  • Scour Your Pots and Pans.
  • Exfoliate Your Skin.

How do you dispose of coffee grounds?


  1. Toss coffee grounds in the trash if you want the easiest solution. For a no-fuss solution, just throw your grounds in the garbage as you would any other non-hazardous household waste.
  2. Keep your used grounds away from sinks and toilets.
  3. See if there’s a local curbside composting service.

Which plants like used coffee grounds?

Fresh Coffee Grounds for Acid-Loving Plants

Your acid-loving plants like hydrangeas, rhododendrons, azaleas, lily of the valley, blueberries, carrots, and radishes can get a boost from fresh grounds.