Serpico Landscaping recycles our plant material, grass clippings and tree bark, and today’s latest news deals with a great eco-smart idea for recycled coffee for landscaping. Our teams of dedicated tree care experts and commercial landscaping professionals at Serpico Landscaping love all things repurposed wisely to save money for the HOA, retail, municipal, and corporate business park communities we serve.
Using a recycled coffee bean byproduct for healthy soil is an idea that makes us very happy at Serpico — so we had to let you know about it.
A recurring waste byproduct of roasting coffee is its skin, called the “chaff”.
Before coffee beans are roasted, they contain about 11% internal moisture, if you look at a green (unroasted) coffee bean next to a roasted one, you’ll notice the green unroasted coffee bean is much smaller than a roasted bean and when “un-cooked”, green coffee beans have a thin skin, called “silverskin” — or chaff.
Coffee beans expand when they’re roasted and they lose their chaff.
The owner of The Providence Coffee Company in Faribault, Minnesota — James Curren — was irked at the pounds and pounds of coffee chaff he was throwing out. He was even more irked when he found out that 32.4 million pounds of green unroasted, chaff coffee skins were being sent to the dump every year, nationwide.
“Chaff is light, fluffy stuff,” Curren explained. “I thought, there’s got to be some redeeming value to this. What can be done with it?”
Coffee chaff is full of nitrogen…
With a little help from the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute, Curren found out about the amazing biological plant characteristics of chaff:
- Coffee chaff is absorbent and full of nitrogen, making it an ideal fertilizer.
Curren started his own fertilizer made from chaff called JavaCycle — currently only sold in a few Minnesota stores, but could go mainstream.
Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, and calcium for soil and composts.
Sacramento’s ecoGrounds coffee roasters repurpose coffee waste too. Each roast produces about 3.2 pounds of chaff. The firm partnered with Reconserve — a firm that converts bulk food waste materials into animal feed — and now their used coffee chaff is used for dairy cow feed.
No matter what — recycling chaff is better than wasting so much potential — and Serpico Landscaping is on board with saving and repurposing!
Serpico Recycles Grass Clippings, Tree Bark And Wood Chips
Just like re-using coffee’s byproduct, chaff, Serpico Landscaping has an allegiance to new sustainability and conservation ideas, too — which we take to heart for the communities we serve.
We re-purpose grass and plant clippings, plus tree bark and wood chips to be used for bio-fuel.
- As a certified green company in the Bay Area…Serpico is proud to spotlight innovation in the re-use of the most simplest of byproducts — recycled coffee for landscaping…or our ways to use landscape debris for fuel — because we feel every SF Bay Area firm can have a positive eco-impact on the environment.