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Used Coffee Grounds Make Perfect Soil For Burgeoning Mushroom Business

May 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
It was a simple concept waiting to be exploited for profit while helping to curb food waste. Two Australian entrepreneurs saw a market for mushrooms among Fremantle-area restaurants. They crowdfunded $30,000 to get the business – basically collecting tons of used coffee grounds from local restaurants and delivering them to an urban farm – off the ground. At the farm, the grounds are mixed with mushroom spores. Over three months they produced 530 pounds of mushrooms using three tons of donated coffee grounds. The restaurants in turn buy the mushrooms. The company founders say the response from the local community has been “phenomenal.”
Laura Gartry, "Recycled coffee grounds give rise to Fremantle mushroom farm", ABC.net.au, May 13, 2016, © ABC
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