How To Create Your Own Coffee Compost

Coffee Compost

Coffee grounds are a common household waste, but did you know that they can also be a valuable addition to your compost bin? Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, which is an essential nutrient for plants. When composted properly, coffee grounds can help to create a nutrient-rich compost that will improve the health of your garden.

What you’ll need:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Cardboard
  • A compost bin
  • Water
  • A shovel


  1. Collect your coffee grounds. You can save your own coffee grounds from your daily brewing, or ask your local coffee shop if they have any used grounds they would be willing to give you.
  2. Shred some cardboard. You can use any carbon-rich material like dry leaves, sawdust, wood chips, or shredded paper, but cardboard is easy to acquire and works well.
  3. Mix the coffee grounds and cardboard together. A good ratio is one part coffee grounds to two parts cardboard. This will help to dilute the nitrogen in the coffee grounds and prevent it from harming the earthworms in your compost bin.
  4. Add your coffee grounds and cardboard to your compost pile. You can add them to any type of compost bin, but if you are using a vermicompost bin, be sure to add the cardboard first and then layer the coffee grounds on top.
  5. Keep your compost pile moist and aerated. Water your compost pile regularly and turn it every few weeks to help it decompose.

Additional tips for a better Compost:

  • Don’t add too much coffee grounds to your compost pile at once. Too much nitrogen can slow down the composting process.
  • If you are concerned about the acidity of your coffee grounds, you can add some lime to your compost pile.
  • Coffee grounds can also be used as a mulch around your plants.

Benefits of Coffee Compost:

  • Coffee grounds are a great source of nitrogen, which is essential for plant growth.
  • Composting coffee grounds helps to reduce waste and divert it from landfills.
  • Composted coffee grounds can improve the drainage and aeration of your soil.
  • Coffee grounds can also attract earthworms to your compost bin, which will help to break down organic matter.

So next time you finish your morning cup of coffee, don’t throw the grounds away! Add them to your compost bin and help to create a healthy and productive garden.

I hope this blog post has been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy composting!

Be sure to check out the Go Green Compost YouTube channel for more great composting tips!

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