Growing mushrooms from coffee? Yes you can

Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) mycelium in petri dish on coffee grounds

Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) mycelium in petri dish on coffee grounds

Have you ever wondered what happens to the grounds of coffee in the filter after you have emptied you cup? I think I speak for the majority of us that I would probably throw them away. First empty the cup and then the filter and into the bin with it.  Some people, however, did put more thought into it and came up with an initiative that has the potential to change the way we treat waste. Chido Govera grew up in Zimbabwe. There she learnt how to use organic waste in order to grow nutrient-rich mushrooms. In a country where droughts come often and land to grow crops is scarce, mastering techniques like this can determine survival or death.

These childhood memories inspired now Berlin-based Chido Govera to found the startup Chido’s mushrooms. On their website it is stated that only 0.2% of coffee ends up in the cup, the rest is thrown away. So the idea to do something with that waste is genius and simple at the same time – you use the coffee grounds that most of us would throw away and cultivate mushrooms on them. This requires almost no money, you can of course eat the mushrooms and reduce waste at the same time. Chido’s mushrooms picks up coffee grounds from cafes all over Berlin, cultivates mushrooms and then sells them on street markets or online to the end user. Moreover, you can also buy home growing kits if you want to try growing some mushrooms at home. I heard they are extremely tasty, so I hope to try them this week when I am in Berlin. So far Chido’s is only active in Germany, but the idea has potential to spread like a mushroom in order to overcome hunger in some of the most deprived areas of the planet and help reduce waste at home and wherever we enjoy our beloved cup of coffee.

Check them out on their website for more info: http://chidos.org/mushrooms.html

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  1. Pingback: How fungi saved a Zimbabwean girl’s life | Dear Kitty. Some blog·

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