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Killian
12-23-2010, 12:11 PM
Will it cause problems if I continually put the grounds down the drain through the garbage disposal? Just wondering what you guys do or suggest?

Mr B
12-23-2010, 12:23 PM
Grandma used to put them in the Compost pile. Mine go down the drain (no compost pile) and have not had any problems in the 2 years I have been using a press.

replicant_argent
12-23-2010, 12:30 PM
I put mine in the garbage, out in the yard, or sometimes in the disposal.
Occasionally, if I put them in the disposal, they get in the drain line for the dishwasher.. just a note.

tsolomon
12-23-2010, 12:33 PM
Vermiculture, the worms love coffee grounds. :D

timj219
12-23-2010, 12:35 PM
Compost is your friend. Next time you have an amazing home grown tomato you can say "damn that's a fine cup o coffee"

mosesbotbol
12-23-2010, 12:41 PM
Will it cause problems if I continually put the grounds down the drain through the garbage disposal? Just wondering what you guys do or suggest?

Better have a plumber's name handy if you dumping grinds down the drain. I have had it happen in three different homes and have learned my lesson :sl

I dump them in yard as compost. Don't keep grounds in house covered, maggots love coffee grounds to settle into :mad:

ashtonlady
12-23-2010, 12:44 PM
Mine go down the garbage disposial.

CigarNut
12-23-2010, 01:18 PM
I put (some) of mine in the pots of my houseplants -- a great fertlizer and it smells good. The rest go down the drain.

thebayratt
12-23-2010, 01:44 PM
I put mine in the garden area. If I'm lazy, they go to a potted plant.

I used to put them down the drain, but thought to myself, these would do some good in the garden!

mosesbotbol
12-23-2010, 02:02 PM
If you intend to use coffee grounds as a fertilizer base, check and balance the ph before getting too involved.

mmblz
12-23-2010, 02:30 PM
if you have your own septic system, don't put them down the drain...

hscmit
12-23-2010, 09:18 PM
i just add a little water, swirl and toss in the yard

Salvelinus
12-24-2010, 09:13 AM
Fertilizer gets my vote too. We have a composter on the counter that is covered with a carbon filter, the beans go in it. Coffee is the only thing I compost during the winter, takes a while to fill the can and then out to the pile it goes. Keep it covered so no bugs get in it.

massphatness
12-24-2010, 09:23 AM
Occasionally, if I put them in the disposal, they get in the drain line for the dishwasher.. just a note.

Better have a plumber's name handy if you dumping grinds down the drain. I have had it happen in three different homes and have learned my lesson


Hmmmmm ... I guess I won't be dumping them down the drain any more.

floydpink
12-24-2010, 05:53 PM
either the lawn, or the pucks go from knockbox to garbage can. It definitely never hurt my St Augustine grass.

physiognomy
01-01-2011, 07:48 PM
I empty most into the trash, but a small amount goes down the drain when I rinse our press... I will definitely be adding some to our balcony garden when spring arives.

Volusianator
01-01-2011, 07:54 PM
Never use a French Press. What are the benefits? I use an auto drip maker with a gold filer, I love the coffee it makes, but what's all the fuss about the press?

Springsman
01-01-2011, 08:10 PM
I sell mine to drug smugglers who try to get drugs past the dogs.:D

MarkinCA
01-03-2011, 12:35 AM
i just add a little water, swirl and toss in the yard

Yep! Same thing, plus I also toss to the apple trees, roses, cymbidiums, and so forth:tu

forgop
01-03-2011, 09:03 AM
Never use a French Press. What are the benefits? I use an auto drip maker with a gold filer, I love the coffee it makes, but what's all the fuss about the press?

I don't know the theory behind it, but it sure is good and liked it out of the french press more so than the Keurig I had. Then again, I like the cold brewing even more because it cuts down the acidity a great deal.

mosesbotbol
01-03-2011, 09:51 AM
Never use a French Press. What are the benefits? I use an auto drip maker with a gold filer, I love the coffee it makes, but what's all the fuss about the press?

Better extraction of coffee since it steeps even with all the coffee. Go to Starbucks and order a cup of coffee from the French Press. Every Starbucks makes them. Ask for the same beans as they are drip brewing and compare the two different methods.

Volusianator
01-03-2011, 09:56 AM
Better extraction of coffee since it steeps even with all the coffee. Go to Starbucks and order a cup of coffee from the French Press. Every Starbucks makes them. Ask for the same beans as they are drip brewing and compare the two different methods.

Thanks, I'll do that.

Mister Moo
01-03-2011, 08:32 PM
Septic-tanker here. A qwik rinse of water into a spent press then swish it into a strainer - dump into compost widget after it drains for a few minutes. Espresso grounds from knockbox to compost thingie.

smokin5
01-03-2011, 08:50 PM
Have you considered sending all your old coffee grounds to PNoon? :ss