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coffee grounds for fungal growth?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by growingdeeprootsorganicly, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    i just wanted to share my discovery with the forum and hopefully not skive any body out in the process!?

    i'm constantly trying to get my girl freind/wife to clean out the coffee maker after every so many brews and at lest not to leave the grounds and filter in over night till the next brew, we have one of those cheapo makers most people have, i was wondering about the build up in the bottom of the filter holder, the part where the coffee filters through and out the hole in the bottom, i was noticing after making a pot that the filter holder had small amount of build up in it, black coffee staining/deposits on it.

    i scratched off a tiny piece with a knife and dropped it on a slide to view under the scope, WoW, thats all i can say! the fungal complexes where numerous, rivaling the best fungal teas i ever viewed,

    first thought was i hope their not pathogen fungi, or something that can hurt us, never, never have gotten sick though, knock on wood!!

    needless to say that coffee maker is trash it was only one year old, bought new one.

    i wonder what fungi coffee helps encourage in a worm bin/compost setting?
    it seems to be perfect food for microbes,?

    now ever body go check your coffee makers! LOL:)
  2. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    I feed my worms the spent coffee grounds all the time.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Lots of people actually collect grounds from Starbucks etc. to spread on their lawns.
    The filter holder housing can be washed as opposed to throwing away.
  4. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    I am drinking out of a new one this morning as well, 2 slides and I seen more than I want to see. I tryed some bleach and soap and it was just time for a new one. funny thing is that the boiling hot water does not sterilize it all that well, how does solarizing kill off anything.
  5. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766


    i see you take your coffee with a little fungi too?
  6. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    It shows you how ubiquitous bacteria and fungi are, it is in everything.

    The big names in home supplies like proctor and gamble are making a fortune off of bactericide tissues and such, there ain't no such thing

    I wonder if your south american fungi speaks spanish or portugese, it could be south african coffee or asia too

    Maybe we could teach them tricks like how to clean the coffee machine
  7. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    yes well now we use a glass and stainless french press and the whole thing goes into the GE dish sanitizer. we also tried the old scoop and stare, with several other items around the house, disposal was the worst out of all, second was the door nobs, and third was the phone, the soles of my shoes had less grown on it than anything, tooth brush was ok, toilets were not so bad, pillow, which i though were going to be bad were ok also.

    now for the kicker, we went after all aspects of germs, lysol is only a temp fix and only on contact, bleach and water works good, the real killer was soap and hot water. it seemed like every one just burst and died. any who, we live in a microbial world, and I can only hope that the things we do to "fix " the problem are not worse than the "germs" in the first place.

    ps the brewer was almost the cleanest thing around after it gets washed.lolol
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    also has any one ever had serval coffee, the Cherri gets cleaned with the intestine of a cat.............
  9. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    No but we just bought a one half serval cat on Saturday, he actually may be more than one half, his name is Simba, I also like to call him "el tigre" he is marked like a cheeta, they are called savannah cats
  10. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    thats too cool Bill, now grow some coffee and feed him the cherries and you will get "el tigre" beans from the other end.LOLOL dont you lust love a cool pet, our tride has grown in leaps and bounds, the new farm is real turning into a farm. say meow real loud for me.

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