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Coffee compost for your nitrogen-loving plants

April 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Spring gardening time has arrived! If you have nitrogen-loving plants like azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendron, blueberries, asparagus, radishes and carrots, adding used coffee to your soil will give them the fertilizer they need to flourish. Note USED, not fresh, grounds as the pH level of fresh can be harmful to many plants and should not be used alone but in a healthy mix of compost. You can buy compost using our coffee at Weavers Way Co-ops (“Henry Got Compost”) or make your own.¬†Good quality, homemade compost is made by mixing 2/3 carbon-rich ingredients (such as dried leaves, eggshells, cardboard, straw, shredded

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Customer Highlight: Common Grounds

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Common Grounds in Oaklyn, NJ is a cafe you definitely want to seek out if you haven’t already. They have great coffee (ahem…) and their food is delicious and comforting, especially their muffins! The staff is always friendly and the music makes you feel pretty good too. Their quote wall is the best; one worth the mention is “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes a big difference”-Winnie the Pooh. They are in the process of rebuilding an antique truck for mobile coffee and treats available for any event. Be sure to check it out at Oaklyn’s Final

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Partnership in Bloom at the Flower Show!

March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

For a number of years now, Philly Fair Trade Roasters has taken our food waste (coffee grounds, filters, chaff, banana peels) to Saul Agricultural High School on Henry Avenue. They turn our waste and others into high-quality compost and use it in their crops and in the bedding for their animals to deter pests. We recently found out that they are using our compost in this year’s Flower Show! They also sell the compost at various outlets — as Henry Got Compost!

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Get our new Philly Co-op Coffee to support area co-ops!

March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you go to your local Philadelphia area food coop, look out for a special blend now available that gives back to the community. Philly Coop Coffee is a perfect blend of our smoky Peruvian french roast with the sweet nuttiness of our Honduras. For each one pound sold, $1 will be contributed to the Philadelphia Area Coop Alliance, a non-profit that is focused on improving the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses and the cooperative economy. Many of the best-known members are the area food coops where many of you may shop. Find

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