Participating cafés bag ’em up for customers in need of fertilizer for their gardens. It can also be added to compost piles. They’re usually in a large basket or bucket near the register or by the front door.
Just be sure to verify the sign first or you may walk out with a bag of coffee beans by accident and find yourself in really hot water.
If you’re unsure, just ask a friendly barista for assistance. The availability varies by store, as to when they put them out. Sometimes you’ll find several bags and other times it will be empty for the day. The best part is that with so many locations, it’s easy to check multiple cafés on your travels.
In its 20 years, Grounds for Your Garden has evolved to become an important part of Starbucks effort to reduce the environmental impact of its stores. Although composting may not be commercially available in all municipalities, the program serves as another way to reuse coffee grounds.