Gardeners are sure to dig this freebie! Have you ever wondered what Starbucks does with all of those used coffee grounds? Well, guess what? The ubiquitous café just gives ’em away for FREE. as part of its Grounds For Your Garden program. Participating locations simply bag ’em up for customers in need of them for their garden or compost pile.
The used coffee grounds are usually in large silver bags with a label and can be found in a basket or bucket near the front door. Be prepared, the bags can sometimes leak.
As a result, you may want to be prepared with a large plastic bag in your car to transport them home. Otherwise, you might find a very large coffee stain in the backseat of your car.
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 — both in time and quantity. Some days, you’ll find several bags and other times it will be empty. The best part is that with so many locations, it’s easy to check multiple cafés in your travels.
On occasion, they can also be found at locations within other stores — King Soopers, Safeway and Target.
In its more than 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.