New Life to Used Coffee Grounds

The increase in coffee consumption does cause questions on how grounds are disposed of by coffee shops or by households every day.

Recycle your used coffee grounds as fertilizer for your plants.

Simply sprinkle some used coffee grounds onto the soil surrounding your plants.

Depending on how you utilize them within the right conditions, the grounds enhance the soil, or to make a pest-controlling mulch could also be good for plants.

The advantage of using the grounds as fertilizer is that it adds organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention, and aeration within the soil. They contain several key nutrients required for plant growth, as well as attracting worms and reducing the concentrations of heavy metals within the soil.

Will coffee grounds acidify your soil?

The acid in coffee beans is water-soluble. So, it’s in your cup of coffee, not the used grounds that's being acidic. The grounds are pH of 6.5 to 6.8 which is pH neutral.

Before you begin adding the grounds to your soil, you would want to test your soil with a simple pH test kit to ascertain more or fewer grounds to your compost or mulch what it actually needs.

Using them as mulch directly on your soil can inhibit water retention and air circulation, and have a negative effect on plant germination and early growth. But the indirect use of them can have just the other effect.

There is the 20% rule: Apply one part of grounds to four parts of other organic material.

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OCM ( was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link). 

In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM

Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube

For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG

For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN 

PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).

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