Coffee grounds can really add up for a business that specializes in making coffee. Michele Parkhurst, chief operating officer of Kaladi Brothers Coffee, says their cafes typically generate between 200 and 300 pounds of coffee grounds every day.

Parkhurst said those grounds used to end up in the trash, but since June they’ve been set aside as part of a pilot project to make compost for a farm camp in Talkeetna.

“It creates a lot of used coffee grounds, and they are dense, and they are heavy, and typically they just go in the garbage,” Parkhurst said. “So this is a great way to move them away from the garbage and find a way that we could reuse them.”

ALASKA WASTE IS DONATING THE RIDE AND THE CONTAINER THAT HOLDS 6000 POUNDS OF COFFEE GROUNDS

By Friday the company had accumulated 6 tons of coffee grounds. An Alaska Waste truck, which is donating its services for the pilot program, picked up the container full of grounds to make the trip north. The load is headed to Gateway to the Arctic Camp where director Ray Nadom said it would be put to good use on the 101-acre farm that works with young adults with disabilities.

“The fields that we use right now, they need nutrients and nitrogen, so we are going to spread some of that on there,” Nadom said. “And the rest is going to go on our composting piles, which by next summer should be in good enough shape, close enough to soil, that we will be able to spread that and expand where we grow and what we grow, which is great.”

Parkhurst expects the program to continue next summer.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated there were 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds. 

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