Wondering where all of your spent coffee grounds go?…

photo 1photo 2We met up with Beth, Joan, & Phillip at our partner farm, the Peace Garden, to get an official tour of where all of our used coffee grounds go!  The Peace Garden is located in between the 15 & the 805 freeways in an urban, repurposed area.  This group partners with a local church, Adams Avenue bike shop, and nearby schools to create this beautiful community 3photo 2One of our Bean Brain fans, Joan, approached Steve & Laurie about using our spent grounds for the community garden compost about a year ago.  She said that she previously was picking up from local coffee shop, Twiggs, but that she wished to collect organic grounds only so she made the switch to Virtuoso.  And we sure are happy she did!  We divert about 30 gallons of used coffee ground waste from our landfill and this beautiful garden is able to use them to make tasty, nutritious 1Virtuoso Staffers, Vanessa & Amanda, visited the farm as they are our staff experts on the subject of farming and all things sustainable.  These girls had a blast learning about the garden’s permiculture, no till garden boxes, composting technique, heirloom varieties of crops, and tons 7photo 5photo 6Vanessa sits underneath a shady fortress that Philip built out of used bicycle rims, provided by Adams Ave Bike Shop.  Here, cucuzzas grow up these recycled trellises and provide a shady space for groups of kids to learn in the garden on a hot day. photo 4photo 3photo 8Beth tells us about her vision for the long term plans for the garden – a bigger worm composting faciliity, adding chickens to the mix, and an outdoor kitchen for community members to share garden grown meals.  She also invites bean brains and the rest of the community to join her on the first Friday of every month for a potluck with garden 9photo 10Our coffee grounds go into this hot heap! THe grounds are mixed in with other organic materials to make a potion of nitrogen & carbon, steamed at a high of 120 degrees to create a nutrient rich soil additive.  All natural!photo 11Thanks Peace Garden!

Visit them at 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA  92105 or at their website here.



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We sent in our Organic & Fair Trade Certified Guatemala for the Coffee Review contest of the month and got back a 90 point score! Our coffee was one of only three that were submitted as organically certified!

Read the article on Guatemalan coffees here.

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One of our sustainable agriculture partners, Naturally to Your Door, provides community members with delicious CSA boxes that include our organic and fair trade coffee 12oz bags.  Owners, Vic and Marissa attended the first Fig Fest San Diego at the San Diego Public Market on Sunday. The Fig Fest showcases California figs and dishes prepared by the top chefs of San Diego. They were able to savor gourmet food samples from local chefs and bakers paired with wine. They enjoyed smoked figs, plums and whipped goat’s cream with vanilla and sea salt from Beaumont’s eatery, fig & cauliflower from The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge, cream cheese panna cotta with honey glazed figs from Nine-Ten, fresh figs with bleu cheese, bacon and honey from Bellamy’s, spiced biscotti with figs, honey and toasted almonds from Biscuit Gourmet Biscotti, and so much more! Vic and Marissa also got to say hi to their friends and sample Fig Jam from Jackie’s Jam and cooled off with some refreshing cold water from Solar Rain. We learned that figs are so versatile you can serve them in salads, stuff them in specialty cheeses, wrap in meats or cook in sauces (yummy fig reduction) to pair with grilled meats, or chop/puree to add to baked goods . So yummy!

The Public Market is just down the street from us so be sure to check out our community market that brings local, delicious, fresh foods to our neighborhood!


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