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Defeder signs an agreement with Eboca for a more sustainable future thanks to coffee grounds

Defeder, a company that produces 100% organic products for agriculture and animal feed, and Eboca, a company specializing in coffee vending machines, have reached a collaboration agreement to give coffee grounds a second life.

With this important initiative, both companies apply the circular economy strategy wanting the coffee grounds to become organic fertilizer and not end up in the trash, since it is estimated that in Spain around 20 million tons aree generated per year of coffee grounds, of which approximately 70 tons are produced by Eboca machines.

According to Joaquín Saila, Defeder’s manager, “Coffee grounds act as a disinfectant with their acids and organic matter. They leave the soil spongy so that when applying any other product the activation of the product is facilitated”. Humic and fulvic acids, in addition to the organic matter of the coffee grounds, serve to improve the structure of the fertilizers produced by the company.

What are the advantages of using coffee grounds for compost?

Coffee grounds contain nutrients and many benefits for soil fertility. These are the main ones:

1. They provide nutrients: Coffee grounds contain nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are essential for plant growth.
2. Improve soil texture: Coffee grounds can improve soil structure and help maintain moisture.
3. They help control pests: Some pests, such as mosquito larvae, avoid acidic soils. Plus, they contain an acidic pH, which can help keep these pests away.
4. They are biodegradable: These grounds break down easily and do not generate non-biodegradable waste.
5. They are cheap: They are the leftovers from the coffee that we prepare, which is a good way to take advantage of everything. It’s time to give coffee a second life!

Learn how to recycle your coffee grounds and turn them into compost

Coffee grounds can be used as a compost to improve soil fertility and provide nutrients to plants. To compost coffee grounds, these are the main steps:

• Let the coffee grounds air dry for a few days so they don’t stink.
Mix dried coffee grounds with other composting materials, such as dry leaves, grass clippings, and food scraps.
• Place the resulting mixture in a compost bin in the garden.
Monitor the mix regularly to ensure it is breaking down properly.
Use the coffee compost on your house or garden plants when it has finished breaking down.

It is important to remember that coffee grounds should be used sparingly, as they can be very acidic and can alter the pH of the soil. It is also advisable to mix the coffee grounds with other composting materials that you will find in Defeder to prevent them from becoming a compact mass that is difficult to handle. Long live coffee!

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