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Coffee grounds

Postby longri » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:44 am

I've always thought that dumping or burying spent coffee grounds was on par with doing the same with food. In the High Sierra it seems to me to be a bad idea. But I know many people who do this. So am I wrong? Is it actually just fine to sow this form of compostable material in the Sierra, at least in some types of terrain?



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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby balzaccom » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:43 am

It's a bad idea. It attracts animals to your campsite, for starters.

Most backpackers I know don't take grounds anyway---they take VIA
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby sparky » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:50 am

No you are not wrong. Tell your friends coffee grounds is NOT exempt from the "pack it out" rule.
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby rlown » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:18 pm

come on. seriously? they're not gonna grow, and you don't have to dump them 20' from your tent. you spread them 100 yards away from where ever you are (or next to Markskor's tent) and they dry and die.

it's biodegradable.
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby John Dittli » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:33 pm

rlown wrote:it's biodegradable.


So are orange peels....
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby rlown » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:34 pm

i actually pack out orange peels.

Maybe we need a list.. :)

Actually don't want a list. seems silly. Don't leave a mess. do what is right. simple.
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:43 pm

Boo-hoo- my post ended up in the big black hole of computer land. If it mysteriously shows up, hope I do not contradict myself!

It depends. Common sense should prevail. If you are in a heavily used established campsite, then I would not do it. If I were off-trail in a site where once I leave it is not likely anyone will come along for weeks, then I would scatter the grounds, making sure they will not wash into a lake or stream and make sure they are not visible. If I were in a big group of 10 people and we all had grounds, then I would more likely say we all should bury them in our cat holes. I scatter tea leaves; I use instant coffee so grounds are not an issue.
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby John Dittli » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:05 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:Boo-hoo- my post ended up in the big black hole of computer land.


I HATE it when that happens! ](*,)
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby caddis » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:36 pm

At this rate, we'll be told to pack our urine out too. :rolleyes:

I won't be surprised to see a reverse osmosis urine filter win editors choice in Backpacking Mag. soon :\
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:36 pm

Don't drink coffee and you will not pee so much.
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby longri » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:56 pm

Interesting, I assumed it had to do with the load added to the environment, not how it would affect other people. I was thinking of the animals, plants, microbiota. If it's only people that matters then burying it really well (maybe in the morning cathole) would be just fine, along with any extra food.
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Re: Coffee grounds

Postby Jimr » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:03 pm

If you can pack it in, you can pack it out.
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