sustainable grounds

sustainable grounds

after you prepare your pot of morning coffee or make a batch of cold brew, you’re left with a delicious elixir of life but also… coffee grounds. most people might toss them right into the trash without another thought, but there is so much more life in those grounds and they can keep enriching your life instead of sitting in the landfill. we’re always looking for ways to improve our environmental impact as a company, and coffee grounds were a great opportunity to explore the ways that coffee can benefit us beyond the cup. 

there are so many options for using old, spent coffee grounds in your own home. today we’re highlighting a few of our favorites + showing you how we upcycle our only waste product- coffee grounds! 

grow your green thumb

used coffee grounds are a gardener’s best friend. or house plant parent for those of us in apartments. composting is a wonderful way to keep some of your kitchen scraps and paper out of the garbage, while creating something that can feed your plants and make them super happy. there are many different kinds of composting methods- some of our favorites are bokashi & vermicomposting- and there’s a method that can work for anyone. when composting coffee grounds, treat it as a “green” material- it will add nitrogen to your compost bin, so balance it out with plenty of “brown” material like shredded paper. 

chaff in a composting bin

while composting the grounds first is recommended, you can also add small amounts of them right to the soil of your garden or potted plant as a light fertilizer. just don’t use too much at once, a thin layer is plenty. you can try sprinkling the ground with coffee grounds to deter slugs, as it works as a mild pesticide too! 

shower wake-up

coffee grounds can wake up your body in a whole new way when you add it to a body scrub. if you’re the diy type of person who likes to pamper yourself- this recipe is for you. this scrub is energizing and exfoliating and the caffeine can have a little plumping effect to perk up tired skin. 


1 cup coffee grounds

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup coarse salt

½ cup sweet almond oil (or other non-comedogenic oil)

mix all your ingredients up in a bowl and start scrubbing! for our visual folks, click here to see a step by step of how to get your scrub on ;)

if you have any  left over you can store it in the refrigerator and use within a week.



our grounds

our coffee grounds are what makes kavnia delicious, but they’re also a chance for us to give back to the earth. we’ve always been looking for ways that we can upcycle our by-products, from composting chaff from roasting to re-purposing coffee bags. back when we were just shipping locally we were able to come up with a pretty neat system

after extracting the best cold drip on earth, we transformed the spent grounds into ice packs. yup… homemade ice packs. frozen grounds sealed in biodegradable film pouches was what was used to keep kavnia cold while it’s in transit. once it arrives our customers could thaw and add to their compost or gardening projects, giving the grounds yet another life!

now that we’re dripping nationwide, our grounds have found a new home. we’ve been working on a brand new partnership with a local business, creating a more sustainable and equitable food system in chicago. soon you’ll hear more details about how they’re pioneering the food system from production, to distribution, to waste. 

the way we repurpose our coffee grounds is just one piece of the puzzle. with every step of our production, we’re asking questions and looking for ways to do better. and encouraging our customers to look at coffee differently is part of that! so don’t toss out those grounds, start a compost bin or get your diy on and make the most out of your coffee.