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Topic: Workflow - Cleaning your Coffee Press (9 msgs / 365 lines)
1) From: Michael Vanecek
I swirl with water and pour around one of my plants. It really doesn't 
alter pH enough to worry about, especially if you're organic, and the 
grinds are very nutritious for the plants. Every day, different plant. 
If you pour them into your garden beds, earthworms will slurp them up 
like candy too...
Cheers,
Mike
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2) From: Steve Hay
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I put mine down the disposal.  Is that bad?
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3) From: Tom Ogren
I fill one-third full with tap water, walk out to the yard, then holding the
press upright, I swirl the water counterclockwise twice and with a smooth
sweeping motion I invert the press and scatter the grounds on the clover
(for my dead homies). I feel really pleased if I leave fewer than a dozen
granules, which I then rinse down the drain. Piece o' cake. I like to think
of myself as 'fond of the ritual' rather than completely obessive
compulsive.
~TO in VA
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4) From: Vince Doss
On 6/6/06, Tom Ogren  wrote:
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Ok...that is just funny, but this may be best idea for me.
What are we? a bunch of OCD/AADDHD, and other acronyms on here?...or what?
Thanks for all the feedback on cleaning my FP...Let's review:
Coffee grinds "may" not be bad for disposals ( I have a disposal) but are
food for the bad things in our water system.
I recently had my lines snaked to the tune of $250.00 because my 25' snake
wouldnt reach the clog at 35' so I am bit reluctant to send grounds down the
drain.
I had thought of using the old filter basket to dump the grounds in and let
them drain but then I would have to dump the filter basket (see original
problem).
Roses like coffee grounds.
Earthworms like coffee grounds.
I really should compost.
Thanks
Vince
-- 
At some point between French and fire, it really doesn't matter much what
the "origin character" of the coffee was ...
Tom Owens - Sweet Maria's

5) From: Peter Schmidt
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Vince,
From my experience......
Almost two years ago, when I began homeroasting I started brewing =
exclusively w/ a FP.  Typical consumption is three brews per day, 22g =
per brew.  Many days more brews, for guests.  Each brew was disposed of =
in the kitchen sink through a garbage dispenser (as my looney aunt likes =
to call it).  The fact that the grounds are going into a disposer, IMHO =
is a moot point, based on the clogs I found and the size of the grounds.
About 8 months into the homeroasting, I had to snake my drains.....  =
Plenty of grounds.  Almost a year to the day after that, same =
thing......  snaking out clogs, plenty of grounds.  The clogs were =
obviously not all coffee grounds, but the grounds certainly were a =
contributing factor.
My conclusion is that a sink drain is not a good place to get rid of =
coffee grounds.  BTW, I always made sure I followed the grounds with =
lots of water to flush.
How I dispose of the grounds now is thus.....  I add just enough water =
to the press so the grounds can swirl, and dump into a quart-size =
container - looks like a cottage cheese thing.  After a few days it =
fills up, but is half liquid.  The liquid can be poured off, and a few =
more days fits in.  Then when the container is all grounds, it goes out =
into the garden or flower beds.
I'll wait and see if my annual snake-fest will become more sporadic, but =
this has got to help based on what I found in the pipes the last two =
times.
peter schmidt
  On 6/6/06, Tom Ogren  wrote: 
    I fill one-third full with tap water, walk out to the yard, then =
holding the press upright, I swirl the water counterclockwise twice and =
with a smooth sweeping motion I invert the press and scatter the grounds =
on the clover (for my dead homies). I feel really pleased if I leave =
fewer than a dozen granules, which I then rinse down the drain. Piece o' =
cake. I like to think of myself as 'fond of the ritual' rather than =
completely obessive compulsive. 
    ~TO in VA
  Ok...that is just funny, but this may be best idea for me.
  What are we? a bunch of OCD/AADDHD, and other acronyms on here?...or =
what?
  Thanks for all the feedback on cleaning my FP...Let's review:
  Coffee grinds "may" not be bad for disposals ( I have a disposal) but =
are food for the bad things in our water system.
  I recently had my lines snaked to the tune of $250.00 because my 25' =
snake wouldnt reach the clog at 35' so I am bit reluctant to send =
grounds down the drain.
  I had thought of using the old filter basket to dump the grounds in =
and let them drain but then I would have to dump the filter basket (see =
original problem).
  Roses like coffee grounds.
  Earthworms like coffee grounds.
  I really should compost. 
  Thanks
  Vince
  -- 
  At some point between French and fire, it really doesn't matter much =
what the "origin character" of the coffee was ...
  Tom Owens - Sweet Maria's 

6) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
On 6/7/06, Peter Schmidt  wrote:
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I would like to add to this discussion on the grounds/drain/dispose issue
with a point of interest about flushing the gounds and or other
substances...
I recently took issue with another gentleman regarding the correct or better
way to flush refuse down a disposal. The refuse was leftover grease from a
breakfast gathering (bacon, sausage, hot-links and fried potatoes, typical
guy food). Mr. X wanted to flush it with hot water to get it way down the
drain. I suggested instead to use cold water in order to solidify the liquid
before it had time to coat the drain pipes.
If you are using hot water to flush your grounds you could be helping them
to adhere to the pipes instead of slipping past the globs of lard, soap
renderings and other block building substances already starting to collect
close to your bends and curves in your pipes.
May be slidding off topic slightly off topic, but this may help save a
plumbers visit, and most of them won't appreciate your quality coffee
anyway.
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
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7) From: Vince Doss
My plumber gave me this:http://www.statewidesupply.com/index.htmlOn 6/7/06, TERRY TITSWORTH  wrote:
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At some point between French and fire, it really doesn't matter much what
the "origin character" of the coffee was ...
Tom Owens - Sweet Maria's

8) From: Sandy Andina
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I've been washing my coffee grounds down the disposal for 19 years  
and never had a clog.  And if they end up as a culture medium down at  
the sewage treatment facility, so does all food waste you send down  
the drain....so why even HAVE a disposer, much less use it?
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Sandy
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I've been washing my coffee =
grounds down the disposal for 19 years and never had a clog.  And if =
they end up as a culture medium down at the sewage treatment facility, =
so does all food waste you send down the drain....so why even HAVE a =
disposer, much less use it?
On Jun 7, 2006, at 10:54 AM, =
Peter Schmidt wrote:
 From my = experience...... Almost two years ago, = when I began homeroasting I started brewing exclusively w/ a FP.  = Typical consumption is three brews per day, 22g per brew.  Many days = more brews, for guests.  Each brew was disposed of in the kitchen sink = through a garbage dispenser (as my looney aunt likes to call it).  The = fact that the grounds are going into a disposer, IMHO is a moot point, = based on the clogs I found and the size of the = grounds. About 8 months into = the homeroasting, I had to snake my drains.....  Plenty of grounds.  = Almost a year to the day after that, same thing......  snaking out = clogs, plenty of grounds.  The clogs were obviously not all coffee = grounds, but the grounds certainly were a contributing = factor. My conclusion is that = a sink drain is not a good place to get rid of coffee grounds.  BTW, I= always made sure I followed the grounds with lots of water to = flush. How I dispose of the = grounds now is thus.....  I add just enough water to the press so the = grounds can swirl, and dump into a quart-size container - looks like a = cottage cheese thing.  After a few days it fills up, but is half = liquid.  The liquid can be poured off, and a few more days fits in.  = Then when the container is all grounds, it goes out into the garden or = flower beds. I'll wait and see if = my annual snake-fest will become more sporadic, but this has got to help = based on what I found in the pipes the last two = times. peter = schmidt  On 6/6/06, Tom Ogren <togren> wrote:I fill one-third full with tap = water, walk out to the yard, then holding the press upright, I swirl the = water counterclockwise twice and with a smooth sweeping motion I invert = the press and scatter the grounds on the clover (for my dead homies). I = feel really pleased if I leave fewer than a dozen granules, which I then = rinse down the drain. Piece o' cake. I like to think of myself as 'fond = of the ritual' rather than completely obessive compulsive.  ~TO in = VA Ok...that is just funny, = but this may be best idea for me. What are we? a = bunch of OCD/AADDHD, and other acronyms on here?...or = what? Thanks for all the feedback on cleaning my = FP...Let's review:Coffee grinds "may" not be bad for = disposals ( I have a disposal) but are food for the bad things in our = water system.I recently had my lines snaked to the tune of = $250.00 because my 25' snake wouldnt reach the clog at 35' so I am bit = reluctant to send grounds down the drain.I had thought of = using the old filter basket to dump the grounds in and let them drain = but then I would have to dump the filter basket (see original = problem).Roses like coffee grounds.Earthworms like = coffee grounds.I really should = compost. ThanksVince 
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9) From: Michael Vanecek
A lot of the clogging problems may lie in the drainage layout. A 
straighter run means less trouble. And yes - there's way worse in the 
water-treatment facility than grounds - but then, as good as grounds are 
for your plants, you're basically throwing away fertilizer while 
spending money to buy fertilizer. Sprinkle the grounds around selected 
plants and/or across the lawn and put that to work for you rather than 
flushing away a pretty good resource.
Cheers,
Mike
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