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Coffee grounds find second life

From the November 2016 issue.

A pair of Australian entrepreneurs is turning the coffee industry’s waste into their own golden opportunity.

Life Cykel

Julian Mitchell and Ryan Creed live and breathe the proverb “waste not, want not”. Earlier this year the former health professionals turned waste entrepreneurs from the Australian city of Perth started Life Cykel, a business dedicated to reducing coffee waste by using it to grow mushrooms.

Mitchell says it was after reading mycologist Paul Stamet’s presentation “Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World” that he had a “lightbulb moment”.

“[Stamet] talked about food production and mentioned the volume of coffee waste and its potential to be a good nutrient for fungi growth,” Mitchell says. “I did some research, read his books, conducted some trials, and found a business proposition that could work.”

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