Many individuals within BUNN travel around the world to conferences, coffee shows, tea shows, etc. These events are packed with interesting gadgets and products, and most come back with a cool souvenir. Kris Houser, the Director of Marketing Communications for BUNN, peaked my interest with her latest National Coffee Association Convention find- a gourmet grow-at-home mushroom kit. Some individuals had the chance to learn about this product from one of the inventors at SCAA Symposium in April too! This isn't any mushroom kit, but it's a kit that grows mushrooms entirely of coffee grounds. Coffee and sustainability- I had to learn more!
Back to the Roots, the manufacturer of the kits, was started by two friends who got the idea for their company during a college lecture. According to Back to the Roots website, the founders, Alejandron Velez & Nikhil Arora, "came across the idea during a class lecture of being able to potentially grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds. Inspired by the idea of turning waste into wages & fresh, local food, they experimented in Alex's fraternity kitchen, ultimately growing one test bucket of tasty oyster mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. With that one bucket, some initial interest from Whole Foods & Chez Panisse and a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, they decided to forget the corporate route, and instead, become full-time urban mushroom farmers!"
The Grow-at-Home Mushroom kits allows families to grow oyster mushrooms at home in just 10 days. Look at the mushrooms Kris's kit produced! (Hopefully, she will share!)
These kits not only grow mushrooms, but they promote sustainability by using coffee grounds as the soil. The coffee grounds aren't wasted, but instead recycled to create tasty mushrooms. Back to Roots even upcycles shipping pallets to create merchandising units for their kits in retail locations. The company looks to share their passion and education about sustainability with their One for One campaign. For every person who posts a photo of their mushroom crop from their Grow-at-Home kit, Back to the Roots will donate a kit and sustainability curriculum to an elementary classroom of the consumers choice!
If you would like to grow your very own mushrooms check out the Back to the Roots website.
Thanks Kris for sharing your cool convention find!
Difference between Picture 1 and Picture 2 is 24 hours!