Mushrooms and Coffee?

Mushrooms are not something that come to mind when you’re making a dash for your morning coffee. But my local Peet’s has recently started stocking a grow-your-own-mushroom kit that uses their recycled coffee grounds. “Just add water, and presto! roughly 20 mushrooms appear and are ready to eat in a week.”,  says the New York Times. (Here’s a photo of what your mushroom colony could look like.) Might make for an interesting family project. I bet a lot of kids would think it’s pretty cool especially since you get to start harvesting your mushrooms so quickly. I find myself at once intrigued and a little creeped out by the idea of DIY mushrooms so I’m still thinking this one over. Have you tried it? We’d love to hear how it went!

To start your career as a mushroom farmer, just head over to your friendly neighborhood Peet’s (Whole Foods or Andronicos) You can also pick up a mushroom grow kit online, direct from BTTR Ventures, the entrepreneurial effort of two recent Cal grads with a passion for sustainable food. Each week, they reclaim 7,000 pounds of grounds for their mushroom farming projects. BTW: The nice folks at Peet’s are pretty cool about sharing their grounds for your other compost/gardening needs, too.

Happy colonizing!