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Bexleyheath coffee shop conjures up idea with horticultural benefits

PUBLISHED: 09:27 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:09 08 April 2014

Sisters Sharon and Michelle Stacey are pictured with Love Coffee Anthony Fredericks at his coffee shop in Broadway Shopping Centre.

Sisters Sharon and Michelle Stacey are pictured with Love Coffee Anthony Fredericks at his coffee shop in Broadway Shopping Centre.

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A coffee shop has concocted a perfect way of recycling some of its by-products to the delight of green-fingered customers.

Love Coffee in Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath, is offering to hand over coffee waste to gardeners as part of the new eco-friendly scheme.

The great green give-away is the idea of café manager Anthony Fredericks, 32, who opened the business a year ago.

He said: “Each day we end up with about four or five kilos of grounds from the fresh coffee we serve.

“Most companies just bin it but, as part of our eco-friendly and organic beliefs, we think it can be very useful for gardeners.”

The coffee nitrate content is enjoyed by worms which help turnover the soil.

Cats and birds, for example, are likely to stay away from the grounds.

Mr Fredericks also added: “We’ll be bagging up the grounds and letting gardeners have it on a daily basis. It will be on a first come, first served basis, all completely free of charge.”

Sharon Stacey, 41, a member of the Bexley Federation of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, admits she will go to Love Coffee to pick up the waste.

She said: “I’m certainly planning to go in regularly and get my free bag’s full.”

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