How to Grow Mushrooms in Coffee Grounds

Mushrooms grow in all sorts of waste-related places: you can grow mushrooms on a rotting log, on newspaper, on cardboard, in sawdust or even in coffee grounds. The organic material on which mushrooms grow is called the mushrooms' substrate, and used coffee grounds work well for this purpose because they are a good consistency and they've already been recently sterilized during the brewing process. Using this method, you can grow your mushrooms indoors, as long as the temperature inside is cool.

Grow mushrooms in coffee grounds that you'd otherwise discard after using.

Step 1

Fill your bucket with coffee grounds. Note how full the bucket is, and draw a line at the top of the coffee grounds. Empty the bucket, and put the coffee grounds back in their original container.

Step 2

Drill several holes around the bucket about halfway between the fill line you just drew and the bucket's rim. These holes will give the CO2 released by your growing mushrooms a place to escape, since you'll be covering the top of the bucket with perforated plastic.

Step 3

Refill your bucket with your coffee grounds. Place your mushroom spawn into the bucket, on top of the ground. Mix the two materials together to "plant" the mushroom spawns.

Step 4

Cover your bucket's lid with a layer of cellophane. Poke air holes in the cellophane with your pen. This will keep your mushrooms' environment appropriately moist, and will still allow air to get to them, too. You drilled the extra holes earlier, also, to make sure enough air gets to your growing mushrooms.

Step 5

Remove the cellophane cover once a day to lightly spray your coffee grounds with water. Replace the cover when you are done.

Katherine Harder

Katherine Harder kicked off her writing career in 1999 in the San Antonio magazine "Xeriscapes." She's since worked many freelance gigs. Harder also ghostwrites for blogs and websites. She is the proud owner of a (surprisingly useful) Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University.