GroCycle is a project launched by Fungi Futures CIC, an innovative social enterprise based in Devon.
After 2 years of growing mushrooms from waste coffee, we are still inspired by the simplicity and scale of the opportunity. We also know that we want to spread the idea further, so we created the UK’s first Urban Mushroom Farm to test our ideas, and have designed a set of products to enable you to grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home from waste coffee. We hope you enjoy the process!
Best wishes, Adam and Eric
To find out more about what drives us, check out our Food for Thought page.
Our aim is to keep coffee waste out of landfill by using it to grow gourmet mushrooms, produce fertile compost, and biofuel.
We’ve come some way since our first year when we collected 5 tonnes of coffee grounds from cafes in Plymouth. The café staff took some while to get used to the sight of us walking off with their waste on our backs!
The GroCycle project is all about finding innovative ways of meeting our aim – whether this is through GroCycle Kits, GroCycle Workshops or an Urban Mushroom Farm.
GroCycle is part of the growing movement of Social Enterprise, where the focus is on business as a positive force for social or environmental good, rather than simply profit.
We operate as a not for profit Community Interest Company, which means that all income we receive goes directly towards our aims. Any surplus we make is ploughed straight back into developing the idea further and maximising our impact
How are we doing?
We’ve worked hard to develop a business model that reduces the amount of coffee grounds being buried in landfill. At the same time we’ve been growing delicious food and engaging people in the process. Most of the time it works very well, but there’s always room for improvement – so let us know how we’re doing.