FREMANTLE is the coffee capital of WA, with its main strip colloquially referred to as the Cappuccino Strip.
But what many caffeine addicts would not know is that only a little of the coffee bean ends up in the cup. The rest is discarded.
Two locals are looking to change that with their urban mushroom farm concept Life Cykel.
Julian Mitchell and Ryan Creed collect tonnes of coffee ground waste from local cafes, using them to grow fresh, gourmet oyster mushrooms.
For every 5kg of coffee grounds, they can grow one kilo of mushrooms which are then on-sold back to local restaurants, markets and an online store.
Mr Mitchell said the project “ticked all the boxes” with what they were passionate about.
“Providing healthy food in the form of delicious mushrooms, re-using an industry’s waste product that would otherwise go to landfill and creating food locally to reduce the need to import, which in turn reduces our carbon footprint, and contributing to local business and the economy by employing local people,” he said.
“Our short-term goal is to be consistently producing 100kg per week along with 200-300 grow your own mushroom kits, but longer term we hope to grow a lot more than this.
“What has made this whole process so enjoyable is the support we have received from the local coffee shops and currently we have 12 coffee shops that are ready and waiting for us to come and pick up their coffee waste.
“Fremantle has a great culture around caring for the environment and living sustainably and so there’s no better place we feel to have Australia’s first urban mushroom farm.”
The duo are looking to grow their project further with the help of a Start Some Good campaign, needing $30,000 to lease a commercial space in the area, fit it out and to buy growing material.
They have raised more than $18,000 so far.
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