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Revive plants seeds of success

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Revive recycles used coffee grounds into all-natural plant food.

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How does your garden grow?

Who among us hasn’t needed a pick-me-up coffee to give them an energy boost at some point?

To be honest, I reckon that on this site there probably aren’t many.

Now a great new start-up business is extending that philosophy beyond the coffee shop … and into the garden.

The team behind Revive spotted the amount of coffee grounds being chucked out in cafes, bars and restaurants and came up with a plan to recycle it into all-natural plant food.

They’ve been working on the idea for a couple of years after initially coming up with it while at Strathclyde University. And now they’ve graduated they’re turning it into a full-time venture.

The team behind ReviveI caught up with the team behind the product – Fergus Moore, Scott Kennedy and Rebecca Richardson ­– at their launch event to find out more about where it came from.

“We were all working in cafes, bars and restaurants at the time,” Fergus told me, “and we saw how much food waste there was, so that was the starting point.

“Now we’re working with places like Tinderbox and Social Bite as well as the University of Strathclyde’s campus cafes to collect grounds. Even that allows us to collect a huge amount of used coffee – tens of kilos every day.”

The idea was a hit from the early days, with the team being sent from Strathclyde to an international business plan competition in Texas. They won an award to recognise breakthrough ideas along with some cash to back their plan.

“That was the kick up the backside to tell us this was something we could run with,” said Fergus.

“It was on the plane home from the US that we realised this idea had legs and the potential to be something,” added Rebecca.

And so the business has grown from there.

Used coffee grounds are picked up by the Revive team from coffee shops across Glasgow, dried out and then packaged along with some other plant-nurturing ingredients. The end result is already on sale in the pop-up Dear Green Cafe in the Briggait along with other stores. Even its packaging reflects its caffeinated beginnings, with the feed being sold in bags more frequently seen filled with brand-new beans.

“We all studied entrepreneurship,” Scott told me, “so that really helped us. But probably the biggest thing has been to have had experienced people coming up to say there’s definitely something in this – that’s given us a lot of confidence.”

Sadly first-floor tenement living doesn’t lend itself to having a garden, meaning I’ve nowhere to try out the feed’s coffee-based properties, but Revive seem to have hit on a great idea to reduce waste – good luck to them.

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