It's that time again where I do maintenance on our roaster. How much you're roasting, the types of beans you're roasting and how you are roasting the beans will determine how often you'll be doing maintenance and upkeep.
Depending on the beans... you can get a quick build up of chaff. So what the heck is chaff? Coffee chaff is the waste product that is the hull or skin from the bean. It reminds me of the roasted Spanish peanuts....you know when it has that skin that covers it. Well you get a lot of chaff from coffee beans.
And...it clings to E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! Doesn't matter what you have on...it will stick on like static. Needless to say, it's fun fun fun to clean up. (Said no roaster ever)
However, it's great for gardening. Since we are now in Arizona, I want to reach out and find some local urban gardens that could use it. The coffee chaff is great for gardens. Some of the benefits; It is high in nutrients especially nitrogen, speeds up the growth of vegetables especially tomatoes and it wards off harmful slugs and snails.
Most people are aware of the benefits of the coffee grounds for the soil....now add some coffee chaff in there as well. I'm off to search for a gardner who would like some coffee chaff.
Make it an awesome day.