Subscriber Spotlight: Yellow Cup Coffee Roasters

Subscriber Spotlight: Yellow Cup Coffee Roasters

in November 20, 2021
Yellow Cup Coffee Roasters

We recently had the chance to talk with Mitch Smith, owner of Yellow Cup Coffee Roasters, about his experience composting with Dirt Wain. Yellow Cup is small batch roaster, focusing on ethically sourced and sustainable coffees, and composting was a natural fit for his business. Thanks for being part of the composting community, Yellow Cup! 

How long have you been composting with Dirt Wain?

I met Brett at a local composting function at Hop River before Dirt Wain was official because I had so many coffee grounds from cold brew that was bogging down my at home compost.  As soon as he went into business, I was a very early adopter (summer of 2019, if I recall correctly). 

How did you have to adjust your routine when you started composting?

No adjustment necessary as I was already trying to compost, although unsuccessfully.

Does it matter to you if a company composts?  

It absolutely does to me!  I only try to spend my money at local businesses who focus on sustainability

What would you want people to know about composting that they might not already know?

It’s harder to do on your own than you think, let a professional do it for you!

What’s the most unusual thing that you think you’ve composted?

Nothing unusual but I always enjoy seeing Dirt Wain posts on Instagram about what you can and what you cannot compost.  Most useful during the pandemic was sanitizing wipes that were required to clean all surfaces before and after use of our roasting space.  I felt horrible about putting them in the trash but then I saw they can be composted!

Are there any other sustainable practices you use in your business?

Like a lot of the coffee roasters doing things the right way, we take a lot of consideration into sustainability in our green coffee buying.  What I am most proud of though is our coffee bags are 100% compostable.  82 days in a well-balanced compost and poof, they are gone.  Very few other coffee roasters are doing this which I can never understand because it was easy and the right thing to do.

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Yoga and Compost at Salomon Farm Park

Yoga and Compost at Salomon Farm Park

in January 25, 2020

This free event is possible through a partnership between Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, Dirt Wain, and Living Yoga LLC.

This event is for ages 16+. The program is free, but space is limited to 30 people and pre-registration is required. Register at or by calling 260.427.6000 and use code 153600.

For this free program Living Yoga LLC will kick us off with a gentle yoga class that is appropriate for all levels, beginner to advance. There will also be an option to participate while seated in a chair if preferred. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Immediately following yoga Dirt Wain will offer a short presentation on the basics of composting. Learn the dos and don’ts of composting, get all your questions answered, and learn how Dirt Wain and Salomon Farm Park have teamed up to do the dirty work of composting for residents!

Both yoga and earth care ask us to be observant participants in the world around us, to be mindful of how we are living and our impact on the world. Are you overwhelmed with all the things you should be doing to be a good steward to the earth and your fellow humans? Reducing our waste, including food waste being sent to landfills, is a good place to start but home composting can feel overwhelming to many. Good news! Dirt Wain, a local composting initiative, removes many of the obstacles. In yoga we create space in the mind and body and begin to experience our connection to everything around us.

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Discover Dirt Wain: A community-scale composting service gaining momentum in Fort Wayne

Discover Dirt Wain: A community-scale composting service gaining momentum in Fort Wayne

in January 16, 2020

Local freelance writer, Tim Zink, wrote an article for Input Fort Wayne about our efforts to build community-scale compost solutions for various individuals, groups, and businesses in the area. The online magazine covers a lot of great things that are happening in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. Momentum is building in many areas, not just in the interest in composting.

We are grateful for the support; thanks, Tim and Input!

Composting has been part of Brett Bloom’s life ever since he got his start as a young boy at his grandparents’ garden.

“Often, my grandparents would have me bury my table scraps in their kitchen garden in the summer,” Bloom says. “I really loved doing that, and there was no word for it. We were just sort of returning the nutrients to the land.”

Little did he know at the time, but he was composting—recycling organic materials into the soil rather than sending them to the landfill where they contribute to the greenhouse gas, methane.

Input Fort Wayne

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Kids Composting

Kids Composting

in December 2, 2019

We asked one of our subscribers—to our drop off service at Salomon Farm Park—if her children were as enthusiastic about composting several weeks after they had started. They were really excited when they started and we wanted to know if this continued. Here is what she replied:

Everyone loves it. They race to the bucket after dinner and always fight over who gets to get out of the car to drop the bucket off!

Salomon Farm Park Drop Off Subscription

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