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Coffee Waste as a Solution for Urban Organic Farming

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The Terrakopi Team of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia conducted a coffee waste-based community service activity in Dukuh Village, Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, late last month. This location was chosen because it was considered suitable as a model for urban farming due to its limited green open space.

In this activity, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia team conducted organic farming using the Terrakopi planting media system, which is the development of planting media that uses coffee waste and other waste processing as plant fertilizers. Other wastes that can be used as mixed materials include mushroom waste, cocopeat, manure, liquid fertilizer, and biometrics. The Terrakopi growing media system can be used to grow vegetable, fruit, and nut seedlings with an individual composition for each seedling to achieve planting optimization,

‚ÄúThis Terrakopi community service activity is based on the high amount of coffee grounds waste produced in urban areas and the need for planting media that is able to meet organic agricultural products in urban areas. From the existing problems, a formulation was made that can turn the coffee grounds waste into something useful, namely as a planting medium,” said Retno Lestari as the Chief Executive of the activity.

According to Retno, the utilization of the Terrakopi system has great potential to increase vegetable and fruit farming activities in urban areas. The series of Terrakopi activities began with the socialization of Terrakopi making so that the community could better understand the procedures for making it. The series of activities continued with the implementation of the theory and experimentation of mixing Terracotta ingredients by the community.

In this activity, the Terrakopi Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia team was assisted by 10 students and several human resources from the Pandu Cendikia Foundation. Terrakopi’s community service is expected to be able to reduce coffee waste in urban areas to be converted into quality environmentally friendly planting media. In the long term, this activity is expected to encourage the community of Dukuh Village, East Jakarta to be economically empowered independently by utilizing waste materials around them.

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