Honeybees and Coffee Grounds

I noticed a few honeybees collecting coffee grounds from my compost bin the other day when it was 50 degrees in January. I’ve heard many times that they do this, but I had never seen it until then. I posted it to FB and the speculation and conjecture began immediately. Comments ranged from “That is very bad for them! Remove the coffee at once!” to “They may be after something we don’t know about.” I can’t be the only person out here with coffee grounds on a compost pile, and I tend to think the bees know better than me.

 

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Author: brucelovesbees

I keep honey bees in Reading, Bernville, and Fleetwood, PA without treatments, feed or foundation. I love to garden and observe Wasps, Bumble bees, and ants. I also raise mealworms for my Eastern Spotted turtle and myself.

2 thoughts on “Honeybees and Coffee Grounds”

  1. I will have to include this in my tests. I drink quite a bit of coffee and so would have many grounds available to place make available. They look like they are still moist so I will make sure it is similar. How close is the compost to the hive?

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