Our first ever harvest of oyster mushrooms

First Time Mushroom Farmers

We’re really excited about all the people unwrapping their Kitchen Gardens gifts today. If you’re one of them, then we really hope you like it, and if you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Espresso Mushroom Company is really new – we only launched our Kitchen Gardens in the summer, and before that have been experimenting with the best ways of growing oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds – none of us are mushrooms farmers by trade, but after hearing the idea thought we should give it a go – so it’s fair to say we’ve learnt a lot in the last 18 months!

This time last year was our breakthrough. We successfully grew (and ate) our first mushrooms at Christmas after months of trial and error. These are some of our first ever coffee grown mushrooms.

Alex with big batch and Robbie after a Christmas mushroom sautee

Alex with big batch of oyster mushrooms and Robbie after a Christmas mushroom sautee

We quickly discovered it wasn’t just the concept of growing mushrooms on coffee grounds that was exciting, actually watching them grow is amazing too; they come in all shapes and sizes, no two mushrooms are ever the same (check out some of our Monster Mushrooms here!), sometimes they grow so fast you feel you can actually see them growing, they can be a deep blue, or creamy brown colour and, of course, home grown tastes best!

Delicate mushroom from our first harvest with mini mushrooms, blue because it was really cold!

Delicate mushroom from our first harvest with mini mushrooms, blue because it was really cold!

With these Kitchen Gardens, we hope to share the experience of being a first time mushroom farmer with you all, in a straight forward way that saves you 12 months of trial and error, and gives you a mushroom feast in a couple of weeks time!

Keep us posted how you get on, and take a look at our recipes for some ideas of culinary delights to get your teeth into, and maybe you’ll be joining our ‘hall of fame’ shortly!

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