This project is about growing mint at bars to have stabil quality, reducing trash and giving the possibility to grow a diversity of different mint plants. The two main parts are going to be logistic problems and how to attract attention about doing this.
So wouldn’t it be nice to walk into a bar where the bartenders grow their own mint?
To harvest mint all over the year you have to grow them with artificial light and controllable temperature. So the best way might be to build a grow box like a hydroponic that could be located in the storage room. Pests are also a problem that should be solved because you wouldn’t breed birds or other natural enemies in your storage room.
Just telling people that you grow something isn´t as fascinating as if they can see it. So there should be some plants in the bar that are attracting attention. Maybe it dosen´t matter if your actually using them. It´s just a visual part of the bar that let the people ask you about.
I plant six different mint in my kitchen ( where i don´t have a window) and installed grow LED´s to get some experience in growing.
I´m a bartender at „Barroom München“. So I have some experience in working behind a bar and the opportunity to ask guests about their wishes and ideas. Also I know some other bartenders and already told them about my concept and got some feedback.
(update 15.06 ….)
Bars are ……
So it´s quite hard to make it fit for all of them, but it should.
Now “Why is it nice to see that a bar grows its one mint?”. That was a question I asked my costumers in the bar where i work the last weeks. The answer had been the most of the time that it shows up the crafting skills, the passion and the professionalism of the bar and its bartenders. Against such bars where they just opening pre bottled cocktails and serve them on ice.
Also it´s more tangible for them to talk about mint and its diversity instead of discus about cold drippers, dust, smoking guns, rotary evaporator and so on. Telling your costumers about the diversity of mint fascinate them because moste people think mint is mint, but it isn’t.
So growing and harvesting your mint by your one shows up that you are really like what your doing and that you are interested in improve yourself even in something “simple” and daily like mint.
Because the main interests or fascination is the handcrafted part the “pot” should look like the bartenders take care of their mint. That´s the reason why I developed three different concepts:
(must haves are light and water-tank pot)
#1 Showing the irrigation system
The water level can be seen to control if it´s enough.
#2 Mint diary
There is a place for a small book and a scissor at the pot to show up your “mint diary” where you right down thinks like: How much water you poured. How much you harvested. If there are any problems.
#3 The gauging mint-pot
There are different gauges integrated in the pot to measure the water-, PH- and temperature-level to give it a scientific look.