The coffee, once dry, can be easily crumbed into separate grains. To add some random patches of rich brown soil and decomposed plant matter to a base, use random patches of glue, then cover the base with a layer of coffee.
Coffee can be found in many colors. The range of colors is even greater after the coffee in used. The roast, grained, style of brewing used and country of origin can all affect the end color. My advice is to get as much variety as possible and work with blends. The grain to grain color variation will add to the natural feel of the resulting terrain peice. Here we see the first layer of coffee laid down on these bases are each from a single source. When working in layers, it is often useful to put down different colors as the lowest layer or base cote. The upper layers for both will be of the same blended lot. This helps with consistency while adding subtile variety.
Shifting the coffee through several different screen sizes can allow one to further gain greater variety and better control over your materials. Here we see the unsifted blend at the bottom center and three different size groupings from course to fine, from left to right across the top.
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