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Innovative Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

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The brewed facts

Coffee is the most popular global beverage, prized for its aroma, flavors and caffeine. It is believed to originate from Ethiopia, brewed from roasted beans of the coffee plant. Did you know that drinking coffee daily increases your metabolism from 3 up to 11%?

Coffee has been found to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which is great news if you’re a daily coffee drinker. But is there any way to reuse all those precious coffee grounds?  

Good news! With these helpful tips, your coffee experience doesn’t have to end with the last sip!

Can you reuse coffee grounds to brew coffee?

We know. We love our cup of Joe! And who wouldn’t want to keep the sips everlasting? If you’re an active drinker throughout the day, why worry about using too much coffee and having to replace fresh ground on every brew when you can reuse your coffee grounds for a second pot? 

Keep in mind that every brew will weaken the taste more and more, though adding a top-up after every 2nd to 3rd cup can help to maintain the flavor.

It is also important to note that the openness to air can cause the build-up of bacteria. So it is recommended to dispose of your grounds every day and never use grounds exposed to air for too long.

How to reuse coffee grounds?

Coffee Grounds Srub - Dellaria's Food

Enhancing lifestyles: make your own coffee scrub

  1. Your self-care regime is a must! With its gritty and acidic properties, coffee makes a great exfoliant for ultra-smooth skin. Create a body scrub with basic items from your kitchen by adding a few tablespoons of spoons for coffee grounds, your favorite natural oil and/or brown sugar, mixed together and stored in a mason jar; use whenever you need! 
  2. It is said that coffee also helps to dehydrate cells, so using your homemade coffee scrub can help to combat unsightly cellulite. 
  3. Into aromatherapy? There is nothing more soothing than the indulging scent of coffee in the air. If you’re into crafting, add coffee grounds to your candle-making projects, and you’ll never want to use essential oils again!

Helpful Housekeeping 

  1. Adding flavors to our meals is always key to making dinners delicious. Did you know you can incorporate coffee grounds as a meat rub to impart a rich smoky flavor? Additionally, the acids, when cooked, tenderize the meats while boosting the flavors of beef, brisket or ribs. 
  2. Baking soda isn’t the only thing useful to keep around the house to deodorize key spots in the house. In comes, your dried used coffee crumble to the rescue. 
  3. Coffee tends to soak up odors around. That’s why it’s always suggested to best keep bags or containers well sealed. But here’s a quick tip you may have never thought of. 
  4. Keep an old jar of dried coffee grounds in the back of your fridge to keep food smells limited and smelling fresh! You can also sprinkle some at the bottom of your kitchen bin to keep odors from lingering out.

Fertilizer from Coffee Grounds - Dellaria's Food

How to reuse coffee grounds?

  1. Use your grounds to make a wonderful fertilizer that adds nitrogen to your plants and enriches your soil. 
  2. If you are searching for a way to get rid of pests like ants, slugs, or snails from your property, then sprinkling used coffee grounds around the affected areas should do the trick. 
  3. Have a backyard veggie garden? Here’s an interesting fact: root vegetables love caffeine. The next time you grow and harvest root vegetables, keep your pre-used coffee grounds (dried) nearby for a boost in growth!

So, you don’t have to throw out your used coffee grounds the next time you make a brew. These all-natural, non-toxic and inexpensive strategies are easy to implement. So the next time you’re brewing your favorite coffee and inside what to do with the grounds, remember these tips on creative ways to repurpose it.