If you are here, then you must be a lover of coffee like myself. Since I am the only dedicated coffee drinker in my house, I end up dumping a lot of leftover coffee down the sink. I figured there had to be uses for old coffee, so I set out to discover some ways to repurpose old coffee.
What to do with old brewed coffee:
- Coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate. Next time you mix up a recipe that includes chocolate, add a few ounces of dark brewed coffee or espresso to the ingredients.
- Use it as a marinade for a roast instead of a can of cola or beer.
- Occasionally use it to water your plants. I have done this from time to time, it seems to keep the plant happy.
- Use 6 cups of dark brewed cooled coffee to dye your hair! Soak your hair for 30-60 minutes, then rinse, don’t shampoo. The longevity of the color will vary, and obviously the color will not be permanent.
- Replace the water in cake, muffin, brownie, waffles and pancake recipes (or any other baked goods) with brewed coffee.
- For fruit smoothies, use brewed coffee instead of milk. I typically do a yogurt and juice mix for my smoothies, I’ll be adding a bit of coffee going forward!
- Use it to make an amazing iced coffee or coffee smoothie……….so yummy!
What to do with old coffee grounds:
- Coffee grounds can be added to compost piles, but did you know that you can also add them directly to your plants?
- Use the old grounds to lightly exfoliate your skin, remove some icky skin and leave your skin refreshed.
- The grounds can be used as a deodorizer. Place a bowl of used grounds in your fridge, or even in your car. Or, place some dried grounds in your shoes to remove the odor.
- Massage some grounds through your hair when shampooing, it will add a nice shine to your hair.
- Use the coffee grounds as a household cleaner to scrub away tough messed. Just beware that you don’t use in on light surfaces as it may stain.
There you have it, a bunch of ways to reuse your old brewed coffee and coffee grounds. Try a few out and let me know if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. I will do the same for you. Enjoy exploring the many uses of used coffee!