Put Your Leftover Coffee to Good Use

by Trinity Jimenez

Although I am sure that many of our readers are asking “what leftover coffee?” we have compiled this list of practical uses for leftover coffee and coffee grounds. After all, waste not, want not.

Coffee Ice Cubes

– Instead of pouring your leftover coffee down the sink, try pouring the remains into an ice cube tray and freezing it. The next time a sizzling hot day rolls around, you’ll have your tasty ice coffee cubes ready to go! Make your own favorite smoothie or shake, add some cinnamon, cocoa powder, and some of those coffee cubes for a refreshing, energizing mocha- flavoured treat!


Or if you want to keep it simple, pour yourself a tall glass of homemade ice coffee. Just combine the ice cubes with room temperature coffee, add your choice of milk or cream, sugar, and there you have it: Your own homemade ice coffee!

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The Best of Both Worlds

– Is anyone a fan of hot chocolate and a fan of coffee? If your answer is yes, than you’re going to love this! Try combining both together to experience the tastiest caffeine- filled, chocolatey flavoured cup of happiness! Simply stir the hot chocolate and coffee together until it is well blended, add a little bit of creamer or milk, a dash of cinnamon (optional) and top it off with marshmallow whip cream!



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Pour A little Coffee in your Roast

– Yes, you read that right. As it turns out, you can add one cup of left over black coffee to your meat stew for an octane boost and flavour kick. The coffee also helps give the stew a darker, richer colour.

Compost Coffee

Toss your old coffee into the compost heap! Coffee grounds are an excellent nitrogen source for composting. Anecdotal evidence even suggests coffee grounds repel slugs and snails in the garden.


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Bulletproof Coffee Gummies

– Coffee gummies are a super fun and healthy treat that you can easily make at home.
All you need is:

  • One cup of freshly brewed coffee
  • One tablespoon of butter
  • One tablespoon of coconut oil
  • One tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • Five tablespoons of gelatin
  • Sweetened to taste with stevia, honey or maple syrup.

A little Water, A little Sunlight, A little Coffee

– Sprinkling your used coffee grounds around your plants is one of the best ways of reaping the benefits of coffee in the garden. When watering your indoor plants over the coffee grounds, a bit of nitrogen will seep into the soil. Gardeners who do this say it invigorates their houseplants like nothing else!


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In terms of using coffee grounds on outdoor plants, the grounds tend to attract worms who like to eat them. The worms will go through the soil aerating it and leaving castings behind in their wake. This is a good way to make a hard clay soil more friable.

“Age” Paper

– Have you ever seen a treasure map, or an old scroll? The edges of the paper always look worn out and discoloured. If you were ever wondering how to create that effect yourself, simply dip a paint brush into an old cup of coffee and gently rub it across the edges of the paper and then leave to dry. Once it is dried your piece of paper will have a super cool rustic look to it.


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Naturally Stain Your Wood with Coffee

All you’ll need is

  • 1 cup of coffee grounds (the darker, the better)
  • 1 ¼ cup of boiling water
  • Coffee filter
  • Mesh strainer
  • Whatever piece of wood you want to stain
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Towel or rag

For further instructions visit: http://wholegreenlove.com/2013/09/14/how-to-stain-wood-naturally-with-coffee/#sthash.zYwXh6qV.dpuf

Add Coffee to Your Baking Recipe

– Did you know that instead of adding milk or water to your baking mixes, you could just add your left over coffee to give it that extra flavour that we all love! Often times when you eat an incredibly rich brownie or slice of cake, the chances are that the secret ingredient is coffee. The distinct flavour of java regularly enhances countless baked goods and deserts. Especially chocolate ones!


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Coffee + Ice Cream = Creamy Heaven

– Add your left over coffee in with your milk when making homemade ice cream. All you need to muster up your own batch of this creamy delight is:


  • 1½ Cups Whole Milk
  • 1½ Cups Heavy Cream
  • 3 Large Egg Yolks
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Strongly Brewed Coffee
  • 1 Teaspoon Instant Espresso
  • 5 Ounces Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur (optional)

For more info about this recipe check out: http://theculinarychronicles.com/2011/08/05/godiva-coffee-chip-ice-cream/

Give Me That “Coffee” Look

– Although using natural methods and remedies to dye your hair doesn’t always maintain a long term effect, it’s definitely the healthier alternative instead of using chemicals on your hair and scalp. Here are some tips on how to dye your hair using coffee.

  • Make really strong coffee, preferably espresso.
  • Let your coffee cool down.
  • Mix 2 cups of leave in all natural conditioner with 2 tbsp. of coffee grounds and 1 cup of cold brewed coffee.
  • Apply the mixture onto your hair and leave it in for about an hour. It will give your hair a beautiful chocolate color without any damage.

As for rinsing your hair, coffee is also an option. Simply shampoo your hair first and then pour coffee over your hair. Leave it in for 20 minutes. Use apple cider vinegar to rinse the coffee out of your hair (it will help seal in the color). Then rinse it off with warm water.

If you don’t see the desired results right away, repeat the same process for a few days in a row to allow the coffee to penetrate the strands of your hair.

Info provided by: http://www.lahealthyliving.com/natural-remedies-remedies/how-to-use-coffee-to-dye-your-hair/

Do you have any other uses for leftover coffee or coffee grounds? Tell us in the comments section!


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