“Waste Not, Want Not” was a motto that was popular back in its day. It’s getting more airtime nowadays, with the recession making penny pinchers out of spendthrifts.
Why Save Leftover Coffee?
It may sound strange to do something out of a product nobody wants (like stale coffee,) but simple living has its advantages. For instance, something like coffee can be used in coffee-based drinks, or as the means for boosting the flavor in a cake. Instead of brewing a fresh pot for a recipe or craft, re-using existing material means less resources wasted, less money spent and the satisfying feeling of using everything. But what to do with leftover coffee? We’ll give you some examples below.
Good Use From Cold Coffee Dregs
While some hardened frugalistas will just pour themselves a cup of stale coffee and microwave it, most will agree the results are often disgusting. Fortunately, here are some more appetizing solutions to prevent waste of an often-expensive drink.
- Freeze leftover coffee into ice cubes. The resulting coffee-cubes can be thrown into a blender to make yourself your own frozen Frappucino® or Iced Cappucino®.
- Use as ice cubes in another iced coffee drink, like a Brown Cow, with coffee liqueur, or as cubes for non-alcoholic iced-coffee. As the cubes melt, they won’t dilute the coffee flavour of the drink.
- Instead of water, use it when making chocolate cake: The strong coffee flavour darkens the cocoa, and yields a rich tasting, mocha chocolate cake.
- Make pumpernickel bread with it: The dark brown colour of that bread is from cocoa and coffee; most dark breads have coffee used as an ingredient. Find a reliable bread recipe and put leftover coffee to good use.
Make an Exfoliating Coffee Body Scrub
It may sound weird making a scrub out of used coffee grounds. However, any exfoliant is made from some kind of gritty substance to remove dead skin, such as ground peach pits, salt, sugar and sometimes, even sand. Coffee grounds provide the same texture and have the advantage of not causing any toxic skin reactions that commercial, perfumed exfoliants often yield – assuming the person using it does not have an allergy to caffeine, that is.
Turn Used Coffee Grounds Into an Exfoliating Scrub
The basic ingredients of any body scrub are broken down into the following contents: One part aggregate to one-half part moisturizer. It’s not really recommended to mix used coffee grounds with cold cream or hand lotion; the perfume or any existing oils can mix with the grounds and yield a mucky mess. A natural oil, like almond, grape seed or canola can still make a soft mix. The salve below can also be used as a facial or foot scrub, too.
How to Make A Gardener’s Salve from Used Coffee Grounds
- Pour coffee grounds into measuring cup, and note how much it yields.
- Pour the coffee grounds into a bowl.
- Select your choice of cooking oil, (like canola) and pour half the noted amount into the bowl. For instance, if the coffee grounds come to one cup, pour a half-cup of oil into the bowl.
- Stir the mixture, and then apply to dry skin and rub in gentle, circular motion with fingertips.
This was often used as a solution for dry and chapped hands from hard-core gardening friends. Rubbing the oily, gritty mix between their hands over a sink as though hand-washing may not have looked pretty, but it did yield some impressive results after rinsing.
What to Do With Leftover Coffee? Use it!