Every time we make a perfect espresso we generate coffee grounds. Some people dispense their grounds in their Crema Pro knock box (if you’re lucky enough to have one!), others the kitchen bin. Others add to grounds to their composting and everyone knows that you are not supposed to wash it down the plug hole. But did you know that there are other ways in which you can re-use your espresso grounds?
Read on and see how many additional uses you can find for your grounds!
1. You can use your coffee grounds as a natural deterrent for slugs and snails around your garden – As the grounds dry, it creates a barrier that the slugs and snails can’t crawl over, plus your garden smells delicious.
2. You can add herbs and spices to coffee grounds to make a ‘Meat rub’ or marinade. There are a bunch of recipes on the internet – take a look at this ‘Coffee Rubbed Ribeye’ https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/coffee-rubbed-rib-eye-recipe-1916521
3. Coffee grounds have a naturally abrasive texture so they are excellent for cleaning pots and pans, especially cast iron cookware. This will enable you to keep your pans clean without the use of chemical cleaners.
4. Staying with the abrasive quality of coffee grounds, it can even be used to exfoliate your skin. It can be added to any regular moisturising cream and the cream will then become an exfoliant. Coffee grounds are a common additive to expensive soaps and scrubs so why not make them yourself?
5. You can treat your hair with coffee grounds. Doing so may stimulate hair growth whilst increasing the shine and adding depth to dark hair (according to this website!) https://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Coffee-Hair-Treatment
6. You can use coffee grounds to cover furniture scratches – your grounds plus a cotton swab could be the perfect fix for your medium dark furniture - https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/use-coffee-grin-118686#comments-118686
7. Without doubt, my favourite use for coffee grounds is feeding worms. This article is about a farmer who feeds 120,000 worms each week with 20kg of coffee grounds. The worms process the grounds and improve the soil in the process. On a smaller scale you could do this in your back garden and improve the soil in your vegetable patch in a natural, free and sustainable way. The article is here - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-21/coffee-loving-worms-munch-through-old-grinds-for-pastures/9562628
As you can see there are many uses for coffee grounds and the best thing of all is that it’s a great excuse to make another perfect espresso – simply to harvest the grounds!
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