You’ve made your coffee. Now what? You could bin the used pod or you could squirrel them away likes nuts for the winter, and summer, and spring, and autumn. All our packaging is certified biodegradable and recyclable, but the grounds contained within can be put to some pretty awesome uses. Here are our favourites.
In the garden
Forget fertiliser. If you grow azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses or other acid-loving plants, used coffee is a great alternative. Mix your old grounds with dead grass clippings, brown leaves, or dry straw to neutralise some of the acidity then spread them around your plants. Used coffee grounds add nitrogen and potassium to the soil as well as a boost of magnesium that all plants need to stay healthy.
On your skin
A coffee scrub made from 1 tablespoon used grounds, a pinch of cardamom, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil works wonders in the neverending fight against acne and cellulite. Mix up a batch and store it in a clear jar to use twice a week.
For something a little more luxurious, mix 2 tablespoons used coffee grounds with an equal amount of organic cocoa powder. Add 3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream and a tablespoon of honey for the perfect all-natural alpha-hydroxy and antioxidant facial.
Or keep it purely business by using old coffee grounds to remove the smell of garlic, fish or onion on your hands and under your nails.
In the kitchen
Used coffee grounds can be used like baking soda for absorbing food odours in the refrigerator. Just load up a small open container with your old grounds and place it in the back of the fridge. Swap it with new coffee grounds every month or so for that freshly brewed refrigerator scent!
Used grounds are also great as an abrasive cleaner, so if you want to make your dishes or stovetop shine or you food residue that just won’t come off, sprinkle some of the grounds on a damp cloth and rub away.
In your food
The average Jo drinks their coffee and moves on. The awesome Jo uses the old grounds to tenderise their meat. The acid in the coffee works a bit like lemon juice, breaking down the tough bits. For an amazing steak, marinate in olive oil and coffee grounds overnight and then wipe it off before you cook.
Or make the most amazing bbq rib marinade with 1⁄4 cup used coffee ground, 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon sweet paprika, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon granulated onion and 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Marinade overnight and then grill to perfection.