Is it possible to reuse coffee grounds twice? More than once? If you hate the idea of trashing coffee grounds, you may have contemplated reusing them. The good news is that there are plentiful ways you can reuse coffee grounds. But before you use your grinds for the second, third, or sixth time, it good to know the following:
- Coffee is over-extracted or burnt when you instantly reuse your grounds. The resulting brew is often very bitter and astringent.
- The resulting brew is often weak and dull in flavor if you let your grounds to cool down and dry out before using them later.
Luckily, there are ways to enjoy a perfect cup of joe after reusing your grounds. Here is what you can do to dodge that bitter taste and weak flavor:
- Cover them as they cool. This helps hold the remaining flavor.
- Let the grounds cool down. This will prevent them from burning.
- Don’t tamp the second time. If using your grounds for espresso, don’t even bother to reuse them. The resulting brew will not taste good anyway because the grounds have already been weakened.
- Don’t reuse more than two times. You will not enjoy your brew. It will be a waste of your valuable time.
Can you reheat coffee?
Yes, but it is not advisable. The only time it is ok to reheat is when craving coffee and have no fresh coffee ground in the house.
But why is reheating coffee not welcomed? It is straightforward! Any time you reheat, all appetizing aromas, flavors, and oils are removed. That means the resulting brew will not be great. If you have to reheat, we recommend reheating in a pan on the stove.
Ways to reuse coffee grounds
Here is how you can use our coffee grounds:
- To fertilize your garden: Coffee grounds are naturally acidic, and you can leverage them as an alternative to artificial fertilizers.
- To create and remove smell: Coffee grounds are an excellent alternative to air fresheners in the market. They make your house smell good. Is that not great? You can also use them to remove bad smell. For example, you can use them to remove the bad smell in your fridge in no time. All you have to is place them inside your refrigerator. It is that cheap and straightforward to eliminate bad odor in your fridge.
- To improve skincare and complexion: Need a hand in the beauty department? Coffee grounds will not disappoint. They have been used multiple times to address skin and complexion related issues, and there is no way they will backfire on you if you follow the right guideline. Here are various ways you can use them to look more attractive:
- Get rid of puffy eyes: You can use coffee grounds to get rid of puffy eyes fast. Just wrap cold coffee grounds in a towel and place them under your eyes for about 20 minutes.
- To scrub your face: Mixed with a facial cleanser coffee grounds can really do good work in removing dead skin.
- To improve the structure of your skin: Caffeine in coffee helps tighten your skin. So instead of buying expensive creams, why not use coffee grounds?
- As wood furniture polisher: You can quickly turn coffee grounds into a wood furniture polisher. To do that, soak used grounds for a few hours and filter them into a large glass. Then add about 100 ml of olive oil and two tablespoons of strained mixture and stir for roughly 30 seconds. There you have your polisher!
- To repair wood scratches: Some people claim that a mixture of coffee grounds and olive oil can make scratches go away. We are yet to test that, and we would be happy if you can test the mixture and share your experience.
- To attract and repel insects: You can use coffee grounds to trap insects such cockroaches as they really love coffee. For example, you can put some in a jar that they can’t crawl out of and leave it overnight. By morning that jar will probably be full.
Mire ideas of what you can do with leftover coffee.
You can as well use coffee grounds to protect your plants from snails and slugs. Just scatter the grounds around the plants, and you will never see them near your plants again.
As you can see, there are countless ways of reusing coffee grounds. So, before you trash them next time, see how you can put them into good use. Have a burning question about reusing coffee? We would be happy to answer.