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Give Your Beans a 2nd Life! How to Reuse Coffee Grounds

We all know brewing coffee from freshly ground beans is, without a doubt, the best way to prepare a cup of your favourite blend. But what about all those coffee grounds used up in the process, surely they deserve a better send-off than just being flung in the bin?

There is life after brew for your coffee, and here at Doubleshot we’ve tested all the weird and wonderful ways you can reuse coffee grounds. Keep reading to discover some of them!

Say Goodbye to Puffy Eyes!

We all know coffee is great for a little pick-me-up, but are you aware of just how powerful it can be when you apply it directly to your face? No, you don’t need to splash an espresso on your cheeks, just make a paste with your City Blend coffee leftovers while they are still warm and wet. As you sip that cuppa to get your brain in gear, you can spark up your appearance with a little coffee ground paste applied under your eyes.

Perfect for when you had a few too many the night before or if after a bad night’s sleep leaves you with dark circles around your peepers. You can also add other everyday ingredients like pepper and coconut oil to your coffee ground paste for an even more effective formula!

For a Softer and Tastier Steak!

Would you believe that used coffee grounds work brilliantly as a meat tenderiser! It’s true, so fire up the barbecue and great ready to rub that meat with your spent beans. Not only will it make a choice cut of steak more succulent thanks to the sealed crust it creates, but the acidity of coffee also does a great job of enhancing the flavour of the meat.

Your Fruit and Veggies Love Coffee Too!

Consider yourself a bit of a green thumb? Well those coffee grounds could send your herbs and mushrooms to the next level because they are packed full of nutrients that plants simply can’t get enough of.

And not only is used coffee a perfect fertiliser for fruits, vegetables, and fungi, but it’s also a natural insect repellant! That’s right, you can reuse coffee grounds to feed your garden and protect it from pests.

Clean Out the Fireplace the Easy Way!

If you have a fireplace you’ll know just how much of a pain it is to clean out the old ashes. Not anymore, with this awesome used coffee ground hack! Just scatter the grounds over the ash before you start sweeping it out.

Hey presto! The grounds weigh down the ash so it doesn’t lift up into the air in the form of dust clouds and travel around your living room. This makes removing all the ash much easier, quicker, and far less messy.

Don’t Ya Love the Smell of Coffee in the Morning All the Time!

Did you know that coffee is a fantastic deodoriser? Not only does it have a delightful aroma when you brew it, but those old coffee grounds will even absorb less pleasant odours afterwards. Just wait for the grounds to dry first, then start putting them in places that are a bit whiffy.

Take an old stocking or sock and drop a few handfuls of grounds in, then tie it up and hang it somewhere that needs freshening up, like a smelly shoe cupboard or under the kitchen sink. And talking of kitchens…

Natural Scrub for Your Hands and Pans!

Rub some coffee grounds between your hands and you’ll notice it feels a little bit like sand. Combine this exfoliating action with its deodorising capabilities and you have an earth-friendly way to get the smell of garlic, onions, and fish off of your mitts.

You can apply the same method to your cooking pots and pans that have food stuck to them. Just rub some coffee grounds in and it’ll help to break up anything that’s been burnt on and restore that shine.

Anything We’ve Missed? Tell Us How You Reuse Coffee Grounds!

That’s a pretty exhaustive list right there, but we know there are more! We want to hear about all the ways you put your used coffee grounds to work, so go ahead and add it in the comments below. And for those of you still chucking your soggy grounds in the bin, now’s the time to stop!

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There is no shortage of coffee equipment options on the market these days. Some affordable, some stupidly expensive. But what if you have a limited budget, or simply don’t have a sophisticated setup, and want to brew a creamy, airy milky coffee at home? Delgado coffee looks all well and fine on Instagram, but you have a working face of taste buds. What then? Alternative brewing methods, such as pour overs, will give you the rich complex, flavours you need. But, won’t scratch that milky itch. You need some silky micro textured milk in a pinch.

Here is a simple, hack that doesn’t need high pressure espresso machines or even a nespresso style milks steamer.
All you will need is a moka pot, a plunger, a decent grinder and some exceptional coffee and cold milk. Pay attention to the quality of your coffee and grind it fresh.

Tips for brewing with a moka or brikka pot are subjects for another articles, but we will assume that you can brew a decent pot for this article. So, while your pot is brewing away, time to prepare your milk. Pour a small portion of milk into a cup and heat it in the microwave. It’s important to have a light hand with your milk temperature. Nothing worse than burned milk.

While that’s all bubbling and boiling, add about an inch and a half’s worth of cold milk into your coffee press. Now using the plunger, start to vigorously pump it up and down into the milk. You will soon see that the milk will stretch and create a micro texture. (That was the hack, for any slower but still much beloved readers). Finally, pour your coffee, followed by the hot milk into a cup. Lastly swirl the frothed milk in the plunger to combine it, and pour it onto the top to finish. I like dusting the finished drink with a touch of cacao powder, because I like pretty and tasty coffee.

A cold version can be made easily by substituting the hot milk for cold. There you have it folks, nice a easy.