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5 Ways To Reuse Coffee Grounds

Monday, December 16, 2013


Alt: What will you use your coffee grounds for?

Coffee grounds are an untapped resource. We all know that those beans make a great drink, but what else are they good for?

If you run a mobile coffee franchise, you going to find yourself with a whole lot of grounds, and you might not really know what to do with them. You could throw them away, but it’d be such a waste, wouldn’t it?

  1. Green Fingers

Coffee is a garden wonder product. It is amazing. Your used grounds are full to the brim with nitrogen which is essential for growing things. You can use it to compost, encourage worms and just generally make your garden greener and your work easier. And you’re reusing something you would have sent to landfill otherwise. Doubly green!

All you need to do is add some grounds to your compost and it’ll work as a catalyst to all that goodness. The nitrogen will help the process intrinsically, and worms basically can’t get enough of that coffee.

If you’re not very green fingered yourself, you could always offer your mobile coffee franchise customers those beans. Pack them up into little takeaway bags and give them away. You’ll be doing your bit for the environment and who doesn’t like getting something for nothing? 


Alt: Used grounds make an excellent addition to your gardening routine.

  1. Deodoriser

As you’ll know, coffee absorbs every smell within a 16 miles radius. And that is only a slight exaggeration. While that might be a bit of a pain in the keeping coffee fresh stakes, you can put the grounds to great use absorbing all the unpleasant smells that you just don’t want around.

Lay some grounds out on a baking tray and pop them in the oven to dry them out. To remove cooking smells from your hands, just rub them through your palms and into your fingers before rinsing. You can keep your trainers coffee-fresh by putting some of the grounds in a small net bag and popping them straight into the shoe. No fuss, simple, better smelling feet.

  1. Dye

Coffee grounds can do more than just stain your cup. The coffee dye can be used for all sorts of things.

If you’re a brunette or a dark red head, coffee can add shine and depth to your locks. To make your own treatment at home, start by brewing about half a cup of strong coffee. Let it cool down a bit – the heat will damage your hair. Wash your hair with shampoo, and towel dry. Mix in your cooled down coffee with some of your favourite conditioner. Cover your hair in the mixture and leave for around fifteen minutes before rinsing clean.

If you’ve got light brown or blonde hair the coffee treatment might not work as well, and you could end up with a patchy colour. It works much better as a stain than a proper hair dye – if you want to change your hair colour dramatically, speak to a hairdresser.

  1. Cleaning product

The abrasive quality of coffee grounds makes it an ideal cleaning product. And because you’ve already used the grounds to make stellar espresso at your mobile coffee franchise, the whole thing cost you basically nothing. Rub a few grounds into a pan (as long as it isn’t treated as non-stick), and you’ll find all those burn on bits of last night’s dinner come away with no trouble at all.  

To clean fire places, sprinkle some coffee grounds on the ash. The slight dampness of the grounds will help to clump the ash and stop everything flying up in the air.

  1. Repel... all sorts of things

All sorts of creatures aren’t terribly fond of coffee. Fleas and ants really, really don’t like coffee for some reason, and neither do slugs or snails. Just sprinkle your used grounds wherever you’re having insect issues, and the little nightmares should clear off.  

Cats also don’t really like the smell of coffee.  Whether it confuses their territorial nature or they’re just more into tea, we couldn’t say. If you lay some grounds down in your garden though, it should keep the felines at bay.

Make your mobile coffee franchise a greener place by reusing your used grounds today!

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