What Can You Do With Coffee Beans

What Can You Do With Coffee Beans? 19+ Amazing Uses For Coffee!

Other than the plain old obvious of making your fave cuppa Joe just what can you do with coffee beans? It is a viable and great question — those cool exotic coffee beans can be expensive and my old adage of being thrifty is “waste not, want not”.

In this article I will show you what to do with old coffee beans, what to do with unused coffee grounds, how to refresh old beans and a lot more.

Stay tuned to learn some pretty neat alternative uses, like making a coffee face and body scrub, a hair treatment and how to use coffee to remove those bags and dark rings around your eyes!

There are a lot more we can do other than just beauty treatments. Keep reading to find out 20+ great uses for coffee beans.

What Can You Do With Coffee Beans? Let’s Start With What To Do With Fresh Coffee Beans

I’ll be honest with you here, warmly, lovingly and absolutely honest it is absolutely amazing the dozens and dozens of uses that you have some are absolutely just brilliant from composting to beauty treatments.

Let’s get rocking with what you can do with fresh coffee beans.

1. Mix Body Scrub:

Ladies first. The acidic content of Coffee Grounds and the grit like texture ensures that fresh coffee are great exfoliators.

The antioxidant content is a fabulous additional benefit also. You can easily make your own Body Scrub.

Ingredients Needed: 

Used or fresh coffee grounds.

Natural Oil, Coconut Oil is great.

Brown Sugar.

What To Do With Fresh Coffee Beans
You can make a natural body scrub with coffee!

2. Removing Hair Product Residue:

Obviously, something my Sweet Vietnamese girlfriend has more use for that I do. Dry Coffee grounds are great for getting rid of sticky residue on your hair left over from haircare products. Rather than using apple cider vinegar, which is highly acidic you can simply add a few dry grounds into your haircare products and mix them in and viola.

The residue sticks to the coffee grounds and not your hair!

3. A Natural Deodorant.

Coffee grounds are natural absorbents of odors, which is why you need to keep your coffee bags and containers sealed shut. Even your grinder!

Used beans, that are left over used coffee beans can be used to your advantage and help keep your home smelling nice, clean and fresh.

All that is needed is a nice open small jar kept around your home in inconspicuous places.

Got stinky drains or pipes?

Throw down a few tablespoons of used coffee remains with a couple of drops of soap and boiling hot water. This has a double benefit of breaking down the greese and reducing the smell from your drains.

Don’t do this too often. Once per month is enough. You will want to avoid accidental clogging of your drains.

4. Make Your Own Toothpaste:

This one is really easy. Simply grind up your coffee beans and combine with baking soda and salt. Add essential oils if desired. It makes an awesome toothpaste. Just remember to store it away from children as they may swallow small amounts.

5. Fix Furniture Scratches.

Simply use a q-tip and dab it in a water and coffee ground mix then dab the scratch with the q-tip, wait around 10 min and buff up with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary

6. Jazz Up Your Compost.

Spent coffee grounds are rich in minerals, vitamins and importantly, nitrogen, they are very rich in nitrogen. Minerals in coffee include calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium. Using your left over coffee residue will help you to enrich your compost.

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7. Use Them As A Fertilizer For Plants And Flowers.

Coffee grounds are high in Nitrogen so adding them to your garden soil will give your plants all the nutrients they need. They’re perfect for growing flowers especially roses. If you don’t have any leftover coffee grounds throw them out after brewing because they contain caffeine which could harm your plant.

8. A Natural Pesticide:

A number of insects, bugs and pests do not like the acidic scent of coffee. This can be a double benefit of its use in your garden and your home. For best effect spread a 2 inch thick line around areas of your house where pests are. Replace the line every two weeks.

This works like a charm in my coffee shops in the ant hill of Vietnam and Cambodia. I have staff put that around the inner perimeter. The ants disappeared. Double bonus is that air freshing effect of absorbing odors I spoke about earlier!

9. Coffee Candles:

Love making candles? — Then go for it with coffee. Use coffee grounds as a candle making ingredient.

Coffee Bean use in this manner is great as when the candle burns down it will burn the grounds also and release the great coffee scent.

This FYI, a great secondary use of those expensive single origin roasted coffee beans. Notably, your artisanal product will look fantastic and unique.

What To Do With Unused Coffee Grounds
You can make candles with coffee grounds

10. Winter De-icer.

Great for a green conscious people in cold areas where it gets rather chilly during the winter. Coffee is natural non-toxic alternative to many of chemicals or corrosive salt used. The nitrogen content lower the freezing point and works as very cool grit, creating extra friction.

There is no environmental concern due to being full of compounds that are great for the environment. You can either sweep up the remains and use a second time in your compost pile or sprinkle them in your garden as a fertilizer.

What To Do With Unused Coffee Grounds

There are many uses for unused coffee grounds, many of which are a continuation of the above list.

1. Flea Removal For Your Pooch.

It turns out that fleas really don’t like coffee at all. With your coffee you have a 100% natural alternative to the chemical and prescription treatments. Simply rub the grounds on your dogs fur after shampooing, rinse well and then let your pet dry off as usual.

This is something you want to do outdoors and at the far side of your garden or public hose at or near car wash.

My point being you don’t want fleas exiting your dog and being stuck in your home. Do not let your dog consume coffee as it is toxic for them and will make them sick.

2. Use It As A Cleaning Product:

Coffee not only has antibacterial properties, they are also abrasive and thus can be used to scower your sink, pots, pans and general cookware. You can even clean your grill with them.

Yes,

who would have known or guessed that coffee can make for great non-chemical cleaning product.

Don’t clean porous material though as coffee does and will leave a slightly unclean looking brown stain.

3. Use It As An Anti-Cellulite DIY Coffee Scrub:

Coffee is not only a great exfoliant and removes dead skin cells it is fantastic for cellulite. When the caffeine content is applied topically to your skin it is known to help breakdown fat deposits and increase blood flow to the area and aiding you in reducing the dimples of the fat deposits in your butt, legs etc.

Simply mix in your coffee grounds in coconut oil, and use as a scrub for 15 min two or three times per week on the affected area.

4. A Natural Clothing Dye:

Sure, coffee can leave a stain, something we all know for sure. Using coffee grounds can be used on a number of different materials like cellophane, paper, cotton, rayon as a dye. You can also use coffee as natural hair dye to darken the natural color of your hair.

5. Meat Tenderizer:

Meat is full of protein and muscle fibres which give it that toughness. The natural acids as well as the enzymes help to soften up the meat and add a neat coffee flavor.

Rub, dry rub your meat with used coffee ground 90 min to 2 hours prior to cooking. Your meat will be dark in color and texture and nice and crispy as the grounds are cooked onto the meat.

Another option is to rebrew your grounds and use the rebrewed coffee as a marinade. Marinade your meat in the fridge for 24hrs before cooking.

6 . Stimulate Hair Growth:

Sounds odd a bald guy tell you used coffee can stimulate hair growth. I touched on how you can use it for your hair earlier. It can also be a good exfoliator for your scalp and stimulate hair growth.

The science behind it is what makes it effective as an anti cellulite treatment — the stimulation of blood flow.

Just once or twice per week grab a good handful of grounds and give your scalp a good massage with them. Then rise well and repeat.

7. Grow Mushrooms:

Easily grown in nature but incredibly difficult to do on your own. Mushrooms need a substrate layer. This is where your coffee grounds come into play.

Due to containing a lot of good quality nutrients and been previously sterilized in their brewing process you have what makes a great substrate.

What To Do With Old Coffee Beans
You can grow mushrooms, thanks to coffee grinds

8. An Anti Aging Product:

You can use spent coffee grounds as an anti-ageing product for your eyes. Your eyes have very little fat, due to which more prone to aging and more delicate.

Many reasons exist for eyes and skin in this area showing signs of aging quickly, including fragile blood vessels and poor circulation.

Coffee is full of antioxidants and properties that boost circulation which can reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Simply make a coffee paste with coconut oil and place under your eyes for 15 to 20 min before rinsing off. Repeat daily. You can also use as a facial scrub to exfoliate at the same time. A rejuvenating face mask is also something you can do at the same time.

9. Cat Repellant:

Keep cats out of your property by sprinkling around your garden plenty of coffee and orange peels. For some reason or another it is an effective repellant for cats. One I picked up from a forum, tried it out to great effect.

I guess the scent repels them.

10. Hand Sanitiser.

The natural anti-greese effect that unclogs your drains is gentle on your hands and a great natural solution.

 

What To Do With Old Coffee Beans – Can You Use 2 Year Old Coffee Beans?

Yes,

they are safe for you to make a cup of Java with but will not have that fresh flavour as they did when new and possibly a slightly rancid, musty scent to them. You will not get sick by drinking a coffee made from 2 year old beans.

The longer your beans are exposed to air the quicker they will oxidise and go off.

Can You Make Coffee With Expired Beans?

Yes,
generally speaking it is okay to drink coffee with expired beans. The biggest issue is the flavour of the beans. As your beans get older they will become slightly stale and not hold the same taste as the oils start to age and go off.

When Should You Throw Out Coffee Beans?

There is not a single point in which that you cannot reuse your coffee beans either as a drink or for any one of the 20 uses that I have mentioned above. No point it wasting them at all when they have multi-purpose use.

How To Refresh Old Coffee Beans.

You have a few simple options and techniques for jazzing up and refreshing your old coffee beans, which are:

1. Add Vanilla extract to your stale coffee beans.
2. Enhance the flavor of your grounds by using almond oil or black walnut oil.
3. Use cinnamon in your drink for a great tang.
4. Use a variety of flavored syrups in your coffee to give some zest to your coffee.
5. Add in a nice dollop of chocolate and make a mocha!
What To Do With Old Coffee Beans
You can grow mushrooms, thanks to coffee grinds

What To Do With Stale Coffee Beans – How Do You Revive Stale Coffee Bean?

This is going to sound weird, but adding salt to your beans has an effect that reduces the bitterness of a slightly stale cup of coffee and does not leave your coffee tasting salty.

This is the secret behind Vietnam’s famous salt coffee.

The trick is not to use a lot of coffee and only 1/8 of a teaspoon for a regular cup of coffee. Add the salt to the grounds prior to brewing.

What Happens To Stale Coffee Beans?

As soon as your beans have been roasted, they begin expelling carbon dioxide and start slowly decaying. Over time the cell structure breaks down, the fresh flavor starts to become dull, stale and a little bitter.

This is why, to keep them fresh, you must store them in a cool dark part and in an airtight container with a special valve that lets out the carbon dioxide as it is emitted from the beans.

How Can You Tell If Coffee Beans Are Stale?

You can tell if your coffee beans have gone stale when they start to smell a little sour, smell a little off and are a bit musky.
I encourage you to get familiar with the scent of good quality roasts and smelling them frequently to know when they are starting to go off.

What Makes Coffee Stale?

The process of oxidation is what causes coffee to go stale. When the roasting process is finished they are immediately starting to go off emitting CO2, oxidising, starting to break down and absorb odors from other nearby products — hence why you must keep it in an airtight container with a special valve to let the carbon dioxide out.

Unfortunately, poor storage will negatively affect your beloved speciality beans.

Old Coffee Beans Taste?

Stale coffee has a bland taste to it, slightly off, sour and bitter. The taste of old coffee beans depends on the roast and how old the roasted beans are.

If you don’t know the date they were roasted you can safely assume they are stale.

Can You Use Old Coffee Beans?

Yes,

it is safe for you to drink coffee that you have made using old coffee beans. Furthermore, it is completely safe for you to use for any one of the 20 alternative uses that I spoken about earlier in this article.

Frappé-ing It All Up.

There are plenty of things you can do with both old, new and used coffee beans ranging form a whole variety of natural beauty treatments to cleaning your home and, my favorite – a free natural compost!

My mind only boggle at how many tons are being wasted and not being used to fertlize soil in a completely natural way.

So, If anyone asks you that question what can you do with coffee beans? point them in the direction of this article.

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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