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Delicious Ways to Use Coffee Grounds That You Haven't Thought Of

cococino coffee presents 5 unique ways to use your coffee grounds

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If you're a coffee drinker, chances are you have a stash of used coffee grounds hanging around. While you may be tempted to just toss them in the trash, there are actually a lot of different ways to use coffee grounds that can be both delicious and helpful. Here are a few unique ideas for coffee ground creativity that you may not have thought of before.

Use Them as a Rub for Meats 

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Coffee grounds can add a delicious depth of flavor to meats like steak, pork, and chicken. Just mix them with some oil and salt and rub it all over the meat before cooking. You'll be surprised at the difference it makes!

Make Some Cold Brew 

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If you haven't tried cold brew coffee, you're missing out. It's smoother and less acidic than regular coffee, and it's super easy to make at home with just coffee grounds and water. Simply mix equal parts coffee grounds and water and let it steep overnight. In the morning, strain it through a cheesecloth or coffee filter and enjoy!

Add Them to Your Compost Pile

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Coffee grounds are an excellent addition to any compost pile because they're rich in nitrogen. This helps decomposition happen more quickly, resulting in nutrient-rich compost for your plants in no time!

Make a Facial Scrub

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Looking for a way to naturally exfoliate your skin? Look no further than your coffee maker! Just mix used coffee grounds with some sugar or oatmeal, add a bit of water to make a paste, and massage into your skin in circular motions. Rinse off with warm water and enjoy softer, smoother skin.

Use in your plants

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Coffee grounds make or great fillers for indoor potted plants. With significant research around plant growth improvement, it’s safe to say that coffee grounds will help your plants grow better, faster and stronger


As you can see, there are lots of different ways to use used coffee grounds beyond just throwing them away. So next time you have some leftover from your morning cup of joe, get creative and put them to good use! Your taste buds (and your wallet) will thank you.