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Creative Cappuccino - Leftovers, Also Known as Coffee Grounds

Here at Creative Cappuccino, we're more than pretty faces with a knack for making the best cappuccinos in town. We also have an amazing wealth of knowledge about coffee, including great ideas for the leftovers, commonly known as coffee grounds.

Whether you work at an espresso stand, or simply drink lots of coffee at home, chances are pretty good that you have access to coffee grounds. Around here, we have been doing espresso catering since 1995, and by the end of the day we have mounds of grounds. Here are some interesting ideas for what to do with those grounds:

  • Deodorizer
    • To remove unwanted food smells inside the fridge or freezer, dry the coffee grounds in the oven on a cookie sheet, then put them in a bowl in the fridge. Create small, knotted "bags" from old nylons, fill them with the dried grounds, then tie the ends tightly.  Hang this in your closet as a sachet to absorb odors.
  • Plant Food
    • To use a a plant food for plants that prefer acidic soil, sprinkle the grounds around the plant and gently work into the soil. The grounds can add nutrients if you are composting plant waste, as well.
  • Grow your own mushrooms!
    • One of the most interesting uses for used coffee grounds, as well as a technique you can enjoy indoors year-round, is growing mushrooms. If you are a fan of mushrooms and coffee, you will be surprised at how easy it is to combine them and have your own mushrooms growing in just days.
  • Insect Repellant
    • Coffee grounds are a good ant repellant. Sprinkle coffee grounds around ant hills.  Coffee grounds also repel snails and slugs. Sprinkling coffee grounds around your garden eliminates cutworms and ants. To get rid of ants in teh lawn, mix one pound of used grounds in one quart of hot water and pour on anthills.
  • Dye
    • By steeping coffee grounds in hot water, you can make brown dye for fabric, paper and even Easter eggs.
  • Furniture Scratch Repair
    • Make a paste of coffee grounds and a little water and apply to furniture scratches with a q-tip.
  • Cleaning
    • If you have tough grease stains on dishes or floors, coffee grounds act as an abrasive and can be used as a scouring agent. Flush them down the drain to keep pipes clean, too!
  • Freezer Deodorant
    • Put a bowlful of coffee grouns in the freezer overnight. For a flavored coffee scent, add a couple drops of vanilla to the grounds before placing in the freezer. The coffee grounds absorb malodors and replace it with a fresh, light coffee fragrance.
  • Fireplace Clean Up
    • The next time you are going to shovel ashes from your fireplace or woodstove, sprinkle wet coffee grounds on top of them first. The wet grounds will damp down the dust from the ashes and make them easier to scoop up.
  • Kitty Repellent
    • To keep cats from using your garden as a litter box, sprinkle coffee grounds mised with orange peels around your plants.
  • Flea Dip
    • Rid your pets of fleas with old coffee grounds. Shampoo your dog or cat as usual and while they are still wet, rub their fur with coffee grounds all the way to their skin. Rinse the coffee grounds away.  This will make the pet's fur soft and clean and the fleas will disappear.
  • Cellulite Reducer
    • Here is the procedure: Mix 1/4 cup warm used coffee grounds and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. While standing over an old towel or in the shower (water off, please), spread the mixture over the problem areas. Wrap the area with plastic wrap and leave on for several minutes. In the shower (water off still, please), unwind the wrap and brush the loose grounds from your skin. Shower with warm water.
  • Skin Care
    • Used grounds make a good skin facial pack similar to a mud pack. They can be used also for dermabrasion... just be gentle.
  • Hair Care
    • Brunettes can benefit from rinsing their hair in coffee.  Darker redheads can also use coffee to rejuvenate the color of their hair. Steep used coffee grounds in 2 cups hot water for 15 minutes and rinse through hair (after cooling a bit) for a darker, more vibrant shine.


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