Coffee–More Than Just a Drink

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Whether you start your day at the office with a cup of Joe or enjoy java after a meal, you have helped make coffee the second most consumed beverage in the world! According to Professor’s House, “Nearly seven million tons of green coffee beans are produced each year worldwide,” and U.S. coffee drinkers consume about 3.1 cups each per day!

What does this data mean for the greenies? People really like coffee across the globe, and with the consumption of coffee comes coffee grounds. You may already be using coffee grounds for composting, but there are lots of other uses for coffee grounds. Grounds can serve as a deodorizer, bug repellant, pot cleaner and more!

Below are several of ourfavorites from Yahoo Green. Add additional uses for coffee grounds in the comment section.

  • Skip the toxic abrasive cleaners for pots and pans and use a handful of coffee grounds instead.
  • Leave a dish of coffee grounds out to absorb odors in rooms that have an unpleasant smell.
  • Use coffee grounds for natural ant control. Place dried grounds in the areas ants frequent. The smell is a deterrent.
  • Cover up scratches in furniture. Dab a strong solution of coffee onto the scratch. Naturally, this works best on darker woods.
  • Use coffee grounds as a non-toxic, fully degradable fertilizer. Coffee grounds are a good source of nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other trace minerals. While you need to be aware that not all plants love coffee (i.e. tomatoes), most are enriched by the added nutrients.
  • Use as a non-toxic bug repellant. Spray your plants with a coffee solution. The smell is too strong for most bugs. You’ll need to re-apply after a rain.
  • Use grounds as a facial scrub or mask.