I’ll admit it. I’m addict. And coffee is my legal addictive stimulant of choice. I helps me do the standing up, walking, words-coming-out-of-my-mouth thing on a daily basis. Since buying my coffee at one of Aspen’s many cafes isn’t always feasible, I end up making my own at Mawa’s Kitchen. We serve Red Butte Coffee at the cafe, and it is so good, we all consume a lot of it, which also leaves me with an amount of leftover coffee grounds commensurate with my coffee consumption – which, considering my schedule, is a lot.
In my never ending attempt to be green I started researching what I could do with all of these leftover coffee grounds, and I was surprised to find that I could do quite a lot. I ran across an article from the Tasting Table that had several handy suggestions.
Clean Your Grill, Pots and Pans
Abrasive coffee grounds are great for scrubbing greasy grills, pots and pans. Put grounds on a rag and gleefully scrub away, knowing you’re using a natural product to eliminate hard-to-clean grime.
Keep a Bowl in Your Fridge to Eliminate Odors
Just as coffee can remove the stubborn smells from your hands, so too can it rid your refrigerator of lasting odors. Dry out leftover grounds, stick them in a bowl in your fridge and say so long to whatever food smells are creeping around in there.
Hide Scratches on Your Furniture
Coffee’s naturally dark color makes it perfect for hiding scratches on wood tables, chairs or other furniture. Let the grounds sit for up to 10 minutes to stain unwanted marks, then wipe away with a rag for a more polished appearance with almost no effort.
Use Grounds as a Rub for Meat
Coffee makes a great rub on meats like pork or beef. Since they’re bitter, using a sweetener, like sugar or molasses, is advisable. Get creative with it.
Add Grounds to Your Compost Pile
If you keep a compost pile, add the grounds to help improve the soil you use for your plants. Serious Eats says, “Worms love the stuff: They’ll munch your day-old coffee happily, turning it into black gold by digesting it and producing nutrient-rich castings.”
By all means, keep drinking coffee, now you have something useful to do with the grounds!