Uses for Leftover Coffee

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Allie

We’re pretty good at not wasting coffee around here. We make the same amount every day and most of the time, there’s only a teeny little splash left in the pot by the next morning. But, occasionally our coffee drinking habits shift slightly and we end up with extra coffee. Then I usually ┬árun out to the garden with the coffee pot and water my sad little blueberry plants.

Blueberries like acid, our soil isn’t very acidic, and our blueberry plants look a bit humiliated. They always perk up considerably after a cup of joe.

If I know early on in the day that we won’t be getting around to drinking all the coffee I’ve made, I pour it in a jar and store it in the refrigerator for iced coffee. Or, I pour it in an ice cube tray to make coffee ice cubes. Perfect for making iced coffee cold without watering it down.

Way back in 2007, I gave you some suggestions for using coffee grounds for everything from deodorizing your hands after chopping onions to scrubbing pots and pans. And we’ve recommended coffee grounds as a room freshener.

Care2 has many uses for coffee grounds and also recommends using coffee to make scuffs in dark furniture less noticeable. And while I don’t know if it’s bad for the leather in the long term, I once used coffee to hide scuffs on brown shoes when I was in a pinch.

Lifehacker recommends using leftover coffee to clean the grate on your barbecue grill.

Small Kitchen College has great ideas for extra coffee, including making kahlua and using it in marinades.

And make sure you start with greener coffee choices.

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