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5 Uses for Old Coffee Beans

January 23, 2017

Have you ever put a bag of great coffee into your cupboard with every intention of drinking it, only to forget it exists for a few months?  There's nothing quite like the disappointment of realizing your delicious coffee beans have gone stale.  Fear not, there are still plenty of things you can do with your old coffee beans so they don't go to waste.

  1. Make a coffee rub for red meat or pork.  You don't need the freshest of coffee beans for a great rub.  Grind up some coffee beans and mix them in with some chili powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar, black pepper, coarse salt, mustard powder, and coriander.  Try rubbing this mixture onto a pork tenderloin before searing it and putting it in the oven.
  2. Make a coffee scrub for bath time & get your skin super smooth.  Mix together equal parts ground coffee and coarse sugar with some coconut oil, rub the mixture onto your skin, and get your exfoliation on!
  3. Have a green thumb?  Used coffee grounds make great fertilizer.  Grind up some of your old beans and run hot water through them as you would for a pot of coffee.  Work the grounds into the soil around your plants.
  4. Use coffee in your baked goods.  We posted a delicious recipe for espresso infused snickerdoodles previously, and there are a ton of other awesome recipes out there that bring coffee to the world of baking.
  5. Infuse your booze with coffee beans.  Throw some whole coffee beans into your favorite whiskey, and let the beans hang out in the bottle for 24-36 hours.  Also works with vodka, or really any alcohol you enjoy with coffee.

There you have it.  Great coffee should never be wasted!


Robyn Hartung Lundin, CEO