Our 5 Top tips for the use of coffee grounds

July 11, 2022

My Ecuadorian family and I have always drunk coffee from the "muchacho". A very simple and original method of preparing delicious coffee. We always have coffee for breakfast and in the evening to accompany humitas (corn pancakes), wheat tortillas or banana empanadas.

The question is what to do with the coffee grounds? Nowadays, there are surprisingly many and technologically advanced ways to reuse coffee grounds for example, in the manufacture of clothing as an odour barrier. At home, coffee grounds are famously used as compost and fertilizer.

But there are far more ways to put coffee grounds to practical use. I have compiled methods that are as simple and quick to implement as possible.

Here are our TOP5 coffee grounds applications for home:

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5. Touching up scratched furniture: to hide a small scratch or scuff on your furniture, mix 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture with a cotton swab or cotton ball, and then pat dry (as with most DIY jobs, it is always a good idea to test on an inconspicuous area first.)

4. Flea remover: There are hundreds of products to eliminate fleas from your puppy. Unfortunately many contain harsh chemicals and can produce unwanted side effects. Fortunately, fleas don't seem to like coffee that much, so you can use the grounds as a natural treatment. Simply rub the grounds all over your little friend's coat after shampooing. Rinse and let your pet dry as usual. Although the coffee grounds may be less effective than a prescription product, it's worth a try - my Lemmy is very happy!

3. Excellent scrub for the skin: turn your used coffee grounds into a luxurious body scrub. Simply mix half a cup of coffee grounds with a quarter cup of olive or coconut oil and a pinch of citrus peel. When applied, dead skin cells are removed, blood vessels are tightened and circulation is stimulated.

2. Clean pots and pans: The coarse texture of coffee grounds is ideal for scrubbing hard-to-clean cookware without scratching it. Simply sprinkle the coffee grounds directly onto pots and pans and scrub as usual. Then rinse thoroughly.

1. Delicious food for worms and edible mushrooms: this is my favourite method. Traditional composting systems are usually full of worms. I call them the "decomposing queens." Composted soil with worms is more fertile and healthier than any potting soil from the hardware store. Using coffee grounds as a substrate can also encourage the growth of edible mushrooms. Mushrooms only thrive under certain conditions and are notoriously difficult to grow indoors Coffee grounds make an excellent substrate because they are full of nutrients that fungi love. (I wrote my master's thesis on this topic, so if you want to know more, write to us: hello@mishkiyaku.com).

Next time you enjoy delicious MishkiYaku coffee, remember to save the leftover coffee and apply some of the tips from this blog.

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