Thanks to Netflix and a job that required some research on food waste, I have enlivened my inner environmentalist and found a new appreciation for all foods. Even coffee, which I truly love dearly, has found a new element of love and adoration.
I have discovered that leftover coffee grounds can be dried and then used:
- as insect repellent
- as a skin exfoliant
- as a compost enhancer
I have discovered recipes for candles, soap, and other household items.
I am ashamed to admit that up until about two months ago I threw out my coffee grounds. I put them in the coffeemaker, drank my coffee, and then dumped them in the trash or down the drain. Terrible! Irresponsible! Heinous!
As I continue to learn, and research, and grow as a coffee enthusiast, I think it’s important to consider the possibilities.
Coffee can be so much more than a drink. If we can help ourselves to more than a cup, and help the environment on the way, let’s do it!
**Edited and updated five hours after the draft, not the final version, accidentally published on March 14, 2018**