Uses For Coffee Other Than Drinking It

Coffee is a hot brewed beverage made from roasted coffee beans, the Coffea plant’s seeds. This drink is popular for its stimulating effects and has been enjoyed worldwide for centuries. You can consume coffee in many ways, such as a hot or cold drink, an espresso shot, or even in food recipes. While drinking coffee is the most common way to consume this beverage, many other uses for it have nothing to do with drinking it. From beauty to food and even cleaning, this beloved beverage has plenty of excellent applications. 

Top alternative uses for coffee

For those looking to use their daily cup creatively, here are some of the top alternative uses for coffee: 

Beauty products

Coffee grounds can be great exfoliants, helping to remove dirt and oil and improve circulation when used as a scrub. They also help reduce puffiness and can even be used in DIY face masks with other ingredients like honey or yogurt. Many cosmetic brands have also incorporated caffeine into their product lines due to its potential anti-aging benefits.

Furniture polish

Coffee’s natural oils and acids can clean wooden furniture, making it shine and removing dirt and dust. To get the most out of this cleaning method, make a paste using ground coffee and water, apply it to the surface with a cloth and then buff it off with another one.

Odor neutralizer

If you have pet odors or other bad smells in your home, coffee grounds are an effective way to neutralize them. Sprinkle some around the affected area and leave overnight for best results. You can also use a coffee filter filled with grounds to trap the scents from cooking or smoking by placing it near windows or doors that open to the outside.

Plant fertilizer

Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, all essential plant nutrients. Mixing the grounds into the soil helps acidic-loving plants like roses and blueberries thrive, as well as other vegetables and herbs. Just use them sparingly, so you don’t overdo it. 

Compost enhancer 

Composting is an excellent way to reduce kitchen waste and help the environment, but adding coffee grounds to your compost heap can give it an extra boost. The organic materials in coffee grounds break down quickly, creating richer soil full of vital nutrients. Plus, they add nitrogen to balance out the carbon present in other compost items like leaves and grass clippings.  

The new coffee culture

From beauty to gardening, there is no shortage of uses for coffee. While drinking has been a part of the human experience for centuries, these new applications help bring this beloved beverage into the 21st century with myriad creative and practical possibilities. Whether you want to improve your home or enhance your beauty routine, incorporating coffee into your lifestyle can be a great way to reap its benefits without taking a sip. 

Making the perfect cup of coffee

Many people enjoy coffee for its delicious flavor and energy-boosting effects. To make sure your next cup is the best it can be, follow these steps:

  • Start with fresh, high-quality beans stored in an airtight container.
  • Grind the beans before brewing to preserve their flavor and aroma. 
  • Measure two tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of water and add them to your filter or French press.
  • Use freshly boiled, filtered water (not too hot) to bring out the best flavors from the grounds. 
  • Steep for four minutes, and then enjoy.

When using ground coffee, you must know how many ounces are in a cup of coffee. Regardless of the form of coffee you use, 8 ounces is considered a standard cup. However, depending on personal preference, some people may make their cups smaller or larger. Using instant coffee granules or powder, 6 to 7 tablespoons (1.5 to 1.75 ounces) is usually enough to make one cup. Alternatively, if you’re using fresh grounds and an espresso machine, two tablespoons should be sufficient for one shot of espresso. 

By following these simple steps, you can craft the perfect cup of coffee every time. If you want a new way to enjoy this beloved beverage, try one of the alternative uses outlined above and see how versatile it can be. 


Coffee is a beverage that has been enjoyed by people all over the world for centuries. While its primary use remains a hot drink, there are many creative ways to incorporate it into your lifestyle, from furniture polish to compost enhancers. Our imaginations only limit its potential uses, and with the proper preparation, you can make sure every cup of coffee is perfect.

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