Imagined that you just brewed the best tasting coffee of your life. To say that your cup of Joe was divine would be an understatement. The next morning, you start thinking, “Wow, that coffee yesterday was sooooo darn good, that I’ll reuse those coffee grounds and do it again!” Seriously? Can you reuse coffee grounds? Sure you can, but not for drinking great coffee.
In A Nut Shell
Can you reuse coffee grounds? In a nutshell, yes you can, but you’d have to lack any common sense to reuse coffee grounds to drink. Let me clarify that statement. If someone thinks that instant coffee, cowboy coffee, Folgers, Maxwell House, or God forbid Charbucks coffee will suffice the first time around, then I suppose that person could seriously consider, “Can you reuse coffee grounds?”
Discerning Coffee Drinkers
Just as not all coffee drinkers are equal, nor is all coffee made equal. There’s a lot of very bad coffee out there. Fortunately for the diligent with discernment, there’s also some very good coffee. Done correctly, coffee can be one of the most relaxing experiences of your life, but reused coffee grounds is not one of them.
Can You Reuse Coffee Grounds
Americans are probably the most stressed out people on the planet. We work too much, worry too much, stress too much, and pay too much in taxes. We really need a time-out. And that my friend is what coffee is for. Your 5 minutes with that coffee mug is your time. It’s your moment of piece and quiet with coffee that’s so good, you wish this moment could last forever.
Re-used Grounds Makes Bad Coffee
So, can you reuse coffee grounds? As I previously said, you can reuse coffee grounds, but not for making coffee, well at least not for making good coffee. Reused coffee grounds for making coffee is analogous to a dog returning to its vomit. Sorry, that might have been a little more graphic than you were expecting, but it’s the truth.
What Is Used Coffee Grounds Good For?
But what can you do with old coffee grounds? My favorite use for old coffee grounds is a compost pile.
Last year, we didn’t even bother with the compost pile; we just put coffee grounds, water, and eggshells into the blender, zipped it up a bit, and just mixed it into the garden soil. It worked great. We had tomatoes coming out of our ears.
Did you know that all coffee starts going stale the moment that it’s roasted. Yep! Each day that roasted coffee gets more and more stale tasting. After 30 days, roasted coffee isn’t worth feeding to the hogs. And no amount of space-age packaging technology can change that fact.
Preserving Fresh Coffee
Our average customer purchases about 30 days worth of coffee at a time, which for most couples is about 3 bags (roughly 3 pounds) of coffee. That’s exactly why we offer free shipping for all order of 3 bags or more.
Even though, as I said, all coffee starts going stale immediately. So your 3rd bag is never going to taste as good as the first and freshest bag. That being said, I put in considerable time and energy into researching and experimenting to find a way to preserve our coffee so that the 3rd bag is better.
Good To The Last Bag
In a nutshell, here’s what I found. Put your coffee into an air tight bag, Ziploc, Foodsaver, Mylar heat treated bag, Mason jar, or whatever air-tight container that suits your fancy. Since oxygen is the enemy of preserving food; just before you seal the container, drop in a 100cc oxygen absorber packet. The absorber packets cost only a few cents each and can be easily found at Wal-Mart or numerous places online.
Cold Brew Reused Grounds
Ok, here’s a stretch for you. Cold Brewed coffee is super simple and fast as lightning. All you need to do is grind your beans on a course setting, put about ½ a cup of grounds into a quart Mason Jar, then toss it into the refrigerator overnight.
The next morning all you have to do is train it through a coffee filter and you’re good to go. For more info watch my video on Cold Brew (Click Here). Now here’s the weird thing about Cold Brew. In a sense, you’re reusing your grounds. Why? Because, a quart jar of Cold Brew will last Alisha 2-3 days. So, those grounds in a bizarre sense are being re-used. I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s the best I have.
Coffee Grounds and Garbage Disposals
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “NEVER put coffee grounds down a disposal”! I guess that you’ll tick off the sewer system gods. Notice the lower case “g”. Well, I’ll tell you. I’ve been dumping my grounds down the sink for over 5 years. Guess what. Nothing happened.
Good – Better – Best
OK, I have to admit, I have a 300 horsepower garbage disposal (just kidding). Let’s just say, it’s a good one. Hey, when a cheap garbage disposal is $70 and a top-notch disposal is $125. I’m going with the $125 every time. I don’t like doing plumbing. Maybe the garbage disposal doesn’t fall into “Can you reuse coffee grounds”, but at least you’re putting those grounds to good use by cleaning your garbage disposal.
Last Words On Used Coffee Grounds
If you’re reading this article or just on my website, you’re not a typical coffee drinker. You’re looking for something special. You don’t settle for OK, well at least not when it comes to coffee. If you’re like most of our customers, you’re also a “Foodie” and most likely a “Wino”. Not “Wino” as in drunk, just that you like good food and good wine. And in this case good coffee.
Why Lake City Coffee
For five years, Alisha and I (Lake City Coffee) have been a small Mom-n-Pop operation focusing on the best home brewing experience of your life. We do that with super fresh, super smooth, whole bean coffee.
Delivered from our roaster to your table in 24-48 hours. Admittedly, some cities on the east coast or fishing villages in northern Alaska take 72 hours.
The bottom line is that we hope you try our coffee and never consider “Can you reuse coffee grounds?”