5 Brilliant, Every Day Uses for Old Coffee Grounds

Did you know that after you’ve made coffee, a range of valuable phytonutrients, including minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids, remain in the filter [1]? So hold off throwing those old coffee grounds immediately into the compost and try reusing them in one of the following 5 ways:

1. Marinade


Believe it or not, spent coffee grounds add an excellent dimension to the flavour of marinades. The below recipe is perfect for tofu, eggplant, meat, fish, or poultry. Marinate for 1–3 hours before cooking.

  • ¼ cup spent coffee grounds
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ tsp sea salt, ground
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

2. Body Scrub

Body Scrub

The grainy texture of coffee grounds makes them perfect exfoliators for homemade body scrubs. They add a nice aroma too!

To make your own exfoliant, simply combine the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 drop vanilla essence
  • ½ cup coffee grounds, dry
  • ¼ cup white sugar

3. Baking


Use coffee grounds to add a little zip to an energy bar, granola, cookie, or muffin recipe. While you need to use fresh grounds for baking, you don’t need a lot. In fact,  just two teaspoons is often enough for a standard recipe.

There are a lot of flavours that pair well with coffee, such as:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Almond butter
  • Banana
  • Maple
  • Molasses
  • Orange zest

4. Hair Mask

Hair Mask

Take your regular hair conditioner to the next level!  Using a 1:1 ratio, combine conditioner and leftover coffee grounds. Gently massage the mixture into hair and scalp for an all-in-one conditioning and exfoliating experience.

5. Deodorize Naturally

Deoderize Naturally

Similar to baking soda, coffee grounds also absorb odour. Combat lingering scents in your fridge and freezer by placing a bowl of fresh leftover coffee grounds inside. You can also make your own natural air freshener sachets for your car, closet, or shoes. Simply place dried, spent coffee grounds in a cheesecloth and tie closed with a string.

Perhaps you want to experience the nutritional benefits of coffee beans without the hassle of grounds or feeling over-caffeinated. Green Coffee Bean is a stimulant-free extract that complements a healthy lifestyle. Green Coffee Bean incorporates a calorie-reduced diet and regular physicial activity for individuals involved in a weight management program, and contains chlorogenic acids and polyphenols, with only 2% caffeine.


[1] Campos-Vega, Rocio, Guadalupe Loarca-Pina, Hayde Vergara-Castaneda, and Dave Oomah. “Spent Coffee Grounds: A Review on Current Research and Future Prospects.” Trends in Food Science & Technology, vol 73, no. 2, 2015, pp. 24-36. Web. 19 October 2016