Food and the City: Unconventional Ways To Use Coffee

May 12, 2017

Unconventional Ways To Use Coffee


Coffee: (n.) Survival Juice
Unconventional ways to use coffee
If you’re anything like me, you only like your coffee on days that end in Y. Yep, life is unimaginable without our precious morning cuppa.  There so much to love about coffee, the luscious flavour, appealing aroma and of course, the little pick-me-up it provides.
Along with providing you with your morning ritual, did you know there are many other uses for coffee grounds? Don’t be so quick to throw them away after brewing a cup, they can also provide you with inexpensive ways to complete a range of household tasks, as well as being an effective addition to your beauty routine.
Minimises appearance of cellulite
You can exfoliate those cellulite dimples away with a DIY coffee scrub. Caffeine is cellulite’s number-one enemy because it provides antioxidants to the skin that help tighten and firm. Over time, the application of a homemade coffee scrub will perfect those pins and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Make your own coffee body scrub containing only five ingredients and apply it circular scrubbing motions to the problem area a few times a week. It is completely natural and has many other benefits on top of reducing cellulite including exfoliation, smooth skin, healing scars and anti-aging.
Increase hair growth
You can often find coffee as a surprising ingredient in various shampoos and haircare products. This is because it stimulates hair roots, improving structure and growth. So use those coffee grounds to breathe a new lease of life into your hair.
You can create a rejuvenating hair mask by mixing 2 teaspoons of coffee powder with a tablespoon of honey and another of olive oil. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse. You could also use it as a finishing rinse for your hair. Brew the coffee, allow it to cool and then pour it over. It will enhance the colour and texture and leave it looking silkier than ever.
Spice up your steaks
Not that a juicy steak needs much improvement, but coffee is an excellent way to spice up the meat without adding any additional sodium that many other meat marinades contain.
The process is incredibly simple; soak the steak in luxury coffee for an hour before grilling. It will provide you with smoky, flavourful and tender meat. You could also use the coffee grounds as a crunchy rub for all of your grilling favourites.

Clean dirty pans
With Mother’s Day soon approaching, I hope you are all cooking your dearests the delicious dinner they deserve for the holiday. If so, coffee can provide you with a solution to those after-dinner dirty pans.
Place a few teaspoons of coffee grounds onto a thin rag and use it to quickly get rid of that grease and whatever else is lingering in your pans. Cut your dishwashing time in half and you’ll have extra quality time with mum.
Aromatic air freshener
That five second inhale we all do over a cup of freshly brewed coffee is the best smell in the world right? Well, why not use the coffee grounds to create an air freshener so that you can continue to smell the aromatic flavours all day long?
You can use it in the car, in the house or on your work desk. With a few simple items, you can make yourself a pretty air freshener. For best results, place it on top of an air vent and the wonderful aroma of coffee will fill the room.
Remove under-eye dark circles
We spend so much money on miracle face products that tighten our skin, reduce puffiness, exfoliate and help acne. I bet you didn’t know that a solution to all these problems is sitting in nearly every kitchen.
Brewing coffee grounds, letting them cool and then applying them under your eyes will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Leave it on for around 15 minutes and repeat a few times a week for glowing skin and bright eyes.