Feb 10, 2011

Ground Coffee Project.

I'm going to admit something here. On these very pages.

You may not like it. You may have a problem with it. But it's how I feel and ..well, the World just better get used to it.

Here it is...

I prefer Instant Coffee to Real Coffee.

There! I've said it. Wow. What a weight off my shoulders.

Now, "apparently" there are those of you out there who prefer your Real coffee.
With your illy, your Marcilla, your Italian Roast, your Full Bodied Colombian, your Gourmet French and of course your fairtrade Nicaraguan Blend.

Now most of you have 2 or 3 cups of Coffee a day. That's a lot of used coffee grinds that go into the trash.

Here's a simple Top Ten List of ideas that you can do with those used Coffee Grounds.

1. Mix the grounds with water to provide your houseplants with an "energized" drink. Plants need the nutrients found in coffee grounds, including nitrogen and potassium, both common ingredients in store-bought fertilizer. Using organic grounds will provide a healthier and happier plant environment!

2. Sprinkle used grounds on your outdoor plants.

3. Sprinkle a ring of used grounds around a tree or plantings to deter ants.

4. Use slightly damp grounds on icy steps and sidewalks. The grounds stick to the ice, creating a safer walking surface.

5. Pour a few grounds down your drains to gently scrape the sides of the pipes. Do not use if pipes are already slow draining or clogged.

6. Use to scrub gunk off surfaces such as grills and greasy pans. Use wet or dry grounds.

7. Keep a container of dried coffee grounds in a shaker near the kitchen sink. Use to scrub strong odors such as fish, garlic and onion, from your hands.

8. Wet your face and scrub with one tablespoon coffee grounds. This is a gentle exfoliating wash for your face.

9. Use steeped grounds and a cotton swab to touch up furniture scratches.

10. Coffee grounds are a great addition to any compost pile. Just throw them into your compost bin, filter and all.

As a side note - the image at the top comes from Lokesh Dhaka who is a designer and web developer living in Baltimore. If you like the Chart you can purchase some T-Shirts & Mugs with his illustration.

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