Coffee: The sweet nectar of the gods and everyone’s favorite addictive beverage. The human race has been drinking it since at least the 15th century, possibly even before then. Legends say the goat herder Kaldi first discovered coffee when he noticed his goats were more energetic after eating the red berries of the coffee tree. Other recorded history says coffee was first consumed in the Sufi monasteries in Yemen. Either way, it’s an important part of many cultures, from the Middle East to North and South America. However, did you know it’s good for more than waking you up and turning you into a functional part of society? Here’s a list of 25 Unique Uses For Coffee And Coffee Grinds.
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Put some coffee beans in a bowl or vase, tuck a candle in the middle, and tada! You now have a classy centerpiece that makes your house smell like coffee when lit. It's a good way to use old stale coffee beans or grounds that you don't want to brew. If you have a handful of tealights, you can use three tealights and small bowls or wine/cocktail glasses instead.
To make your boxed chocolate cake mix taste homemade, or to take your from scratch cake to another level, add some finely ground or instant coffee to the batter. Coffee brings out the best in the cocoa, making your chocolate cake even more decadent while adding a coffee flavor.
Take one clean old sock and your favorite coffee beans or grounds, tie a knot in the end and stash it in your car. In addition to the lovely smell, coffee also keeps other unpleasant smells at bay, so if someone smokes in the car, or left the window open in the rain, your nose won't know. This trick can also be used for smelly sneakers.
Letting paper soak in a shallow pan of coffee or water with coffee grinds placed on top of the paper for a few minutes to a few hours will make the paper look aged. Allow the paper to air dry for distressed texture.
Scrubbing your hands with used coffee grounds will quickly take away any smells that stick to your skin, like onions. Bonus: it's exfoliating so you get really soft hands.