Many home brewers share the common struggle of not being able to use every single coffee bean purchased. It’s nearly impossible. Whether the beans go stale or just aren’t any good, there always seems to be left overs. Thus, I’ve compiled this list of 10 uses for old coffee beans, whole and ground, in order to put those left overs to use and free some counter space.
1. Experiment with Brewing
Have you ever wanted to practice your pour over or experiment with brewing equipment without having to sacrifice your precious beans? Use those left overs! Remember that the best indicator of a successful brew is taste, but playing around and exploring with old beans can be fun and insightful.
2. Cover them in Chocolate
Store bought chocolate covered espresso beans are a big hit in many candy stores, but are also quite pricey. Check out this recipe on chocolate covered espresso beans made at home. Maybe those old, stale left overs are still consumable after all!
3. Get Your Artist On
Ever seen the coffee bean mural in Moscow, Russia? The massive piece of art was constructed out of one million coffee beans and covers thirty square meters. You don’t have to cover the side of a building, but what about the side of a canvas or tissue box? Get your artist on!
4. Give Candles Class
You’ve probably seen a fair share of coffee, candle combinations on Pinterest and are tired of them, but these things are beautiful table pieces and invite a relaxing mood into any room. Check out this guide that I found and give your abode a new look and feel.
5. Call Your Grandmother
If you’re grandmother is anything like mine, she’ll drink coffee that’s been sitting on the counter for two days. She has no problem buying a can of Folgers every now and then, but it would be just delightful if her loving family sent her a package of beans for her to use. Don’t judge the less picky.