The unsuspected virtues of coffee grounds

Posted on 16 September 2016.

Is coffee your best friend in the morning? Discover the unsuspected virtues of coffee grounds!

If you are among those who can’t start their day without a cup of coffee, you've probably noticed how many coffee grounds there are left after just one cup. Tip: don’t be too quick to throw out that wet mass that’s left after you’ve brewed a coffee. It has some unsuspected virtues! It’s a great opportunity to test the benefits of the circular economy at home.

Coffee grounds are indeed a kind of super-natural product that benefits everyone.

It can be used as a hair treatment, a concealer, a skin scrub and even helps sprains.

In the garden, it repels aphids and ants, as well as being a good fertilizer and medium for growing mushrooms.

In the home, it can be turned into a cleaning product or ecological paint.

And for pets, it repels even the most stubborn fleas.

And did you know that on an industrial scale, coffee grounds are even a source of renewable energy?

In Joure in the Netherlands for example, Veolia and the coffee manufacturer Douwe Egberts Master Blenders have developed a solution that uses coffee grounds to run a biomass boiler, which produces steam. The site has reduced its natural gas consumption – and has reduced its CO2 emissions by 70%!

There’s no doubt about it, coffee grounds are resourceful waste!

For information on the circular economy and coffee:

- bio-bean® collects and recycles coffee grounds into biofuel
- Coffee, a drink rich in... energy!
- Making flour with coffee