Do you have leftover coffee after your morning cup? Has it gone cold when you weren’t looking? Don’t pour it down the drain! Even if your morning cup has cooled down past your liking, you can still put that leftover cup to good use. Here are a few things you can do with leftover coffee rather than pour it down the sink.
1. Add some Buzz in your Oatmeal
You can either replace all or some of the water you use to cook your oatmeal. The oats will absorb the coffee flavor and caffeine, giving you that buzz you’re looking for from your bowl.
2. Make Homemade Coffee Ice Cream
Leftover coffee is a very nice excuse to make creamy coffee ice cream, especially when it happens to be a hot day and you want to cool off with dessert. Whether you have an ice cream machine or you do it the hard way, using that leftover coffee is worth it.
3. Freeze into Coffee Cubes
Stick your leftover coffee in an ice cube tray and freeze. Simple as that! You can find many uses for coffee cubes, including but not limited to keeping iced coffee cold without watering it down, and using them in coffee shakes in the blender.
4. Marinade, Anyone?
Use your leftover coffee to flavor your favorite steak by adding chopped garlic and onions (or shallots) to the coffee with a splash of soy sauce or balsamic vinegar.
5. Easy Peasy Mocha at Home
One part hot chocolate, one part leftover coffee…all simple and delicious. Add a splash of coffee creamer to make your homemade mocha creamier and more richly defined.
6. Baked with Coffee
Coffee works best with chocolatey creations such as cake or brownies. The leftover coffee can be used in place of some of the liquid in your favorite recipes to give your homemade goodies extra richness and flavor.
7. Tiramisu for you?
This classic Italian dessert requires brewed coffee. Now that you have coffee left over, you’re one step ahead in making this at home.
8. Orchids Drink Coffee Too!
Yes, they do! In fact, you can water some of your other plants with cold coffee. Acidic-loving plants, such as orchids and azaleas, can get a growth boost from your leftover coffee, but only every couple of weeks or so, not daily.
Creative Commons Attribution: Permission is granted to repost this article in its entirety with credit to Minas Espresso Inc. and a clickable link back to this page.