The aroma of coffee and the gurgling from the espresso pot when the coffee was ready were a big part of my mornings growing up. Mom and Dad drank coffee every morning, and there was always someone visiting Grandma’s house for coffee and cake. I can’t imagine how many pounds of coffee grounds we discarded over the years! Back then, we didn’t think of composting the grounds or using them in any way after making coffee. Mom’s friend Marie used to dump them in the sink “because it’s good for the drains.” But I don’t recommend doing that as it could cause a clog. And also because coffee grounds are an incredible resource; there are so many ways to reuse them. I have plenty of coffee grounds to reuse because I drink coffee every morning as my mom and dad did. I take some of the grounds to our preschool for composting in the worm bin. In my kitchen, I use them as a nontoxic pot scrubber or to deodorize my hands after chopping onions or cleaning fish. To remove food odors from jar lids , I sprinkle used grounds inside the lid and let it sit for a […]

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