Should we reuse coffee grounds many times to save money?


Can you reuse coffee grounds?

If you are a tea drinker, you might already know that you can steep the teas many times before throwing it away. The tea in the second cup might not be as good as the first one, but it still tastes decent. So what is about coffee? Can you reuse coffee grounds for another cup of Joe? Let me help you to find out.

Can you reuse coffee grounds for the second brew?

The answer is yes. You definitely can brew used coffee ground the second time for another cup of coffee. 

However, you will be greatly disappointed in it as what you will taste is the bitterness. All the flavor in the coffee will be nearly gone, and the caffeine content in the second cup will be as little as 1/3 in the first brew.

If you are serious about the flavor, then reusing coffee ground is a big NO for you. On the other hand, if you usually put a lot of cream, milk, or sugar in your coffee, then you can give it a try as you might not notice a significant difference in your coffee.

 Can you reuse coffee grounds for cold brew?

It is also a bad idea of reusing coffee ground for cold brew. You will waste your time and effort on an unpleasant taste cup of coffee. 

Some of you might also think about brewing with a double amount of water to the same ratio of coffee ground to have a double amount of coffee. Again if you plan to add tons of creamers and other additional ingredients, then you might have it a try. Rather than that, it would be best if you stopped thinking about it.

What are used coffee grounds good for?

Used coffee might not be right for another drink, but it does not mean it has no other uses. You might be surprised to see this long list of what used coffee ground good for:


Coffee grounds have an excellent deodorizing effect. You can put the coffee grounds in the fridge to clean the smell. Also, if you put a coffee bag in the corner of the office or enclosed places in a car, it creates an airy and pleasant aroma but also has an excellent bactericidal effect. Besides, coffee grounds also work as an air fresher; any place in the living space at home that you feel uncomfortable can use a bag of coffee to put into it.

Please note the coffee ground must be dried before use to prevent the growth of mold, fungi, and bacteria.

Fertilizer for plants

coffee grounds gardeningCoffee contains three elements that are suitable for the growth of plants, such as nitrogen, potassium, magnesium. Most of the plants can use the coffee grounds as a fertilizer, especially for acid-loving plants, this is a great option. If you drink coffee regularly, keep the coffee grounds, dry it, and you can use to fertilize the tree all year round, both safe and cost-effective.

If you want to know more about how the coffee ground can be used for gardening, you can check out this post.

Insect repellent

As the coffee ground has caffeine and intense aroma, thus you can use the dried coffee ground like an insect repellent. Just put the coffee grounds in the container and place as where you do not want to see the bug. 

Coffee ground for skincare

Coffee grounds stimulate the production of new cells. You can take advantage of the coffee grounds and some other ingredients to make a daily skin mask. You can use coffee grounds in combination with egg whites, mix well and apply on face for 30 minutes daily in conjunction with a gentle massage. This method will help you have a smooth white skin much brighter than conventional cosmetics. 

Also, coffee grounds contain a lot of caffeine, which helps to fight against oxidation effectively. You can take advantage of this feature to perform skincare. Mix coffee grounds with coconut oil and apply it on the face or body with honey. This method has just made the skin softer 

The cost for each beauty is almost negligible, but the results bring not let you down.


Reusing the coffee ground for another cup of coffee might not be a good idea in most cases. If saving money is your purpose, then you might consider buying a cheap coffee brand instead of making use of coffee ground twice.
Besides, you might try to use coffee ground for other useful purposes as listed about, and please ensure to dry it properly before use.

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