I love used coffee grounds and save them. As Tony the Tiger says, they are GREAT in the garden. In fact I bet you didn’t know that I was a frequent stalker at Starbucks waiting for them to put their used grounds in the gardener bin pick-up? Unfortunately, I was competing against super gardener athletes whose keen sense of used coffee grounds beat me every time to the bin. Sadly, I am only left with coffee grounds that hubs drinks. So you can imagine my horror when I ruined my stash more than once and learned the hard way how to store used coffee grounds. Be sure to watch my video below!
PS You will also learn how reuse them as well. So read on.
Anna, why are you obsessed with coffee grounds? You can’t reuse them for drinking.
I know. I tried that once.
That is all I have to say.
Why I Love Coffee Grounds–Ways to Reuse Them
Just in case you want to know why I love coffee grounds so much, read my multiple articles. Coffee grounds are a gardener’s best friend IF used right.
- 5 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds for the Garden
- 5 Coffee Ground Myths for the Garden. Don’t be fooled by some of those *internet* tips.
- Coffee Grounds Foe or Friend? Learn the right way to re-use coffee grounds in the garden. (P.S. This article has been read a gazillion times on my site. Everyone loves this article.)
- How Coffee Grounds Saved my
- Using Coffee Grounds in the Compost. Plus, Get Your Compost Brew Right.
If gardening isn’t your thing, here are some other articles on other ways to reuse your coffee grounds:
- How to Recycle Coffee Grounds
- Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. 17 Ways to Reuse your Coffee Grounds.
- 15 Creative Ways to Reuse Your Coffee Grounds.
I told you I love coffee grounds. The smell is heavily even though I don’t drink coffee.
How to Store Used Coffee Grounds Properly
If you live in an area of the country that is cold in the winter, going out to the composter may not be an option. I store mine in leftover containers for use in the garden in the spring. Lately, I have been stockpiling the grounds since I have illusions that I will be making some products with the grounds.
Anna, you spend waaay to much time in your garden to even think about using those grounds other than for the garden.
Yeah, I know. But, a girl can dream. Right?
So in order to feed my illusion, I thought I came up with a nifty way to store them. Use hubs’ protein powder containers.
However, there is one problem.
Okay, one big problem.
Simply allowing the ground to dry on the countertop doesn’t work.
They mold inside the containers.
Green, brown, and smelly.
(Okay, gross, green, brown and smelly.) So, all that hard work of drying them and putting them in the containers was for nothing. *Sheesh*
So now I dry them in the oven after I cook dinner. I simply turn off the oven and let them sit there overnight on a cookie sheet. Alternatively, I dry them outside during the summer.
Don’t let the oven cool to much before putting them into dry. Do it right away.
Since then, not one moldy container has passed under my nose.
Watch my video below to show you what you should look for when you store your coffee grounds and tips on how to store them.
Join the Conversation
Do you reuse your coffee grounds? If so, how do you store the used coffee grounds?