Food Waste Action Week

How to re-use spent coffee grounds

1-7 March is Food Waste Action Week, and we’re committed to not only reducing our food waste in our restaurant and bar, but also to help you at home.

For our part, we’ll be signing up to WRAP’s Guardians of Grub programme – starting by measuring our food waste, and then putting an action plan into play.

If you want to take up the challenge of reducing your food waste at home, Food and Beverage Lead, Catherine Maddocks has given us some of her top tips (and great recipe for coffee liqueur). Plus, you can share your tips on social media and win some pretty great prizes by taking up the Love Food Hate Waste challenge here.

How to re-use spent coffee grounds

The world population drinks more than 2.2 billion cups of coffee each day sorting out everyone’s caffeine needs – but that also means 500,000 tons of wet, heavy coffee grounds are being thrown away. Typically, coffee grounds are dumped into normal waste where they end up in a landfill, and produce a toxic greenhouse gas, which is one the primary causes of global warming.

There is SO much more we can do with used coffee grounds – they have huge potential to be used again, which many people don’t realise. Here are a few things to try to help save our planet and be more sustainable:

– Add coffee grounds to your compost bin for a rich and healthy compost – it’ll nourish your plants and help them grow even more.
– Create your very own face scrub – coffee grounds are great for your skin and body, just add a little body oil or water and you’re away.
– Spread it on the garden to keep cats, slugs and pests away!
– Use it for baking – there is still 70% of good life in used coffee grounds, meaning they can easily be reused for intense flavour and cooking (much nicer than an artificial coffee flavouring!).
– Arts and crafts – it’s great for staining paper, greeting cards and notebooks.
– Neutralising odours – stick a pot of used coffee grounds open in your fridge or in the bottom of your bin and it’ll get rid of any odours. It’s your very own free air freshener!
– Tenderise meat – meat contains proteins and fibres that can often be tough when eating. Using coffee grounds helps break this down and enhances the flavour giving it a softer texture and delicious flavour.

These are just a few things you can do to help our planet, as well as practical and creative ways to re-use coffee grounds wherever possible. Even if you just sprinkle them onto your garden to use as a good old fertiliser!

Coffee liqueur recipe

– Weigh your spent coffee grounds and add them to a small saucepan with the equivalent amount of sugar and boiling water (it’s ready once the sugar has dissolved).
– Leave to cool, then add to an airtight container and leave in the fridge for 48 hours.
– Drain through muslin to strain out all of the coffee grounds, then measure how much liquid you have.
– Add the equivalent amount of vodka or rum.
– Keep in clean bottle or airtight container in the fridge for up to two months.

Now that you’ve re-used your coffee grounds twice, put them in the food recycling or try another of Catherine’s tips!