Coffee – much more than just a drink


Coffee makes it feel as though all things are possible. Many of them are highly unlikely, but they are possible… Similarly, it’s fairly unlikely for you to have ever thought of the following few things, but I can assure you that they, too, are possible.

People still tend to dispose of the grounds left behind after coffee has been brewed. Well, in a world where recycling, up-cycling, and down-cycling (forgive me if I forgot another “cycling”) have become popular, used coffee grounds have also found new purposes:

Fertilize your garden. Coffee grounds contain key minerals for plant growth, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. They also absorb heavy metals that contaminate soil. You can even compost it for later… and no one can complain about coffee scented compost heap.

Repel insects and pests.  Set out bowls of coffee grounds or sprinkle them around outdoor seating areas, to create a bug/pest repellent. The caffeine and diterpenes found in the grounds are highly toxic to insects, including mosquito's, beetles, and fruit flies. Who needs Peaceful Sleep? Coffee grounds are all you need to keep.

Remove fleas from your pet. Fleas are a common problem in household pets that can end up being costly and time-consuming. Luckily, fleas don’t seem to like coffee. Rub the grounds throughout your pet’s fur after shampooing, wash them off and allow to dry as usual. A flea-free spree, for free!

Coffee – you only need one cup, but I’ll take four cups, a fertilizer, bug repellent and flea remover as well, just to be safe…
It really is the incarnation of endless possibilities.

- Mathilda Steyn - 


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