Caffeine may be the perfect drug of today’s age — affordable, legal, and available everywhere. It appears as the perfect antidote to the many complaints of fatigue, exhaustion, stress and insomnia.
As an avid coffee drinker who purchases your own bag of beans weekly, you would probably agree that it is inevitable to see your monthly grocery shopping budget dwindling ever so quickly and resisted the urge to splurge on that bag of organic produce to indulge in. Instead, you grab the next best in line and make do with that. After all, you cannot really tell the difference in taste between the organic and non-organic vegetables, but you can definitely do so with your coffee.
But what if we say that you can get a bigger bang for your buck and make your coffee work a little harder for you, so that you can cut yourself back a cuppa, or even find ways to up your returns on investment for your bag of beans? Picture yourself sitting on your favourite chair, sipping your cuppa and smiling to yourself, knowing that you have made great use of the coffee beans you love and improving your lifestyle (plus saving some money of course!). Interested to know how? Read on!
If you grind your own coffee beans or have loads of leftover beans, you may find this first hack a crowd-pleaser at get-togethers — a great sweet snack of chocolate-coated coffee beans that takes no time to make at all.
All you have to do is melt some of your favourite chocolate and stir in the beans. Once they are coated, remove them individually with a fork. Let them harden on a piece of wax or parchment paper.
Make this snack one that is packed full of antioxidants and collagen-producing goodness by using 85% cocoa dark chocolate! The flavonoids present in cocoa would definitely help ease your journey to smooth skin. Yummy snack, plus giving new life to your stale beans with benefits for beautiful skin? Yes, please!
Now, this powerful mix of quality butter, coconut oil and black coffee is something that has taken the brightest spot on social platforms and is not one that you can deny of. The Bulletproof coffee is alleged to improve physical and mental performance and boost productivity.
By combining quality black coffee with 1 teaspoon–2 tablespoons of cold-pressed coconut oil, 1–2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter, you can create a metabolism- and energy-boosting morning drink.
This cocktail of a coffee triggers weight loss by way of ketosis, a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbohydrates that kicks fat-burning into overdrive. Promising to kill pesky cravings, it injects a shining dose of mental clarity into your foggy morning brain. Sounds like the perfect plan to kickstart your day without having to touch another cuppa anytime soon in hours? But, keep in mind to approach this drink with caution and not venture into getting yourself a caffeine overdose with its potency.
Brewed yourself a whole pot of aromatic coffee and realised you went overboard with what you thought you needed? You can either freeze them in ice cube trays and pour milk over the frozen cubes to make iced latte the next time or make a delicious coffee topping to impress your guests!
To make coffee jelly, simply add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of unflavoured gelatin powder (mixed with 4 tablespoons of water) to 3 cups of hot coffee. Pop the mixture into your fridge to set the jelly. To serve, cut the jelly into your desired size and add it to your iced coffee. Swap your usual fresh milk in coffee to soy milk for an easy and delicious spin of the usual!
Butter for your Toasts
If you are all about saving yourself time from downing a hot cup of coffee or love everything coffee, this one's for you. Making your caffeine experience more wholesome with a delicious butter to spread on toast, to serve with pretzels as an amuse-bouche or even add it to your oatmeal breakfast like a nut butter! Sounds yummy? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- ¾ cup of ground coffee
- 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
- Cheesecloth, for wringing
In a tall container, add the heavy cream and stir in the ground coffee till completely mixed. Seal the container and refrigerate overnight.
Strain the coffee mixture (making sure to push all the fats through) into a food processor. Add the icing sugar and kosher salt, and spin the mixture until the fat forms into butter and the liquid separates. Transfer the mixture to a large piece of cheesecloth and wring out any excess liquid. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.
Deodorant for your Fridge
Give your coffee grounds a second life by removing odours from your refrigerator and freezer.
Just load up a small open container with your old grounds and place it in the back of your fridge. That’s practically all you will need to do.Leave it in for a couple of weeks while you collect more grounds. Easy!
Scrub Away Signs of Cellulite
Now, here’s one for the beauty-conscious and you probably already know this: There are probably hundreds of recipes on Pinterest for cellulite-reducing coffee body scrubs. But honestly, a simple mix of 1 cup of stale coffee grounds, 1/2 cup of white or brown sugar and 1 cup of coconut oil will do just the trick. By massaging this trifecta onto any problem area, you'll stimulate blood flow, resulting in smoother, firmer skin.
As the grounds act as a gentle skin exfoliator to remove dead skin cells for baby smooth skin, the caffeine is purported to provide antioxidants and tighten the skin, when applied topically over time.
Bonus: Used coffee grounds are great for scrubbing your pots and pans too, so give it a go!