Most people start their day with a rich, piping hot cup of coffee. If you are a coffee lover, you probably brew your own coffee at home. Not only is it cheaper, you can also enjoy freshly brewed coffee anytime you want. Since you know exactly how you want your coffee, you always get the perfect cup of joe. But no matter how perfect your brew is, you always end up with leftover coffee.

Most people brew coffee at home in the hopes of saving money. But let’s face it. How many of you brew a big pot of coffee, thinking you’d be drinking way more coffee than usual. You’re swamped with work, and you totally forgot about it. At the end of the day, you are faced with a big pot of old day coffee.

No one wants to drink leftover coffee. You’re not looking forward to the bland taste, so you have no choice but to throw it out. How many times have you poured that precious coffee down the drain? The next time you’re faced with a few cups or a pot full of coffee you didn’t manage to drink, don’t toss it.

Here are 6 things you can do with leftover coffee. After seeing these tricks, you’ll never throw away your coffee again.

Reheat it

Reheat leftover coffee

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I know. Lukewarm coffee that’s been sitting on the counter for several hours doesn’t taste good. But if you’re in need of a caffeine jolt, it will do. But you may want to reheat it first.

For a better tasting coffee, try adding some milk or almond milk before popping it into the microwave. Another option is to add a teaspoon of butter or coconut oil to your coffee. Day old coffee may not taste good, but this will give you delicious, creamy cup. This concoction is called bulletproof coffee. Aside from providing with you a boost of energy, it will also give you mental clarity and suppressed hunger. Once you try this, you’ll never look at leftover coffee the same way again.

Cook or bake with it

Cook or bake with leftover coffee

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If you brew your own coffee at home, chances are there’s always a little leftover in the pot. Stop wasting that liquid gold. Instead, try turning it into something new and delicious.

That coffee that has been sitting on your kitchen counter can turn your ordinary meals into something extra special. Coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate, which is perfect for baking. Simply swap in some of the liquid required in your recipe with a bit of coffee for a jolt of flavor. Coffee can also be used in sweet and savory recipes.

If you love coffee, you will surely love having it in your meals as well. Try any of these coffee recipes, so your extra joe doesn’t go to waste. Who knows, you might just discover your new favorite dish.

Make ice cream using leftover coffee

Make ice cream using leftover coffee

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Everybody loves ice cream. A big bowl of ice cream is enough to make sadness, heartaches, and other causes of pain easier to get through. This frozen treat is something you can enjoy any time of the year.

Not a fan of chocolate or vanilla? How about coffee ice cream? Does that sound good to you? Instead of throwing out your leftover coffee, it would be a good idea to turn it into an ice cream.  It makes the perfect treat for family gathering and even barbecue parties.

Luckily for you, ice cream is extremely easy to make. This coffee ice cream recipe will satisfy your coffee cravings and help you stay cool this summer.

Make coffee ice cubes

Make coffee ice cubes using leftover coffee

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Most people drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day. It helps power them throughout the day. But with the scorching summer heat, it may not be a good idea to drink a cup of piping hot coffee. This summer, you may want to switch to iced coffee instead.

Iced coffee is basically coffee with ice. But with the summer heat, the ice is likely to melt in just a few minutes; thus, leaving you with bland coffee. To prevent that from happening, we suggest that you use leftover coffee for making ice cubes and use it on your coffee. Now, you can enjoy a rich, delicious glass of iced coffee without watering it down.

Water acid loving plants

Water acid loving plants

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Coffee used as a fertilizer is nothing new. In fact, farmers have been doing this for several decades already. However, they use coffee grounds, not day-old coffee.

If you’re wondering if you can use leftover coffee for watering plants, the answer is yes. But it only works best on acid loving plants like rhododendron, dieffenbachia, orchids, African violets, and azalea. Make sure, though, that you only use black coffee. Cream and sugar in coffee will invite pets and harm your plants.

Get crafty

coffee painting

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If you ever spilled coffee on your favorite shirt or carpet, you probably already know how hard it is to remove. But what if we tell you that you can use leftover coffee for creating art? We’re not talking about latte art. It’s about using coffee as paint. Interested yet?

You can create a monochromatic painting with coffee. It is an easy and enjoyable process. This is something the whole family can enjoy. Not only is it fun, it can also help alleviate stress.