• Beauty and the Bean

     

    Sometimes, when we're roasting Six Depot coffee, it doesn't turn out quite right. In these cases, we never sell it and so we were looking for what to do with the beans. After a little research, we came up with these uses and now give these beans away to customers -- not for drinking, but for beauty!  

    Get shiny hair Coffee is a simple, natural treatment to make hair extra-glossy. Brew up an extra-strong pot, let it cool and apply it to your dry, clean hair. Leave it on for at least twenty minutes, then rinse. Keep it up once a week or so for best results.

    Natural dye The natural pigments in coffee make it a great natural dye for fabric, paper, Easter eggs - even your hair.

    Reduce cellulite Pricey cellulite creams almost always have one major ingredient in common: caffeine. To make your own, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing. 


    Exfoliate skin Coffee can smooth and tighten your skin, and the texture will buff away dead skin cells. Combine a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil and a drop of your favorite essential oil. 


    Kill refridgerator odor Just place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors. 
 

    Erase smells on your hands Get rid of smells like garlic, salmon, onions on your hands after cooking by rubbing them with a handful of used coffee grounds and rinsing with warm water.

    Make rich compost The grounds are rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper, they release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade and they're a little bit acidic, which is great for certain soils.

    Reduce fireplace mess Want to clean your fireplace without causing a dust storm? Wait until the embers are cool, sprinkle damp coffee grounds all over the ashes , let them sit for about 15 minutes and then scoop out the whole mess into a metal ash can.

    Pin cushion filler Dried, used coffee grounds are the perfect filler for homemade pin cushions. Just wrap them in some scrap cloth, tie it off with a rubber band and place the cloth in an egg cup or other small container. The grounds will keep your pins from rusting, too. 


    Repel ants Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard; or, to tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.

    Fertilize plants Acid-loving plants love coffee grounds sprinkled around their roots. Azaleas, blueberry shrubs and rhododendrons are just a few.

    Keep cats out of your garden Just sprinkle used coffee grounds on the soil, and cats will want nothing to do with it. 


    Scrub all kinds of surfaces Mildly abrasive and acidic, coffee grounds are great for scrubbing surfaces like countertops, cooking ranges and refrigerators. Use them alone or mix them with a little dish soap. 


    Auto air freshener Use the grounds to make an all-natural DIY air freshener.

    Repel fleas Rub used, damp coffee grounds through your pet's fur after bathing to repel fleas naturally.

    Pretty vase fillers Old coffee beans are still a thing of beauty. Use them as vase fillers, or in cups or jars full of pens and pencils.  


    Secret recipe ingredient Just a little hint of coffee can be the ingredient that becomes your undisclosed "magic touch" in foods like chili, chocolate cake, or in a marinade for steaks. Not only will it make them unbelievably tender, it'll also provide a hint of deep, smoky flavor. 


    Touch up furniture scratches Scratches on wood furniture disappear almost instantly by simply rubbing in a little bit of instant coffee dampened into a paste with hot water.

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