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5 more unusual ways to use coffee

From meaty marinades to sorting out stinky freezers! You'll love these brilliant outside-the-box ideas

By Deborah James, 10 April 2017
5 more unusual ways to use coffee

We all know what coffee is good for - as a velvety hot drink supped in the morning to revive our weary minds. That, and to add delicious flavour to an afternoon cake. 

But it also has LOADS of other great uses, some you probably have no idea of! 

Here are some of our favourite unusual coffee ideas as we celebrate National Coffee Week from 10 - 16 April. 

Savoury coffee rubs

Used in a marinade on meat, the coffee gives a decadent dark, lacquered finish and a nutty aroma. Our food editor Gregor McMaster says: "Coffee is great for BBQ rubs - my favourite being beef brisket, but it also works well in sticky glazes for pork and lamb marinades."

Don't just take our word for it, give it a go with this amazing coffee-rubbed beef brisket with beer. TOTAL MELT-IN-THE-MOUTH HEAVEN. 

Add depth to stocks and soups

Next time you’re about to chuck the rest of your morning grounds down the sink - DON'T! Gregor explains: "My top tip is freeze any leftover coffee that you have brewed in ice cube trays and then you can easily add it to stocks, soups and marinades. A great way to save on waste and add on flavour."

Make the simple more sophisticated

Coffee is also a great addition to add richness and layers of flavour, even to the most simple of ingredients. Gregor says, "My favourite is adding it to Boston baked beans, which is basically a homemade version of the tins you buy made with dried beans. You serve it with sausages or toast.

"I also add it to my chilli con carne and Bolognese - delicious!

"Or to liven up a simple dessert, just pour an espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream."

 Try adding a tiny pinch of ground coffee to the tomatoes in our cowboy beans with cheesy mash for extra depth of flavour.

Stop your freezer smelling

Good Housekeeping magazine says, "use coffee grounds to keep your freezer from getting stinky. Just toss dry grounds into an old margarine tub with holes in the lid and place the tub in the freezer to absorb odours."

Feed your compost

Coffee is also great for your garden! Good Housekeeping magazine explains, "the nitrogen in coffee grounds that helps your plants grow can also work hard in your compost bin. Pour used grounds onto your pile, give everything a solid stir, then sit back and let it do its thing"

Our Extra Special coffee range of ground, whole beans and instant coffee is all Fairtrade so stock up online or pop into your local store.