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I remember the first time I tasted coffee. I was a teenager sitting at the breakfast table with my Dad. We were eating sourdough toast with salty butter and he was dipping his piece into his steaming hot cup of coffee.
At the time, I thought he was weird. The butter would come off the toast and float to the surface, I would think, “how gross.” Little did I know, many years later, that the butter thing would become a trend! He said, “don’t judge until you try it,” and so I did. Much to my surprise, it was delicious and I spent most mornings of my senior year in high school dunking my sourdough toast into my coffee.
I know what you’re thinking– and it’s a lot better than you think!
Then I went off to college and I turned to coffee to keep me going during those intensely busy years, and I have been a fan ever since. As a runner, I look to coffee to improve my performance, especially on race mornings. As a Mom of three small children, coffee has become my lifeline. It isn’t just the caffeine that keeps me coming back, although that’s a big part, but it’s the act of brewing my coffee in the morning and the smell that fills our dark, sleepy house. Holding a toasty cup in my cold hands and feeling the warm fluid slip down into my belly. For so many of us, coffee is a comforting daily ritual and one that brings a little joy to our lives.
I enjoy trying new varieties of coffee, but the daily staple in our house is Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast. This medium roast isn’t too light or too dark. It tastes smooth, with notes of cocoa and nuts, and there is no better smell first thing in the morning.
So I was thrilled when I found out that for every bag of Starbucks® 10-12z & 20z Ground or Whole Bean coffee purchased at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. from May 1st through May 28, Starbucks provides one disease-resistant coffee tree to a farmer in Mexico, Guatemala or El Salvador by donating 70¢ – the average cost of a tree – to Conservation International to foster thriving coffee communities. To learn more, visit conservation.org/onetree.
I shop at Albertsons weekly, so you can be sure that I’ll be stocking up. My family and I are always looking for ways to help others and the fact that Starbucks will support coffee farmers while we buy something we already use seems like a no-brainer to me.
Check out the special Starbucks “One Tree One Bag” commitment display in the coffee aisle!
We drink a lot of coffee in this house and we are left with an abundance of grounds. For a long time I just threw out the grounds, but a few years ago I started putting them in my garden and it really helped my flower beds look their best – plus my yard smells amazing!
Recently, I started to wonder what other ways I could upcycle my coffee grounds, or maybe you’re thinking, “what else can I do with those old coffee grounds?”
Here are four ideas that are actually very useful.
#1 GARDEN: Like I said, save up those old grounds and sprinkle them on flower beds or gardens as fertilizer. It will Ph balance your soil for optimum growth and bloom. Plus, is smells great and repels insects.
#2 BODY SCRUB: Whip up a batch of this 3 ingredient Body scrub. This would make a wonderful homemade gift for Mom this Mother’s Day– yep, that is right around the corner.
TO MAKE THE SCRUB: Just place 1 cup of coffee grounds, 1 cup of coarse sugar, and a 1/2 cup of coconut oil in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and you’re done. Apply when showering. Use a circular motion to sluff away dry, dead flakes– your skin will glow!
You can also add some grounds to homemade soaps–it makes a great exfoliation bar.
#3 DEODORIZER: Fill a muslin bag, cheesecloth, or clean sock with old grounds and hang in your trash cans or refrigerator. Pour a few down the garbage disposal to leave your whole kitchen smelling heavenly or add some to your next DIY candle.
#4 ENERGY: Add a small amount to your next pre- or post-workout smoothie for an added boost of energy or to your favorite energy ball recipe. For this, you may want to use your personal grounds. I keep a small bag in my freezer for up to one month. Bonus: it deodorizes the freezer.What is brown and white and makes your skin glow? Find out on the blog today! #shop #collectivebias… Click To Tweet
There are many unique ways to upcycle coffee grounds, but these are the ones I’ve personally tried and consistently use. We can’t get enough of coffee, all of its wonderful benefits and the way it smells. Thank you, Dad, for dunking your sourdough toast in your coffee all those years ago, who knows if I’d be such a fan if I hadn’t mimicked your quirky habit!
Don’t forget that Starbucks® will donate 70¢ to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. from May 1st through May 28 to foster thriving coffee communities.
To learn more, visit conservation.org/onetree. So go stock up on Pike Place® Roast ground or whole bean coffee– help others while getting your favorite morning cup of Joe!
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