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Stop pretending as if you’ve never wondered if it’s okay to eat coffee grounds.

There’s no shame in admitting it - it’s something we’ve all thought of before when we’re dumping what seems like four metric tons of grounds into the trash after brewing our coffee. Can my body digest them? Will they give me energy? Are coffee grounds the next superfood? Do they even taste good? Read on to find out more.

Yes, They’re Edible 

Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds are what’s leftover when you brew your morning (...or afternoon...or evening) cup of joe. Even after they’ve been soaked with water and filtered, coffee grounds still contain caffeine, antioxidants, and dietary fiber - though in smaller amounts than before they were brewed.

According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, spent grounds do contain higher levels of dietary phenolic compounds than brewed coffee. But WTF are polyphenols and why are they important? These organic compounds are known to fight harmful UV rays and pathogens, prevent the development of some illnesses like cancer and diabetes, and boost cardiovascular strength. Sounds good to us.

Coffee grounds make a great bittersweet addition to marinades and can even help tenderize meat. You can also add them to baked goods (like these cookies or brownies) in order to enhance the chocolate flavor or infuse your treats with that rich espresso taste. Try a literal coffee cake or some gluten-free, dairy-free coffee granola. Dare we suggest grabbing an Eat Your Coffee Caffeinated Energy Bar on your way to work?

Other Ways to Recycle Coffee Grounds

Recycle Coffee Grounds

Want to do more than just eat your coffee grounds? Don't worry, we’ve rounded up a few other ways to get rid of your coffee remnants, too.

  • Enjoy an at-home spa day with a DIY coffee exfoliating scrub
  • Rub grounds between your fingers to eliminate odors from your hands after chopping onions or garlic
  • Sprinkle spent grounds in areas where you’d like to repel insects - slugs, ants, and snails will stay away!
  • Mix some coffee grounds with oil and use it to repair scratches on dark furniture
  • Use grounds as a less annoying version of confetti that smells good and doesn’t leave glitter all over the place (okay, we made that one up, but it sounds nice, doesn’t it?)