July 14, 2010
Coffee grounds and beans go beyond the morning brew

Sure, we love our morning cuppa and we know that nitrogen-rich coffee grounds are beneficial in the garden. Now Bill McClure offers other uses for coffee grounds and beans. He's the CEO of, a family-owned coffee business that does a lot of mail-order.

His tips:

- Kitchen drains can get stinky. Slowly pour a cup of coffee grounds, mixed with boiling water, down the drains to freshen them up.
- Coffee grounds can be used to clean any stain-resistant surface. They're especially effective for cleaning greasy kitchen surfaces.
- Remove food-handling odors (fish, garlic) by rubbing a few coffee beans in your hands. The oils in the beans absorb smells.
- To freshen the breath, suck on a coffee bean.

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