Not only can you use coffee as a body scrub, you can also use it for your meat (no pun intended). Two great ideas for putting those beans to use!
Coffee Body Scrub
Mix the following:
5 tbsp of coconut butter, or olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tbsp coarsely ground coffee
2 tbsp sugar
(A little bit of vanilla extract and/or a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg can add a refreshing smell)
Mix the dry ingredients (salt, sugar and coffee) and then add the oil and stir. Apply on wet skin and give it a good rub with a small towel, or sponge then rinse with warm water. If you like you can finish with cold water, which will close your pores. If you do a hot-cold, hot-cold shower it can also help to relax your muscles. Furthermore cold water is said to help your mental state to brighten up. If you don’t want to use it straight away you can keep it in a container in a cool place for quite some time.
You can also double, or triple the recipe and pack it in a nice glass jar and give it away as a gift. Who doesn’t love to get body products to spoil themselves with? And body rubs are excellent for getting rid of dead skin cells and increasing the blood circulation. Not to mention: they feel great.
Coffee Meat Rub
Now, maybe there’s another kind of meat you want to rub to get ready for the BBQ and coffee adds a great taste effect. You can even let the meat soak in a little bit of brewed coffee if you like, as it works as a tenderizer. If you soak it, it will get a stronger coffee taste, whereas just rubbing it will give it some neat undertones. It works well with chicken, duck, beef and lamb.
· 1/2 cup finely ground coffee
· 1/4 cup coarsely ground pepper
· 3 tablespoons kosher salt
Mix coffee, pepper and salt together in a small bowl. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the rub. Using your hands, rub it evenly onto 1 1/2 pounds (6 servings) of your chosen meat just before grilling. If you don’t use all the coffee rub in one go you can store it in an airtight container for up to one month.