I will talk about how coffee filters can be reused because I was asked how to make coffee with the least possible environmental impact.
I already mentioned the problem of solid waste production due to coffee capsules. Now, I will tell you about the incredible uses and reuse of coffee filters, to continue enjoying your cup while you collaborate with the environment.
But first I will tell you something important…
Why are coffee filters reusable?
It is worth clarifying that there are coffee filters made of paper, metal, cloth, and plastic. Being filters disposable paper use.
In principle, the use of paper as a filter occurred in the chemical industry. But it was inventor Melitta Bentz who used it to lessen the bitter taste of coffee.
Coffee is an ingredient that, despite staining the paper, can be rinsed out of the filter and left in condition to be reused in a coffee extraction or some other use.
As you will see, paper filters are thin, absorbent, but resistant. Made of vegetable fiber, generally conical in shape and white in color. There are more natural unbleached. Which may well be used in other uses.
How to reuse coffee filters?
Without fear of being insensitive to the palate of exquisite connoisseurs, I tell them that the coffee filter can be reused in several extractions before discarding them.
Paper filters really stand up to various uses, even when damp or wet. Here you have the first idea to reuse the coffee filters.
In the morning after making your coffee, you remove the grounds (I’ll tell you later what to do with this too). You rinse it with plenty of water, removing any residue, and let it hang to dry to drain the excess water.
The next day you will find it dry and ready to be reused in your coffee maker.
Other uses of the coffee filter
The paper coffee filter can be reused for:
- Filter another type of liquid in the kitchen, such as used oil or undesirable residues in some other drink, such as when the tea bag breaks during the infusion.
- They serve as packaging of aromatic species to make home air fresheners, you close it by tying a ribbon. Or to place room purifiers.
- Believe it or not, used paper filters are ideal for polishing black or brown shoes.
- If you remember the benefits of coffee masks and their repairing effect, you will not hesitate to use a used coffee filter to relax and beautify your skin.
- Well washed and dried, they can recycle coffee filters to make garlands or for children to reuse in their crafts, art projects or DIY.
What can be done with the coffee leftovers?
The coffee grounds or residue can be used to make facial masks, there are those who use it to exfoliate certain areas of the skin.
Instead of throwing it away, the coffee residues serve as fertilizer for the plants. Put it together and mix it with the potting soil and you will soon see an improvement in its leaves.
Finally, you can also choose to use different methods of preparation of coffee such as the machines espresso coffee, the French press, the metal filters, or fabric, such as the average coffee, the Italian or Moka coffee; as well as those for portable use such as the AeroPress.
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Agnes is a kitchen and cooking enthusiast as well as a fitness fanatic. She loves to help readers upgrade their kitchen with the best available products!