You’re craving for a delicious cup of espresso, you make it with your moka pot, maybe even the big one if you’re with family and friends, then you realise that there’s still some left. What now? Drinking it at room temperature is no good. Heating it up is even worse. Throwing it away seems like a waste. But we do have a solution; in fact, we have more than one: by reading this article, you can learn how to preserve leftover liquid coffee correctly and also how to reuse it creatively and usefully.
Preserving liquid coffee: how to do it and for how long
Spoiler: if you love your espresso cold, you’ll be happy if there’s some left in the moka pot. Actually, the more is left, the better, right? Careful, though: it’s best to consume it in a few days, as the more time it lies there, the higher the risk of you being left with a horrible taste in your mouth.
Leftover coffee in the fridge
The best way to preserve leftover liquid coffee is to let it cool if it’s still boiling hot then pour it into a glass bottle.
Place it in the fridge immediately, where it can stay for maximum 2-3 days. You could use it for the next morning’s cappuccino or macchiato, for example.
Leftover coffee in the freezer
An alternative solution is to freeze the beverage. When you want to taste it, remove it from the freezer and leave it at room temperature for about half an hour: now you can savour your cold coffee slush.
Another interesting idea is to pour the leftover coffee into ice cube trays. At the right time, you can take them out of the freezer and cool down other tasty beverages, like milk, for example.
How to reuse leftover coffee
If the cold version of your favourite beverage isn’t your thing and you are not interested in keeping your leftover espresso, you can reuse it in many ways. And not only in the kitchen!
Recycling leftover coffee in the kitchen
When it comes to the kitchen, here is how you can have fun:
- Delicious gourmet coffees for you to taste.
- Sweet recipes for recycling leftover coffee
- With a homemade coffee liquor, you’re sure to impress your guests.
- The original pastry cream variant.
- What about a dessert for breakfast? Try our coffee cake.
- Espresso-flavoured cocktail
Recycling leftover coffee to create cleaning products
Do you know that caffeine is both abrasive and degreasing? If you don’t believe us, give it a try! Pour a small amount of coffee on to the dirt engrained on your hob and wait for at least five minutes.
Then rub with a microfiber cloth: see, it’s working!
As well as being efficient, cleaning with leftover coffee helps protect glazed surfaces from the aggressive action of some detergents.
Recycling leftover coffee in the garden
If your favourite hobby is gardening, finding yourself with some leftover coffee in the moka is a real stroke of luck. The substances contained in this beverage have the power to nourish the soil and plants in your garden to perfection.
Speaking of gardening, there’s another type of virtuous recycling that will make your creations (and not only!) richer: discover how to reuse coffee grounds.