7 Ways to Use Up Leftover Coffee

updated May 1, 2019
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Maybe you had to run out the door before finishing your freshly brewed pot or you simply made too much, but whatever the case, you have leftover coffee in your kitchen. It might not be tasty enough to sip on its own, but don’t be too quick to pour it down the drain. Here are seven simple ways to make use of the remaining pot.

1. Kick up your oatmeal.

Replace some of the water you use to cook your oatmeal in with leftover coffee. The oats will absorb all that rich coffee flavor while absorbing its caffeine as well so you can get your morning buzz straight from the bowl.

2. Make ice cream.

Need an excuse to pull out the ice cream maker? Turn that leftover coffee into cool, creamy coffee ice cream and consider tonight’s dessert taken care of.

3. Freeze it into ice cubes.

Pour leftover coffee into ice cube trays and stick them in your freezer for the next time you’re craving iced coffee. The coffee ice cubes can be used to keep your iced coffee cold without watering it down.

4. Use it in a marinade.

Add some chopped garlic and onions or shallots to the leftover coffee, along with a splash of soy sauce or balsamic vinegar, for a quick and easy marinade for all meat (but particularly steak).

5. Turn your mug of hot chocolate into a mocha.

Make a steamy mug of your favorite hot chocolate and spike it with a bit of that leftover coffee and you’ve got yourself a fancy, coffee house-worthy mocha without even trying.

6. Add it to baked goods.

Swap in some of the liquid called for in your favorite baked treat recipe with a bit of leftover coffee to give it a jolt of flavor. This works particularly well in any chocolatey creation, like cake or brownies.

7. Make tiramisu.

Tiramisu is the classic way to end a meal at your favorite Italian-American joint, and it’s actually quite simple to make at home. It requires brewed coffee, but since you already have that you’re one step closer to the finished product.