How many times can you use the same coffee grounds?

In this brief article we will provide the answer to the query: “How many times can you use the same coffee grounds?”. In addition, we will discuss the most common mistakes people make when preparing coffee and we will teach you how to prepare coffee using a coffee percolator.

How many times can you use the same coffee grounds?

You should not use the coffee grounds more than one time because it loses its flavor, aroma and is definitely not good.  However, if you want to use it more than once, know that the new coffee will have a weaker taste and will have a lower amount of compounds.

The coffee grounds can be reused in other ways, such as eliminating undesirable odors, and scare away insects and sometimes as a beauty product.

Is it true that reusing coffee grounds reduces the caffeine content?

Yes, it’s true that when you reuse coffee grounds to make coffee again, the brewed coffee has less caffeine than the first-time brewed coffee. The second time the coffee can still be drinkable. However, you will have less caffeine and flavor-giving volatiles and aromatics that can influence your coffee.

What are the most common mistakes when preparing coffee?

The most common mistakes when preparing coffee are thinking that extra strong coffee has more caffeine, letting the coffee water boil, using any type of water, stirring the coffee while it is being filtered and washing your coffee percolator with detergent.

Finding extra strong coffee has more caffeine

I don’t mean it’s a mistake to use extra strong coffee. The mistake is to use it without knowing what it really is! In fact, I see that many people buy extra-strength coffee grounds with the goal of drinking more caffeinated coffee. 

Therein lies the mistake: extra-strong coffee is not coffee with more caffeine, it is coffee that has been roasted longer; a coffee, often burnt. The bitter taste comes from the burnt taste. That is, if it is for the sake of caffeine, buying extra-strong coffee is not the best option.

Let the coffee water boil

The problem with boiling coffee water is that, at this point, it begins to lose oxygen and, as a result, cannot extract all the original aromas and flavors from the drink. What’s more, boiling water burns the coffee, which also causes a certain bitterness.

Use any type of water

This item is totally linked to the previous item: if boiling is not good, then it is important that the water is filtered or mineral. And not only that: it is important to remember that a cup of coffee is composed almost entirely of water. In other words, how is it going to extract the flavors of the coffee, the purer and without impurities, the better!

Stir the coffee while it’s being made

This is a very easy “cafezistic” sin to avoid. Perhaps in a hurry, we tend to stir the water as it passes through the dust. Here, too, we contribute to the loss of the richness of flavors and aromas. The best thing is to leave the water there, quiet, passing naturally through the dust

Wash the strainer with detergent

After talking so much about how things can interfere with the taste of coffee, you should already be suspicious of this information, right? Using soap or detergent to wash the strainer is risking leaving traces of chemical products for the next time you use it (in the case of a cloth strainer). The best thing is to always wash with running water.

How to prepare coffee using a coffee percolator?

In general, 5 or 6 tablespoons of powder are enough to prepare 1L of coffee using a percolator. But that varies according to one’s taste. The ideal is to use fine or medium grinding powder.

If you prefer a cloth strainer, it is important to wash it with hot water before using it for the first time. Like any self-respecting cloth, it comes with that gum to avoid wrinkles. 

The cloth strainer, as well as all utensils – with the exception of cups, of course – should not be washed with detergent or bleach. Unless you take the garment to your mouth, just hot water is enough for cleaning. This avoids residues altering the coffee’s taste. In the case of the cloth strainer, the risk of such residue increases.

After washing, let the strainer dry well. If you can let it dry in the sun, even better. The paper strainer has no secrets and goes to the trash as soon as it’s been used! Some say it doesn’t taste the same as coffee brewed in a cloth filter, but it’s absolutely more practical. This powder should never be reused unless your goal is to kill someone in disgust.

They say that the preparation water should never be boiling. You turn off the heat when it starts to boil. Like, at 90°C. Therefore, it is essential to always use filtered or mineral water, as it will not boil.

Conclusion

In this brief article we provided the answer to the query: “How many times can you use the same coffee grounds?”. In addition, we discussed the most common mistakes people make when preparing coffee and we taught you how to prepare coffee using a coffee percolator.

Citations

https://crazycoffeecrave.com/can-you-use-coffee-grounds-twice/
https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-percolate-coffee

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.