When you’ve brewed more coffee than you can drink in a morning, it’s a shame to let that java go to waste by pouring it down the drain. Instead, you can put it to use with these clever tips for using up leftover coffee.
Before you get started repurposing that extra joe, however, there are a few things you should know. First, coffee becomes increasingly acidic as it sits out and oxidizes, says Tomas Peters, cafe manager with the Good Ambler bakery and coffee shop in Chicago (the cafe has a planned opening for this spring). To keep it as fresh as possible, transfer your leftover coffee to a heat-proof, airtight container after it comes to room temperature, then store it in the fridge and use within a day or two. (We like using mason jars, $11 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.)