I drink a TON of coffee. My boyfriend and I start each day off with two cups each, I brew one or two more cups at work throughout the day, and on late working nights at home the BF and I will brew another full pot to get us through studying, writing, and designing. I know it's probably not good for me, and I've started replacing some of my nighttime coffee with herbal teas, but coffee will always be a staple in my diet.
Drinking a lot of coffee means making a lot of coffee, which means I end up with a lot of leftover coffee grounds. I knew my mother saved coffee grounds to use in her garden, but since I live in an apartment with only a few potted plants, I never saw a reason to save the massive amounts of coffee grounds I created.
In my pursuit for more budget friendly practices, something in my witchy brain finally clicked: use coffee in my magic!
I mean, why wouldn't I? Coffee is integral to my identity. I've formed and strengthened many of my most important relationships over coffee, and written many great essays and articles in the wee hours with a mug of cold coffee by my side. It's how I start my day every day. It energizes me and gives me time to mull over the coming day and prepare for it.
So, in the interest of saving money, recycling what otherwise would be trash, and incorporating my beloved addiction into my practice, I've started using coffee grounds in these ways!
Disclaimer: Before using coffee grounds, I spread them out on a paper towel to dry overnight. Once they are dry, I store them in a plastic jar with a screw on lid (which was also repurposed!) and spoon out whatever I want to use. Using wet coffee grounds in some of these practices is a BAD idea because it can cause mold! Gross.
1. Morning time "wake up" satchet
I recently got into making satchets as a way to complement my jar spells (more on those later!) and I'm hooked. It's common to make satchets for relaxation and sleep, but honestly I am one of those people who needs WAY more help waking up than falling asleep! For this practice, you will need:
- Cotton or burlap bag with drawstring (or, you can cut up an old cotton tshirt and sew three sides into a bag, then sew up the top when you're done!)
- Coffee grounds (dried)
- A few whole coffee beans, if available
- Dried orange peels
- Your favorite energizing essential oils, like eucalyptus or orange oil (optional)
Scoop the coffee grounds, beans, and orange peels into the bag. Mix the ingredients together while repeating your intention for an energizing morning—I like to use "I am awake, I am alive, I am energized for another day." Reopen the bag, drop in two or three drops of essential oil, and close the bag, repeating your intention for a final time. Tie a loose knot so that you can refresh the bags ingredients as needed. Keep the satchet by your bedside, preferably inside a drawer. When you wake up, give it a whiff and get your senses moving with bright citrus and warm coffee smells!
2. Housewarming candle magic
One of my favorite witchy practices is cleansing and warming the energy of my home. I love to have people over, and making sure my house is a respite from the craziness of the world is super important. I clean regularly, try to clear away clutter, and perform small rituals that make my home cozy! I burn candles a LOT, both as a ritual practice and just for ambience. I buy the giant bags of unscented tea lights from IKEA like twice a year, and use them for EVERYTHING.
For this magic, you'll need some unscented or vanilla tea lights, small bowls or jars, and lots of coffee grounds! I fill a bowl with coffee grounds, nestle a tea light down in the middle, and light the wick. The heat from the candle wafts the smell of the coffee grounds in small areas of your space, so I place them strategically by the door (for a warm welcome), near the sofa (for comfortable lounging), and on the dining room table (for loving conversation and meals). Do this when you have company coming over, or to help warm your spirits during lonely periods. It may even attract some fun houseguests!
3. "Blessing" objects to promote clarity, wakefulness, and focus
This one can be kind of messy, so I suggest doing it outside, or on objects that can get a little crumbly! Since coffee is strongly associated with energy, focus, and hard work, it's a great tool to use for rituals that imbue those characteristics. In the past, I have used coffee grounds to bless my car, so that I was focused and alert while driving (I sprinkled the grounds on all four of my tires, not inside the car). I have also used it while blessing my textbooks and laptop at the beginning of new semesters, or discreetly sprinkled it on the ground around me while studying outside. If you are using coffee grounds to sprinkle directly on an object, you can just protect the object by laying tissue paper over the top, or sprinkle the grounds onto a wipeable surface. You can also use coffee grounds to bless yourself in a ritual bath—just stand in the tub, exfoliate your wet skin with the grounds, and rinse. Ritual baths are a practice in their own right, and I'll write more about them later! Basically, coffee grounds, once dry, are fairly easy to clean up and are quite effective in small amounts, which makes them ideal for blessing practices.