How to Make Coffee Logs : Step by Step
People seemed to like our 10 Tips to Recycle Used Coffee Grounds. So much so that we thought we’d add an eleventh: Coffee Logs. If you intend to keep warm and toasty next to a roaring fire, we can help.
The following article will show you how to make Coffee Logs, as well as explain what they are in the first place. Please keep reading to find out more information.
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What are Coffee Logs?
The painful truth is that around six million tonnes of used Coffee grounds end up in a landfill every year. There are, of course, ways to recycle them, including in the garden, on the compost heap, applied topically to the skin and even as flea repellents.
Sure, your cat or dog might thank you for preventing their itches, but they’ll thank you even more for keeping them warm cuddled up near a fire.
A Coffee Log is a briquette (a compressed block of a substance used as a fuel) quite literally made from your used Coffee grounds. When dried and packed together in such a manner, they provide ample energy and potentially heat more than traditional fuels such as wood.
Not only will a Coffee Log make your beloved pets feel cosy but also your family and friends. What’s not to like?
Any Coffee Logs Any Good?
Are Coffee logs smokeless? Are Coffee logs environmentally friendly? Do Coffee logs smell like Coffee? These are the questions you might be asking yourself while wondering whether they’re any good.
Let’s start from the top. Coffee Logs aren’t, sadly, smokeless fuel. However, they won’t produce as much smoke as burning wood that is too wet (over 20% moisture content).
Whether they can be considered Coffee Eco Logs, meanwhile, depends on your perspective. Some people would rightly argue that anything burnt - be it wood or used Coffee grounds - contributes to climate change.
On the other hand, they generate 80% less emissions than if they were sent to landfill. Finally, those wondering, “Do Coffee Logs smell of Coffee?”, the answer is yes, slightly - and that’s a good thing!
How to Make Coffee Logs
The time has come to show you how to make Coffee logs. Having 750g of used Coffee grounds (the specific type of Coffee is up to you, though we hope you buy from us) is only the start.
You’ll also need one (preferably old) metal bread tin, a wooden spoon, a 225g wax block, and 500ml of molasses. Once you have these items on hand, you can begin with the following instructions:
1, Prepare the Oven.
Preheat the oven to 120°C for creating homemade Coffee Logs.
2, Dry Out the Used Coffee Grounds.
Spread the Coffee grounds evenly on a baking sheet and then place them in the oven for around 20 minutes or until they’ve dried out thoroughly.
3, Set Aside and Move on to Molasses and Wax.
Remove the grounds from the oven and set them aside for now. You’ll next want to pour the molasses into the bread tin and add the wax block.
4, Put Molasses and Wax in the Oven.
Place the wax and molasses in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the wax melts completely.
5, Remove, Mix and Replace.
Take the tin out of the oven and mix before putting it back in for a further five minutes.
6, Add the Coffee Grounds.
Remove the tin once more and add your dried Coffee grounds a little at a time. This you should try to mix in well so as to distribute the grounds evenly.
7, Allow it Time to Dry.
When you’re confident that the grounds have been covered in the mixture, you can set it aside so that it starts to cool and solidify.
8, Optional: Use Aluminium Foil.
The best way to ensure your Coffee Fire Log keeps its shape is to cut a piece of aluminum twice the size of the bread tin.
Double it over so that it fits inside, and then place it on top of the mixture before compressing evenly. It can then go into the freezer to solidify and cool completely.
9, Extract the Coffee Ground Log from the Tin.
After around 50 minutes in the freezer, retrieve your Coffee Log, take a sharp knife and work it from the tin. You might have to bang the back to release it.
10, Repeat the Process.
Coffee Logs for wood burners and fireplaces are most efficient when you have a few of them. Consider stocking up by repeating the process above.
Summary of Making Logs from Coffee Grounds
This article has explained, “What are Coffee Logs?” and determined whether they’re any good. It has also shown you how to make Coffee Logs in the easiest way possible.
You can expect it to be thirsty work, so we suggest enjoying a cup of Fresh Coffee before you start. Be sure to browse our selection here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. You won’t regret it.