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Turning Used Coffee Grounds Into Potent Drinks
How scientists made coffee liquor from something most people throw away

If you’ve ever made a cup of coffee, you know what you’re left with after the java is brewed - a big batch of mushy, watery coffee grounds. Now, if you’re like most, you take the grounds and the filter, and throw them in the trash. But what if the coffee grounds you threw out on Monday could be used to make your drinks for Friday? It may sound like science fiction, but thanks to some new research, coffee liquor may be coming to a bar near you.

How did they accomplish this masterful concoction you ask? Well, the process is actually quite simple, and remarkably similar to the way you distill any other liquor. First, scientists gathered used coffee grounds from an international coffee brewer. The grounds were then dried, added to water, and heated to 163°C. After that, the water was drained from the mixture, sugar and yeast were added, and the mix was left to ferment. Finally, the coffee concoction was concentrated through distillation and prepared for consumption.

The end result was an 80 proof spirit made from coffee, which tastes like coffee, but gives you a buzz. There is one catch that coffee fans may find upsetting though - there’s no caffeine. Unfortunately, as a result of the distillation process, the caffeine naturally contained in the coffee grounds is lost. However, that’s probably better for the scientists, as it’s still illegal to sell a finished product that contains both caffeine and alcohol within the United States.

Nevertheless, coffee drinkers should rejoice. After all, people who have tried the drink so far say it tastes like a strong cup of coffee. Plus, it's not like you can’t always add some coffee liquor to your cup of java if you really wanted that jolt of caffeine. Moreover, scientists say that, with a little tweaking, they’ll be able to alter the flavor and taste as desired, making an even more potent brew.

We should point out, however, that scientist's came up with this product, and not a liquor company, and there is no certainty as to when this product will come to market. You can be assured, however, based on it's brilliance, that if the scientists don’t manufacture it, some liquor, or perhaps coffee, company will. Either way, next time you go to throw out those used coffee grinds, think twice, you might be able to make some drinks instead.