Nespresso Pods Coffee Scrub




Introduction: Nespresso Pods Coffee Scrub

About: Plastic obsessed DIY dabbler

I’ve always liked Nespresso machines. They seemed fuss free and modern, especially with their futuristic designs. Pop a capsule in, press one button, enjoy your morning coffee. So, I bought one and five minutes after I made my first coffee I couldn’t shake this nagging voice in the back of my head “how do you recycle the pods?” and "what to do with used coffee grounds?"

You will need:

-Any 3D Printer
-Blunt Kitchen Knife

-Coconut oil
-Shower Gel
-Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon (optional)

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Step 1: Used Coffee Capsules

The sheer amount of coffee capsules I produce in one week can be overwhelming. I used to spend 1-2 h every Sunday cutting away the aluminium film and getting rid of coffee grounds. And then I realized that I'm not only wasting my time, but also wasting the coffee. Not to mention how many times I ended up cutting my fingers in the process.

Step 2: Capsule Recycler

I was looking for a tool or a machine, anything I could buy or make myself to save time...that's when I stumbled across this genius idea for recycling Nespresso capsules and I seriously can't recommend it enough. All you need is a 3D printer and a retractable craft knife. You will also need a blunt knife just in case your coffee is wet and stuck inside the pod.

Step 3: Here's How You Do It

This couldn't be simpler: pop the capsule in the slot, twist it and remove the aluminium film. Use your blunt knife to extract the grounds and voilà.

Step 4: Save the Coffee

Save your coffee and put it aside, we will use it in a minute.

Dump the empty pods in a bowl filled with water, give them a rinse and that's all, they can be recycled now.

Step 5: Coffee Scrub

This "recipe" could not be easier. All you need is coffee,coconut oil and shower gel, if you like the scrub to lather.

Mix 1 cup of coffee grounds and 1/3 cup of coconut oil (add less oil if your coffee is wet). Add 1-2TBS of shower gel if you like your scrub to lather. You can also add 1TBS cinnamon or cocoa powder to compliment the smell of coffee.

Step 6: Get Scrubbing

-great for exfoliating


-gentle on the skin

-made using recycled coffee grounds


-budget friendly

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    3 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Interesting reuse of the coffee! I'd even suggest buying some refillable pods, so you will have no more waste! And you can buy any coffee you want and make your own pods with it ;)

    Check this:

    And it also exists for others brands, I have one for my Senseo machine.

    Enjoy your coffee ;)


    Reply 1 year ago

    Unfortunately this solution doesn't work with Nespresso machines which literally explode the capsule. And, if not, this destroys a kind of seal particularly fragile in the machine if it is used with capsules from other brands. I always wonder why they are not being prosecuted. Anyway, Nestlé ensures the recycling of their capsules.


    1 year ago

    Great idea to get one more use out of coffee grounds. Nice!