Unusual Coffee Products You Can’t Eat or Drink

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. In the US, coffee is the most commonly consumed beverage — more than tap water. Unsurprisingly, the burgeoning coffee market in the country also means a boost to the US economy. The total economic impact of the coffee industry in the states in 2022 amounted to $343.2 billion, a 52.4% increase from 2015. At the same time, the coffee industry has contributed more than 2.2 million US jobs, generating more than $100 billion in wages.

However, while it is a popular and beloved drink, not everyone can handle eating or drinking coffee products. In a previous post, we highlighted some surprising facts about the human body, including how the human heart changes based on various factors, from the health of your cardiovascular system to your mood. In that sense, some people sensitive to caffeine may feel heart palpitations due to the slight increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

Fortunately, we can still enjoy coffee in many ways — even without eating or drinking it. In this post, we’ll be sharing some unusual coffee products you can’t eat or drink:


One of the best ways to “consume” coffee without actually eating or drinking it is by smelling its scent. An unusual product to do this with is coffee soaps. Today, startups and companies use coffee to make vegan natural cosmetic products — for example, Hamburg-based Coffeecycle recycles coffee grounds to reuse them for soaps. The startup partnered with cruise companies to help reduce food waste and their environmental footprint. Like regular soaps, coffee soaps can help rid the skin of dry cells while improving blood circulation.


As highlighted above, producing non-edible coffee products has become an eco-friendly approach for companies across various sectors to reduce their carbon footprint. Aside from soaps, coffee has also been made into bio-fuel, bio-degradable plastic, shoes, and clothing. Recently, Australian engineers have found a way to convert used coffee grounds to a substance that can be added to concrete. The research found that this method makes traditional concrete roughly 30% stronger while reducing the amount of natural sand used in construction. As of now, researchers are already collaborating with local councils on future infrastructure projects.

Nicotine pouches

Aside from bio-friendly materials and products, coffee is also a common flavor among oral nicotine products. Nicotine pouches, which have become popular among smokers and ex-smokers, are a discreet and smoke-free alternative to traditional cigarettes. Brands like ZYN, LUCY, and VELO have caffeine pouches that are also decaf, making them a great go-to for smokers who enjoy smoking with their morning coffee. Coffee lovers who are also smokers have a variety of coffee flavors to choose from as well. ZYN’s coffee pouches, for example, taste like brewed coffee without tobacco, and LUCY’s offerings taste like very sweet java.


Finally, aside from coffee-flavored nicotine pouches, coffee e-cigarettes have also become popular among those seeking alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. So much so that coffee companies are suing over trademark violations. This is because some e-cigarettes are designed to be shaped like an iced coffee cup, along with coffee flavors like white mocha and iced cappuccino. Still, coffee vapes are an excellent option for those who don’t like the typical menthol or coarse tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes.

So, from coffee-scented products like soaps to bio-friendly coffee grounds concrete for construction, coffee products have evolved beyond the coffee shop. Aside from being turned into eco-friendly products, coffee flavors are also common among alternative tobacco and nicotine products, helping smokers and ex-smokers quit the habit.

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