‘Research’ Claims Coffee Contributes to Climate Change

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Those big SUVs, often driven by the wealthy and elite, are “known” to cause climate change.

So is the flatulence from cattle before they become steaks at high-priced restaurants.

Now your morning cup of coffee is under fire, for contributing.

A report from the Conversation, posted by researchers from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, reviewed multiple methods of fixing coffee and looked at the “life cycle” of coffee.

They found, “At the consumer level, beyond reducing coffee consumption, avoiding wasting coffee and water is the most effective way to reduce the carbon footprint of traditional, brewed, and soluble coffees.”

“Coffee capsules avoid the overuse of coffee and water. However, the convenience of capsule machines can lead consumers to double their coffee consumption, thus making this environmental advantage redundant. Consumers should also be aware of the capsule recycling options in the city where they live to avoid it getting sent to a landfill instead of a recycling facility. Better yet, they should switch to reusable capsules,” the report said.

And, further, “If you live in a province or country with carbon-intensive electricity production, not using the coffee maker’s hot plate and rinsing the cup with cold water can help reduce carbon footprint. ”

Just part of the process, washing the cup, was reviewed.

“The electricity used to wash a cup of coffee in Alberta, a high-carbon electricity production province, emits more carbon (29 grams CO2e) than producing a coffee capsule and sending it to landfill (27 grams CO2e). In Québec, thanks to hydroelectricity, washing your cup in a dishwasher has a negligible impact (0.7 grams of CO2e per cup).”

The report said coffee consumption globally has been rising for almost 30 years, and daily consumption now is 2.7 cups per person per day.

The biggest part of the climate impact, however, is from the journey from agricultural products through transportation to roasting and grinding, the report said.

“Our analysis clearly showed that traditional filter coffee has the highest carbon footprint, mainly because a greater quantity of coffee powder is used to produce the amount of coffee. This process also consumes more electricity to heat the water and keep it warm,” the report said.

commentary at the Gateway Pundit posted a reaction that said, “I’ll give up my extra coffee when the elites give up their private jets and coastal mansions – which were supposed to be submerged in rising tides ten years ago.”

The other methods of preparing coffee that was reviewed included encapsulated filter coffee, brewed coffee, and soluble (instant) coffee.

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