The Environmental Case Against Cheap Coffee – Forbes
I drink prodigious amounts of black coffee daily and have done so for more than two decades. Indeed, I cannot remember the last day I went without a solid dose of the strong stuff. On more than one occasion, I have resorted to drinking tepid tap water laced with half-crushed coffee beans – or, “cowboy coffee” – rather than endure the slings-and-arrows of reality unmediated by caffeine.
Needless to say, I was saddened to learn that coffee makers are among the most profligate energy hogs in the contemporary workplace.
In a recent analysis prepared for the California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research PIER Program, Ecos Consulting found that the typical coffee makers in a California office building consumes nearly twice as much energy as a normally used desktop computer annually.
California’s office plug loads consume more than 3,000 gigawatt‐hours annually, costing business owners more than $400 million each year and producing a whopping 700,000 metric tons in annually carbon dioxide emission, which is roughly equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions produced by 140,000 cars during one year.
Strange Random Coffee Quote:
“No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for “Before Coffee.” ― Cherise Sinclair, Master of the Mountain