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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.

via The Environmental Case Against Cheap Coffee – Forbes.

Strange Random Coffee Quote:

“No matter what historians claimed, BC really stood for “Before Coffee.” ― Cherise Sinclair, Master of the Mountain


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