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Study Claims People Need to Battle Climate Change by…Drinking Less Coffee

Study Claims People Need to Battle Climate Change by…Drinking Less Coffee

No one appears to take the research or the conclusions seriously.

The last time we drank in the subject of coffee, I noted that reserves had hit a 20-year low.

Now a team of Canadian researchers analyzed coffee’s “contribution to climate change,” concluding people should moderate their consumption of the popular drink as a part of the solution.

Researchers Luciano Rodrigues Viana, Charles Marty, Jean-François Boucher and Pierre-Luc Dessureault wrote in an analysis published in The Conversation that pollution from preparing coffee was “just the tip of the iceberg.”

“Limiting your contribution to climate change requires an adapted diet, and coffee is no exception. Choosing a mode of coffee preparation that emits less GHGs (greenhouse gases) and moderating your consumption are part of the solution,” the researchers at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi wrote.

The study also found that using coffee pods to brew coffee contributed less to the carbon footprint than brewing coffee with a traditional filter.

“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 researchers wrote.

The team looked at various aspects of coffee handling, from production to preparation.

Coffee production contributed more to contributed to total emission than coffee preparation, according to the analysis.

“This mechanization, irrigation and use of nitrous oxide-emitting fertilizers — the production of which requires large quantities of natural gas — greatly contribute to coffee’s carbon footprint,” the researchers said.

The researchers also added that the convenience of coffee pods might lead people to double their coffee consumption and in turn make the environmental advantage “redundant.”

It appears that in addition to getting rid of gas-powered cars and electric stoves, green justice activists want us to return to….instant coffee.

Coffee snobs might not be terribly impressed, but it seems a cup of instant is the most environmentally friendly way to enjoy the drink.

The finding could mean a revival for instant coffee after so many of us have turned to pods, cafetieres and filters in search of more flavour.

Researchers say it uses less energy to prepare, uses less coffee per cup and there’s no waste to get rid of.

Americans have had a long-term love affair with coffee since the Boston Tea Party. We rapidly turned away from the instant when other options became readily available after World War Two.

The practice of sipping coffee made a big splash in the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, when coffee overrode tea as the cozy refreshment of choice, Coffee or Die shares. Fast-forward nearly 200 years, America became the top buyer of coffee in the world in the 1920s, Public Goods explains.

Unfortunately, during World War II, imported coffee was heavily regulated by the government, essentially cutting civilian consumption in half, as coffee was reserved for soldiers overseas. Then, when the ’60s rolled around, Coffee or Die Magazine explains that coffee aficionados moved beyond relying on instant coffee and began investing in freshly brewed java thanks to innovative chains like Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks.

I get the sense no one takes the research or the conclusions seriously. [Note…it took me some time to locate family-friendly responses to this study].

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Well, it’s not really a study. It’s a thought piece with some back-of-the-envelope arithmetic written online. In French. By Canadian “researchers” from the University of Quebec, which could mean anything. But it’s still nonsense.

    henrybowman in reply to Bartlett. | January 23, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Something about your link fails.

    Temujin in reply to Bartlett. | January 24, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Will someone please find a third grade science student to explain to these m*r*ns that without GHGs 🙄, the earth would have no atmosphere. Seriously did all schools replace “science”, as a core subject, and replace it with abject “dumbassedness” ???

As a 31-year Navy veteran, my only response is that those researchers can stuff it.

    NavyMustang in reply to James Nault. | January 23, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    You got that right, shipmate! I think the USN would fall apart if they got rid of coffee!

    When I was shipboard, I drank ridiculous amounts of coffee. At least 25 cups. Only way I got past my chronic fatigue at working minimum 16 hour days, 7 days a week.

    When I signed up, the recruiter had to show me a couple of films. One of them was called “A Cup of Joe”. I still laugh at that. Think about coffee much, fellow Sailors?!

      mailman in reply to NavyMustang. | January 24, 2023 at 2:46 am

      I suspect if the Navy got rid of coffee they’d have to rely on less powerful drugs like cocaine to keep the men going! 🤔😜

    What “researchers”? They’re leftist shills.

amatuerwrangler | January 23, 2023 at 9:25 am

Its studies like this, presumably government funded, that make it so hard for the Babylon Bee to keep their satire ahead of real events.

My cold, dead appendages will keep the undertaker busy removing gun, coffee mug, left foot from the clutch pedal (of the diesel PU); he will probably charge extra.

Are you sure this isn’t from BB?

Go ahead, stand between me and my morning coffee.

Coffee is clearly racist.

All Seeing Eye | January 23, 2023 at 10:00 am

I literally have no F’s left to give about this so-called ‘climate change’ nonsense.

Is there no end to the madness of climate change?

    WTPuck in reply to tmm. | January 23, 2023 at 11:56 am

    No. But that doesn’t change the fact that I live for coffee, carbs, and red meat. Bring on the bacon! (Even if pork is marketed as “the other white meat.” Or was. I don’t keep up anymore.)

This could be the comedic material that SNL needs very badly. These researchers are pioneering a whole new genre!

smalltownoklahoman | January 23, 2023 at 10:34 am

Coffee pods are overpriced, when I’m brewing a single cup I just go the pour over method which allows me greater control over the amount of water and grounds used.

    I bought an AeroPress a few years back. Love it.

    ahad haamoratsim in reply to smalltownoklahoman. | January 24, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Pour over is always my first choice, but what Israelis call cafe shallot – black coffee— is a close second. Just put the desired amount of coffee (lots!) in a cup, add the boiling water, and stir. It takes some practice to develop the knack to drink it without the grounds reaching your lips.

      I think you mean “cafe shahor”. But that is Turkish coffee, which is a special fine grind and the coffee is boiled in a pot and then poured into a cup. What I think you’re actually referring to is not Turkish coffee but what Israelis call “mud” (botz). That is made in the cup by adding ground coffee to boiling water, letting the grounds sink to the bottom, and then drinking. The grounds are (ideally) left at the bottom, and resemble mud.

My small pot gives me almost three mugs of half-caff every morning (I want to wake, not shake). If these nannies choose to refrain from coffee, it’s their decision. I’ll make my own, thankyouverymuch, of both choices and daily java.

I saw a poster that fully describes this lunacy. I’ll type in in here. Apply tongue in cheek before reading. Closed captioned for the humor-impaired.

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who genuinely have a medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some sort of recreational activity.

The leftists keep talking about “carbon,” Carbon is a solid (as opposed to a liquid or a gas) which in its most common forms is black. Leftists want the huge number of shallow thinkers to fear that this solid is being dispersed in the atmosphere. We need to keep reminding folks that the leftists are talking about carbon dioxide, the clear, colorless gas that we all exhale and that makes food grow.

    artichoke in reply to Ira. | January 23, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    They are also talking about carbon-based life forms, especially us. Each one of the solutions interferes in enjoying and embracing the first commandment of the Bible: “be fruitful and multiply”.

    Evil Otto in reply to Ira. | January 24, 2023 at 5:25 am

    They don’t actually know anything about science, despite their claims to revere it. They don’t understand that molecules behave in different (often completely different) manners than the atoms that make them up.

I am not giving up my coffee for climate change or anything else. These weirdos can come and try and take it, if they dare

JackinSilverSpring | January 23, 2023 at 11:54 am

These watermelon “researchers” as well as many other watermelons would only be too glad to see humankind disappear to save Gaia. They can go take a long walk off a short pier.

    LibraryGryffon in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | January 23, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    I’d have an infinitesimally small amount more respect for those bozos if they’d an their own prescription for the planet and remove themselves from it.

I drink coffee because I care about my fellow man…..without it, I would be stacking bodies like cordwood.
Bear that in mind when you try to take mine away..

Less coffee is like leftover bacon – it doesn’t exist in this universe.

Coffee is probably the hill to die on. Society already surrendered on small tank toilets, lightbulb, low flow showerhead. Was the gas stove attack simply misdirection to distract us away from their real goal of going after coffee?

Why do climate change activists hate the poor coffee growers and harvesters in third-world countries, that they want to destroy their way of life and means of affording food, shelter, and health care?

These days I fight climate change by punching out greenies. It’s way more satisfying, and apparently way more productive.

Wadda load o’ Bravo Sierra!

Try to take a man’s morning coffee? Good way to die.

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed,
hands acquire shaking, shaking becomes a warning.
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

BierceAmbrose | January 23, 2023 at 2:42 pm

Poor greenies. They are not thinking it through.

They went after conspicuous consumption gas stoves, and now the chattering class’s daily token of membership.

Meanwhile, some of the certified BigThinkers are beginning to note that Making Batteries Makes a Mess. Now that The Actual Rocket Man is Bad, it’ll be no Teslas for you!

They’re kneecapping their coalition of the untouched by their own concern. Just wait til they come for sushi.

“People should drink less coffee to combat climate change, study says…”

I got a study for you and it says KISS MY A$$, greentard.

So where do the coffee pods come from? Coffee-pod trees? Does it require energy or leave “waste” to produce them? What about the paper and plastic waste in their packaging?

Anyway I compost the waste from my espresso-making process starting with whole beans, so I’m environmentally friendly. And if they disagree, they can stuff it.

    Milhouse in reply to artichoke. | January 24, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    Actually they’ve taken that into account. They say that after doing that calculation, the waste per pod is still less than the waste per cup of filter coffee. That’s why they caution that pods may be worse after all, because their ease of use may encourage people to drink more of them.

    Of course all this depends on actually caring about the waste. Like most people here, I don’t.

A while ago I came to the conclusion that the endgame for these climate activists is to destroy all joy and hope in the world. We MUST feel guilt even for life’s simple pleasures. A cup of coffee. A hot shower. A well-lit home. On and on they go, never stopping or resting for one moment, an obsessive drive to make people suffer.

William Downey | January 24, 2023 at 8:43 am

Touch my coffee, and it will result in a rather violent end. I will not be attending your funeral.

And for pity’s sake don’t use a gas stove to make your coffee.

The paper being used to try and ban gas stoves alleges that the authors reviewed (IIRC) 27 other studies to make their finding. Then they (however many authors there were) state they did not find a causal relation between gas stoves and childhood asthma.

Anybody notice that the “lead author” of the paper works for a non-profit named Rewiring America? The mission statement of Rewiring America is found on their home page: “Rewiring America is the leading electrification nonprofit, focused on electrifying everything in our communities.”

Seems like there is something of a problem with a Lead Author who works for an outfit which want to electrify everything. Can we spell conflict of interest?

A Punk Named Yunk | January 24, 2023 at 10:51 am

Ahhhh… Time to boil some water on my GAS stove, pour it through coffee grounds in a BAMBOO filter sitting in a PLASTIC cone. Cool it with some MILK (from COWS!) Sip that coffee while listening to Aretha Franklin singing “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”. Almost makes me feel like taking up cigar-smoking.

This morning I woke up to Joe Piscopo playing that song and mocking those who would have it banned.

Go to hell you killjoys!

Be aware that caffeine doesn’t have the same effect on everyone. In my case it doesn’t wake me up, or keep me awake. I can drink coffee right before bed and fall asleep in mid-cup. What it seems to do for me is what I understand (from reading, not personal experience) is what smoking does for most people. It calms me, and helps me focus.

I have no idea what effect nicotine would have on me, and I’m not stupid enough to take up smoking just to find out.

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | January 24, 2023 at 6:42 pm

Try to take my coffee; I dare ya.