What is the relationship between coffee and “climate change”?
What is the relationship between coffee and climate change?
Canadian researchers published an article in early January on “the contribution of coffee to climate change”, suggesting that people adjust their consumption of the popular drink as part of the solution.
In an analysis published in The Conversation, researchers Luciano Rodriguez-Viana, Charles Marty, Jean-Francois Boucher and Pierre-Luc Desoriault wrote that the contamination caused by coffee preparation is “just the tip of the iceberg,” according to Russia Today.
They added: “Reducing your contribution to climate change requires an appropriate diet, and coffee is no exception.”
Choosing a method of brewing coffee that emits fewer greenhouse gases (greenhouse gases) and adjusting your consumption is part of the solution, write researchers at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi.
The study also found that using coffee pods to brew coffee contributes less to the carbon footprint than brewing coffee using a traditional filter.
“Our analysis clearly showed that traditional filtered coffee has the highest carbon footprint, mainly because more 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 team said.
The researchers compared brewing using coffee pods, brewing coffee the traditional way in a coffee maker, brewing coffee using a French press, and using instant coffee.
They found that instant coffee was the most environmentally friendly. According to the analysis, coffee production contributed more to total emissions than coffee preparation.
“This mechanization, irrigation and use of nitrous oxide-emitting fertilizers, which require large amounts of natural gas to produce, contribute significantly to the carbon footprint of coffee,” the researchers said.
The researchers also added that the coffee capsules may lead people to double their coffee consumption, thus making the environmental benefit “redundant”.
Studies released last year found that drinking one or two cups of coffee a day may benefit heart health.
The American College of Cardiology also found in a study released in March 2022 that coffee is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and dangerous heart rhythms.