Early in the morning, a cup of coffee is essential to wake us up from last night’s dreams and bring us back to reality. It also helps us to function better and gives us the boost of energy that we all require.

However, we are disheartened to open it up to you that your favourite coffee is endangering the planet.

Here’s How

With each passing year, the consumption of coffee is increasing day by day. It is believed that on average around 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Also, everyone has diverse ways of preparing and consuming coffee. With rising coffee demand, the production of coffee is expected to triple by 2050.

Coffee capsules are widely used; however, people are divided over their use as these coffee capsules are packaged for single use which turns out to be harmful to the planet. It puts pressure on the forests and disturbs the habitats in tropical regions.

Making Of Coffee

Warming water, adding sugar and coffee to it, and then pouring milk into it; and voila, coffee is ready. No, it isn’t that easy.

Before coffee comes to us, it goes through various steps. It begins with producing coffee beans and transporting them from farms to factories where they are roasted and ground. Finally, it comes to us and we prepare it at our convenience.

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These steps are common to the production of coffee; and they consume a lot of resources and emit greenhouse gases, which are extremely harmful to our environment.  

Also, there are four main ways of preparing coffee: traditional filter coffee, encapsulated filter coffee, brewed coffee, and soluble coffee i.e., instant coffee. Of these four ways, the highest carbon footprint is produced while preparing traditional filter coffee because it requires more coffee powder and consumes more electricity.

On the other hand, soluble coffee i.e., instant coffee is the most environmentally friendly as less coffee is required and it uses less electricity or LPG than the coffee machine.

How To Save The Planet?

As consumers, the least we can do is consume less coffee and avoid wasting it. Also, we must use instant coffee as it is the most environment-friendly coffee preparation.  

Also, the carbon footprint produced during the preparation of coffee is just 1% of the carbon footprint produced by the producers and suppliers of the coffee. On their level, they must also take steps to ensure that less carbon footprint is produced.

Don’t let your cup of coffee contribute to climate change and be a responsible citizen.  

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Feature image designed by Saudamini Seth

Sources: The Conversation, Down To Earth, The New York Times 

Find the blogger: Palak Dogra 

This post is tagged under: Climate change, Electricity, Carbon footprint, Coffee, Instant coffee, Fertilization, coffee plantations, transportation, Fertiliser, World

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