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Single-use coffee pods have surprising environmental benefits over other brewing methods

Allyson Chiu of The Washington Post reports on a new study from the University of Quebec on single-use coffee pods.

The C3 Take
  • A study from the University of Quebec found that old-school drip coffee can have a carbon footprint that is 1 1/2 times higher than that of single-use pods.
  • Single-use coffee pods are more efficient, produce less waste, and require less water and coffee grounds to make a cup of joe.
  • And while the plastic packaging of coffee pods is something to be considered, the study found that it has a very small carbon footprint.

“Packaging accounts for a much smaller share, the data shows. Here’s the math for pods: Manufacturing them and sending the used ones to a landfill generates about 33 grams of CO2 equivalent. Producing 11 grams of Arabica coffee in Brazil — the amount that can be saved by using a pod rather than brewing filtered coffee — emits close to double that amount: about 59 grams of CO2 equivalent.”

Read the full article here.

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