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Coffee Pods and the environment

Every morning, tens of millions of coffee drinkers around the world pop a little capsule filled with pre-ground java inside a cleverly compatible machine. A steaming cup of coffee appears in a matter of seconds. But should it have a slightly bitter aftertaste of guilt? Coffee is the second most traded global commodity after crude oil, and growth in coffee sales shows no signs of letting up. In 2014, pods accounted for 34% of all coffee sales – or a growth of 133,710% since 2000. It’s so popular that at last count in 2014, Nespresso had sold 28 billion pods, while North America’s popular Keurig Green Mountain produced 9.8 billion of them in 2014 alone. That’s a lot of pods – enough to make a...

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