CO2 Footprint Coffee – Calculator and the big differences for coffee

CO2 Footprint Coffee – Calculator and the big differences for coffee

Resolutions for the new year? Still nothing planned?

Then I have an idea for you: Reduce your CO2 footprint 👣

What is that at all?
  • It is the amount of CO2 emissions that a person causes in a given time.
  • With a large footprint, above average emissions are caused;
  • A small footprint, on the other hand, implies a climate-friendly life > sustainability.
  • With 11 tons per person and year a German produces 7x as much CO2 as an Indian.
  • If you want to calculate your personal year CO2 footprint, you can do that with the calculator from WWF!
  • My footprint is for 2016, “thanks” to my Berlin apartment built in the 60s, unfortunately also only on average 🙁

CO2 Footprint Coffee: What does this have to do with coffee?

Well, so a cup of coffee also produces an imprint. Regional coffee does not exist in Germany. Nevertheless, you can make a difference – with every single cup!

  • Tchibo has calculated on the basis of a rare coffee from Tanzania.
  • The entire process – from the cultivation to the disposal of the coffee set at the end user – was considered.
  • 7 g of coffee and 125 ml of water were used.
  • The total amount of CO2 produced is between 59 and 100 g per cup.
  • Raw material extraction: cultivation including transport and use of agricultural chemicals, which were used in the example.
  • Production: transport of raw coffee to Germany, roasting and packaging.
  • Product use / coffee preparation: varies by method – average/ hand filter / electric coffee maker, produces e.g. 6 times as much CO2 as a French press.
So you can reduce over 50% of your CO2 footprint coffee per cup, e.g. with organic direct trade coffee, which you prepare with a hand filter.


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