One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain’s $5 billion-a-year plastic pods is how often the company’s opponents use galactic comparisons.

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry’s leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst’s estimate, often cited by Keurig’s critics. A YouTube parody depicts aliens that look like Keurig’s plastic pods invading Earth.
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Coffee prices rose as INTL FCStone entered the debate over the Brazilian coffee harvest, the world’s biggest, by foreseeing a drop in production this year.  The US-based group pegged Brazil’s overall coffee output this year at 44m-45.5m bags. The figure is a little more generous than that implied by an outline forecast in October, when FCStone’s CoffeeNetwork coffee analysis arm foresaw a drop of some 15% in production this year, equivalent to roughly 7m bags.
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The percentage of Americans who drink a cup of coffee every day declined for the third straight year, the National Coffee Association (NCA) said on Friday, reflecting slacker consumption from older drinkers. The annual National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed that 59 percent of Americans drink a daily cup of coffee, down from 61 percent in 2014 and 63 percent in 2013. It was the lowest level since the NCA changed its methodology in 2012 to be more inclusive of ethnic minorities.
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coffee (1)The morning coffee that so many depend on to get through the day is at risk due to climate change, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency warned Wednesday. The coffee plant is just one of the numerous staples that a change in climate could threaten if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, Gina McCarthy said. “Now, coffee’s a temperature-sensitive crop,” McCarthy said Wednesday at a speech hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. “Climate change puts the world’s coffee-growing regions at risk.”
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