The first thing you need to know is that Switzerland has an emergency supply of coffee.
Which is genius, because it’s the only thing that makes mornings happen.
It can also extend your lifespan which, if that’s true, means I’m probably immortal now.
All of this sounds logical. Stockpiling coffee means that there’s always coffee and if there’s always coffee people have what they need to make it through the week.
Except they won’t because the Swiss have decided to destroy it.
Here’s Yahoo Finance:
The Federal Office for National Economic Supply has concluded coffee…is not essential for life, coffee has almost no calories and subsequently does not contribute, from the physiological perspective, to safeguarding nutrition.
Now whoever thought coffee was not needed for human survival in times of emergencies has obviously never lived a life of early mornings and hangovers.
Switzerland’s mandatory coffee reserves are now spread over 15 companies, including Nestle, and amount to about 15,300 tonnes, enough to cover three months of the Alpine state’s domestic coffee consumption.
Switzerland’s 8.5 million residents consume around nine kg (20 lb) of coffee per person annually, eclipsing Britain’s 3.3 kg average and double the 4.5 kg consumed in the United States, according to International Coffee Organization figures.
The stockpiling of coffee and other goods like sugar first started between World War I and World War II as Switzerland prepared for any potential shortages in case of war, natural disaster or epidemics.
But just like us, not everyone is happy with this new process.
12 of the 15 companies currently stockpiling coffee don’t agree with this new law, with some arguing that there was no mention of the health benefits of coffee which include antioxidants or vitamins.
A final decision on scrapping coffee stockpiles is expected in November and we hope that the decision to keep this much-needed pile of caffeine is firmly grounded.
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