Coffee not Essential for life, Swiss Government Concludes


Switzerland has been storing emergency reserves of coffee along with other vitale staple foods since World War I to prepare for potential shortages. It has continued this practice in subsequent decades to effectively meet any shortages sparked by war, natural disasters or epidemics. It currently has upto 15,300 tonnes of coffee saved up – this is enough to last for three months.

But the Swiss government thinks otherwise now. It believes coffee is not essential for life and this was conveyed through a message on one of the government website

The Federal Office for National Economic Supply has concluded coffee…is not essential for life,” the government said. “Coffee has almost no calories and subsequently does not contribute, from the physiological perspective, to safeguarding nutrition.

The Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply

The Swiss are big fans of coffee, they consume about 9 kg of coffee per person per year, according to the International Coffee Organisation. The plan has been put for public discussion and a final decision to scrap coffee stockpiles is expected in November.

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