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How Coffee Produces Carbon

Throughout the entire supply chain, one pound of coffee is estimated to produce 11 pounds of carbon.


1 pound of cofee equals 11 pounds of carbon

Carbon emissions

within the coffee supply chain




When you take a closer look at the carbon emissions, three hot spots stand out.


  • Nitrogen fertilizers are responsible for 95% of emissions at the farm level.
  • Untreated wastewater from the wet milling coffee process accounts for 80% of emissions at the coffee mill level.
  • Electricity used for coffee brewing contributes to 71% of emissions at the consumption level.


Each year,

a mature tree captures enough carbon







to make

two pounds

of coffee carbon-negative.



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