Coffee: here's the carbon cost of your daily cup – and how to make it climate-friendly

The process that brought you your morning latte could have produced half a kilogram of CO₂.

Carmen Nab, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, UCL • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

The daily grind: how to cut carbon emissions from coffee by 77%

The process that brought you your morning latte could have produced half a kilogram of CO₂.

Carmen Nab, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, UCL • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~5 min

Coffee linked to improved survival in metastatic colorectal cancer

Data from a large observational study suggests coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of metastatic colorectal cancer progression and death.

Rob Levy • harvard
Sept. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Author Michael Pollan discusses how caffeine changed the world

The seductive powers, dark history, health benefits, and harmful side effects of the world’s most-used drug, are included in Michael Pollan’s new audible book, “Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World.”

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Aug. 20, 2020 ~8 min

New class of enzymes could lead to bespoke diets, therapeutics

Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Can snails save coffee from fungus? It’s a risky idea

Coffee rust is a huge problem, but an invasive snail seems to eat its spores off leaves. Scientists say it's a potential strategy, but isn't without risks.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

To make better espresso, use less coffee

A new approach could help you make tastier espresso. The key? Using less coffee and the right grind, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~4 min

Turing pattern explains coffee farm ants, leopard spots

"The same equations that Turing used for chemistry, we can use in ecology." Here's how they apply to the complex ecosystems on coffee farms.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~7 min

Coffee grounds offer greener way to dye fabric brown

A new, all-natural way to dye clothes brown uses leftover coffee grounds and avoids the chemicals and synthetic dyes the textile industry uses now.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 23, 2019 ~3 min

Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, local firms partner on compost program

Harvard's Arnold Arboretum partners with local businesses on environmentally responsible composting program.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
July 18, 2019 ~8 min

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