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Officials: There Won't Be Coffee in a National Crisis

Switzerland is having it removed from the national stockpile
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2019 5:24 PM CDT
In this file photo, a Nespresso employee checks coffee capsules in the coffee production and distribution center of portioned coffee Nestle Nespresso, Avenches, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron, File)

(Newser) – Pity the Swiss: If there's a national emergency, they won't be having coffee. Swiss officials decided last week that coffee will no longer be held in stockpiles in case of an epidemic, natural disaster, war, or other major crisis, USA Today reports. The government report concluded that while coffee might be kept for "psychological reasons," it was "no longer justified" because it lacks calories and contributes nothing to "food security." As things currently stand, Nestle and 14 other importers are required under Swiss law to store raw coffee—but that will change by 2022 if the new plan holds, Reuters reports. The World Atlas says the average coffee drinker in Switzerland downs about five cups daily, or double that of the average US coffee drinker. (This study has good news for coffee drinkers.)

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