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Switzerland keeps an emergency coffee stockpile, do you?

Switzerland keeps an emergency coffee stockpile, do you?

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Switzerland keeps an emergency coffee stockpile, do you?



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The Swiss government had considered abandoning a requirement to keep some 15,000 tons of raw coffee, saying in April that it’s not essential due to its low caloric value. The coffee industry and consumers disagreed. A lobby group that includes coffee traders, roasters and cafes painted scenarios like a war in the Middle East or a coffee plant epidemic that could halt trading.

A poll on Twitter by supermarket chain Migros, which owns coffee subsidiary Delica, showed two-thirds of the respondents said they could hardly imagine a life without it.

Switzerland’s biggest coffee companies, including Nespresso producer Nestle SA and Delica, are required to stock bags of beans. It’s part of the measures introduced after World War I when the government sought to ensure the population would have access to vital goods like sugar, rice, wheat and cooking oil even during times of crises.

The outrage has seemingly led Economy Minister Guy Parmelin to determine that the attempt to remove coffee from that list is not worth the hassle.

While coffee is not necessary for sustaining life, it certainly is a beverage that most would not like to do without. So how does one prepare for a coffee emergency on a household size scale? Believe it or not, there are now options for long term storage of coffee on a smaller scale than for an entire country. For example, Franklin’s Finest Survival Coffee is rated for a 25-year shelf life and is 100% pure Columbian. You could also just buy freeze-dried coffee however, most has not been packaged to keep for even two years let alone for over twenty.

Are their other “luxury” items that you have stocked up on, or are thinking might be “nice to have” things?

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