Coffee Drinkers, Perk Up

By Jessica Sobolik | February 10, 2009
Is it just me, or is this editor's note getting smaller?

Actually, I wanted to make room for this letter to the editor we received in response to our January cover story, "Re-New-able York City." It reminds us as journalists that there are at least two sides to every story. It also reminds me that not everyone is going to see eye-to-eye.

One place where people apparently do see eye-to-eye is the local coffee shop. Did you know that worldwide, people consumed 15 billion pounds of coffee last year? Our feature, "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Biodiesel," written by Susanne Retka Schill, details some unique research being done at the University of Nevada-Reno, where coffee oil is being explored as a biodiesel feedstock. The researchers estimate that waste grounds from all the U.S.-based Starbucks alone could produce 2.9 million gallons of biodiesel annually. The number increases to 208 MMgy when the entire world's coffee production is calculated. Relatively speaking, this isn't a large amount, but a project like this would definitely have a dependable feedstock supply.

Research seems to be the unintended theme of the Industry News section this month, as well. Check it out for results on oxidative stability and railcar lining tests in the U.S. and Europe. Spoiler alert: All results came back positive for the biodiesel industry.

Jessica Sobolik
Managing Editor
[email protected]
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