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Life Cycle Assessment


Life cycle assessment (LCA) looks at products or processes from start to finish.

Look at all the stages in the production of a cup of coffee. Think about what resources are used and what wastes are produced. Also think of the people who depend on coffee production and sale for their living.


Life cycle of a cup of coffee

Coffee life cycle


Coffee growing supports 25 million small farmers in the developing world. 125 million people world wide are supported by the coffee trade. Fair trade and eco-friendly coffee accounts for just 2% of world coffee consumption.