'Coffee not essential for human survival', Swiss government says

Many cyclists (and journalists, for that matter) might disagree...

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The Swiss government plans to stop its practice of storing emergency reserves of coffee, claiming coffee beans are 'not essential to human life'.

The country has been keeping an Armageddon ready supply since the period of time between the two World Wars, and reportedly has 16,865 tons tons of coffee at the ready - enough to supply domestic drinking for three months.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.