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If researchers at the University of Nevada prove successful, America's growing caffeine addiction may have at least one major plus side. Apparently, used coffee grounds are between 10- and 15 percent oil, and that's a potential source of energy. Even better, the oil is apparently easy to extract, so experts suggest that the resulting biodiesel could be priced as low as $1 dollar a gallon, which is quite a bit better than what petroleum-based diesel fuel is selling for, even after recent price drops.
Sure, there may not be enough spent coffee beans around the world to completely displace our dependence on petroleum, but every little bit helps. Perhaps the best bit of news is that the fuel retains its coffee smell, and that's reason enough for us to get behind the idea. Thanks for the tip, Luke!

[Source: Consumer Energy Report]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      starbucks is a communist plot to take over the world
        • 6 Years Ago
        Starbucks is a Seattle plot to usurp Reynolds Tobacco!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This post doesn't even mention Starbucks...It just shows their logo to link us to coffee. And the research was done in Nevada. So let's play nice with our fortune 500 company then. Ok?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uhh, maybe you should read more carefully and note that the fuel is made from USED/spent coffee beans.

      And the pushers of corn-based ethanol wasn't so much the "greenies" but corporate America - giant agribusinesses like ADM (which saw another revenue source for corn-based products) and US Sugar (which fought to keep out the import of sugar which would have been necessary if sugar-based ethanol, which is cheaper to produce and richer in energy, had been supported).

      I really wish people learned more about these issues before they go off on their ignorant rants.
        • 6 Years Ago
        JSJS... II am often amazed at how discussion regarding "issues" are so polarizing, such that one side is always "evil" and the other "salavation", such that one would call another "ignorant" just because said person may hold a sliver of the facts.

        "The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge".

        Next time, try to keep the personal attacks where they belong... in the mirror.

        Cheers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The price of coffee is about to skyrocket!!! Food for fuel is a bad idea. Look at what happened to the cost of Corn products/Beef/Chicken and any other food tied to/associated with corn due to the push for ethanol production. Poor folks couldn't afford their tortillas anymore. Now how "friendly" is that? For every action there is a re-action. Pushers of the Green agenda seem to be oblivious to this age old fact. Find any energy source that is more efficient and cost-effective than oil and you will become a zillionaire overnight. No such "source" has been found yet although I think it is great folks are trying. Just leave food (is coffee a food?) out of the equation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Algae, Corn, Soy, now Coffee.

      Engineers can apparently burn anything and get energy out of it. So...why has no one tackled landfill as a fuel yet?

      [I want my garbage powered deLorean!]
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I know of a local landfill that burns enough natural gas from the decomposing trash to power several Civic CNGs per day! They just burn it into the atmosphere!
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        they have, a lot of plants (company plants that is) use the methane from landfills to power their factories.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course, if this does come to pass and 'merica CAN make diesel from 'bucks waste and sell it for $1 a gallon, Congressman Fwank and hiws bestus buddies wiw tax the wiving heck owt of it so the consumow wiw pay five bucks a gawwon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sounds like my ex giwfwind.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't like the guy either but you should get off his nuts.

        He's not even mentioned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Starbucks is the devil.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Finally...

        Bawney Fwank?
        • 6 Years Ago
        McDonalds?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok then whats microsoft?
        • 6 Years Ago
        George W Bush?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why have UAW workers orphaned their children?
        • 6 Years Ago
        El Diablo
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally a reason to drink Starbucks. Not a good reason, but a reason nonetheless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought this was about the series of "Fill 'er up with Diesel" movies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool if they even put out a few thousand gallons a year its still one step toward energy independence and recycling as long as they exceed there start up cost. I hope it works, Im rooting for them (even if I drink wawa).
      • 6 Years Ago

      But what about the taxes. Do you think the government won't tax this so the price could be higher?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If starbucks makes fuel like they make their coffee my cylinders will be missin 50% of the time using their watered down junk.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Chris...

        It would still be cheaper per gallon than thier coffee!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking if they made fuel like they made their coffee we'd be paying 3x the going rate ($2/gal here) so yay $6/gallon biodiesel?
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