July 20, 2012

Oregon is Caffeinating the Pacific Ocean from Coffee Grounds


Oh Oregon with your amazing amount of caffeinated aging hipsters, and you're penchant for all things coffee we knew you'd spread coffee's pleasures to tourists but to life in the sea as well? A new study from Portland State University researchers has shown that the Northwest's fame as a destination for coffee (and caffeinated techies) does indeed have some environmental costs. Waters off the coast of Oregon were found to have elevated levels of caffeine. Where does the caffeine come from? Humans.

Here are a few sources of the caffeine that has mingled into the sea:

  • Outflow of waste treatment plants
  • Rainstorms that overpower the sewer system
  • Septic tanks in the state parks might be to blame as well

The caffeine amount found in the ocean is elevated, but we imagine the sharks being a little faster, and the fish being chased a little friskier.

Via bonappetit.com

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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 20, 2012 7:43 AM
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