The Swiss government has been in a perpetual state of extreme preparedness for nearly a century. In the aftermath of World War I, it established mandatory stockpiles of sugar, rice, cooking oil, and animal feed to supply the country in case of war or disaster. This week it announced a proposal to take coffee off that list.
“The Federal Office for National Economic Supply has concluded coffee…is not essential for life,” the government said. “Coffee has almost no calories and subsequently does not contribute, from the physiological perspective, to safeguarding nutrition,” Reuters reported.