There’s something to be said, too, for lower-level investment in the rickety wires meant to distribute the clean-energy future. “People aren’t that interested in their grid, except when it doesn’t work,” says Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner of DBL Partners and an early Tesla investor. Maybe the need for a new and improved grid isn’t exciting or shocking. But contrast that with how shocked people are to hear something Pfund routinely shares with audiences: “Your morning cup of coffee is a cup of carbon.”
Ten-year-old Bellwether Coffee, in Berkeley, California, developed and sells an electric coffee roaster that eliminates the use of gas and vents nothing in the process. The company has raised $30 million and includes among its investors SolarCity co-founders (and brothers) Lyndon and Peter Rive.
“People that aren’t into climate, they feel guilty,” Pfund says. Reconsidering coffee as climate tech is “a gateway drug to understanding why carbon is embedded in everything you do and how to change that.”
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