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Coffee drinkers indulge in caffeine primarily to get the adrenaline shot they need to last through an energy-demanding day. Others drink coffee in keeping with the fad of sipping the brew from paper tumblers and hanging out in a boutique cafe.

Meanwhile, some wise guys have added a reason to start the day with a caffeine shot, after showing through TikTok videos, challenging the overweight to drink coffee mixed with lemon juice every day for one month. The videos went viral as the dare gave waistline-conscious men and women hope to lose unwanted kilos in a simple way.

Some who tried the technique claimed that it worked. To others, however, it did not. Dieticians debunked the pseudo-science behind the lemon-coffee dieting, saying the citric fruit does not burn calories that drive weight loss.

If anything, the lemon-coffee challenge may just increase one’s frustration from not losing weight or the caffeine level in the body, leading to “headaches, irritability, nervousness, increased heart rate and insomnia,” registered dietician Michelle Rauch of New Jersey said, according to Fox News.

Indirectly, more people consuming coffee increase demand for the beans, the cultivation of which is already impacting the environment through the clearing of forests to make land available for coffee farming.

To mitigate the environmental impact of additional coffee demand arising from lemon-coffee believers, perhaps they can try alternatives like coffee-flavored brandy. After all, a local brand of such liquor touts in a press release its versatility — it blends well with ice, milk, chocolate and even condensed milk.

An even better alternative to coffee is a copycat of the Arabica and Robusta varieties of coffee beans developed by a team of researchers at the technical research institute VTT in Finland.

The VTT granules, however, are not ground coffee beans. Instead, they are the product of coffee plant cells grown in a bioreactor under controlled temperature, light and oxygen conditions. The process is the same method for growing artificial meat.

Team leader Heiko Rischer told AFP he estimates it will be a minimum of four years before their lab-grown coffee becomes commercially available. Nevertheless, coffee lovers will be looking forward to sipping cups of cell in a bio cafeteria.