The Olympians are expected to win gold medals without coffee

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When you root for Simone Biles on Sunday night at the Olympics, remember this: There is reportedly no coffee in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janerio.


It’s especially cruel when you remember that Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world.

So the reason? In a true example of why we can't have nice things, it’s all due to corporate sponsorship. Coca-Cola is one of the corporate sponsors of the Olympics, and Coca-Cola is not providing any coffee in the Olympic Village.


Egyptian archer Ahmed El-Nemr told NPR that he has “some complains about coffee.” He said he asked, and was told they are limited to Coca-Cola products in the village apartment buildings or at the sports venues.

It’s unclear why Coca-Cola didn’t offer their own coffee line, Gold Peak coffee, in the Olympic Village.

Before you despair too much for the athletes, a search on Google Maps shows there are Starbucks in Rio. And, of course, there are no shortage of local coffee shops for the real thing.

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