Hundreds of Full Coffee Cans Wash up on Florida Beach

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Hundreds Of Café Bustelo Cans Wash Up On Florida Beach — Locals Rush Out To Collect The ‘Christmas Coffee’.

Thousands of cans and vacuum packed bricks of Cafe Bustelo brand coffee have washed up on the beaches of Indialantic, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, most likely from a barge container that had fallen overboard this past weekend. Chris Sybo stepped out of the Doubletree Hotel in Brevard County, Fla., for an early morning walk along the beach when he spotted a coffee lover’s dream: hundreds of sealed, yellow cans of coffee dotting the sand and seaweed for at least a mile. “I came out early this morning and saw it. Add in the millions of snowbirds who retire along with various Latin Americans and crazy Southerners, mix it four or five times a year with hurricanes, people will get a crazy concoction that is ready to explode at any minute.

Brevard County sheriff’s deputies and Indialantic police were called to the area near the hotel after the initial reports of the cans turning up in the surf were made around sunrise. Finally, a family was emotionally scarred when their dachshund Cody was devoured by an alligator right in front of them while they visited a wildlife refuge.

Coast Guard were also walking the beach, assessing the scene. “We’re checking to make sure it’s nothing else but coffee,” said Elvin Rodriguez, a marine science technician with the Coast Guard. “This is very unusual,” he said, adding that likely, the cargo ship owner could be responsible for the coffee spill. According to local NBC news station NBC WPTV West Palm Beach, hundreds of yellow-sealed coffee cans washed ashore, dotting Indialantic beaches on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Upon closer inspection of the coffee cans, they appeared to be the Cuban-style brand Café Bustelo, which is owned by Folgers and parent company Smuckers. Chris Sybo, a visitor from Pittsburgh who came down to attend his daughter’s graduation from the Florida Institute of Technology, called it “Christmas coffee.” “It [Indialantic Beach] was just filled with it. Coast Guard issued a safety warning to boaters along the coast off Brevard after at least 25 shipping containers fell off a vessel bound for Puerto Rico, including several that may have contained hazardous materials, including batteries.

Locals, on the other hand, are not waiting around for the authorities as droves of them came out with plastic bags to collect coffee cans, trying their best to clean up their beaches.

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