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Inside The Seattle Company Plotting Lab-Made ‘Coffee’ Without Beans


Plant-based meat may be the biggest thing in sustainable food trends, but one Seattle-based company hopes to make coffee part of the conversation by eliminating one key ingredient: the beans.

Local startup Atomo has developed a lab-based concoction it refers to as “molecular coffee,” in place of traditional grounds. By doing this, Atomo aims to alleviate some of the negative environmental impacts of growing beans.

According to the Rainforest Alliance, the increasing demand for coffee will likely be a large driver of deforestation over the coming decade, with climate change forcing many farms to shift to high-altitude, heavily forested regions.

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