That’s a lot of beans. Or, lack of beans.
Seattle-based Atomo Coffee has raised $9 million in new funding to power its idea around molecular coffee that can be reverse engineered without the bean. The round announced Tuesday was co-led by Horizons Ventures and S2G Ventures and follows $2.6 million raised by the startup a year ago.
The money will be used to bring “the future of coffee” right to the doorstep of Starbucks, with a new Atomo production roastery just blocks away from the coffee giant’s headquarters south of downtown Seattle.
Driven by a desire to remove the bitter taste from coffee and answer to climate change and deforestation that is a threat to the global coffee industry, Atomo relies on science and technology to create coffee in a more sustainable way.