Drinks and Food substitute — want a cup of coffee from the lab?
3 innovation and digital news in 1 minute. Every Monday. Episode 265
News 1. Coffee with no coffee beans
Coffee based on chemistry is on the rise with two start-ups: Coumpound foods and Atomo. Both work on a formula to develop and brew coffee with substitutes and molecular processes. The aim is to reach the taste of coffee, not our grannie’s classical substitute. Opinion: Compound foods has raised $9m and Atomo $11m to pursue research and launch products. Atomo coffee from Seattle (where Starbucks comes from!) has launched an ice-coffee in a can and praises to reach the coffee taste. Why this trend: planet warming, environmental issues.
Syntethic coffee, with or without milk?
News 2. Chocolate from the lab
California Cultured produces chocolate in a laboratory, based on plant stem cells that are cultivated in a lab. The cocoa produced is less bitter and requires less sugar. Like for coffee this process avoids the environmental harm caused by deforestation for coffee or cocoa tree plantations. Opinion: This experiment has also been carried out by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Like meat cultivated from stem cell, this chocolate follows the same process.
Syntethic chocolate, less bitter — let’s try. It’s called California Cultured
News 3. NON as the name says
NON is a producer of “wines” with zero alcohol — non-alcoholic. Claiming to invent and define the future of drinks with new techniques and above all new tastes: salted raspberry and chamomile, roast beetroot and sansho, toasted cinnamon and yuzu! Opinion: NON is a small enterprise based near Melbourne. With a great mission and design of logo, bottle and website.
Let’s give a chance to “lemon marmalade and hibiscus” wine!
Author is the research team (10 trend scouters) at specialist Space and Lemon Innovations (Hamburg, Berlin) — scouting innovations in main tech geographies, AI development, virtual worlds and e-commerce. Excerpts of research are gathered here in original weekly news since 2016, always with an opinion — no re-write of TechCrunch.
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