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The world’s most sustainable coffee
The Big Idea
Coffee’s impact is larger than just a caffeine buzz. Each of the 450 million cups drunk daily in the US spews 15x its weight in CO2e and consumes 140x its volume in water. And now the climate is fighting back. By 2050, rising temperatures and increasing droughts will decrease suitable coffee-producing land by 50% and put 60% of all coffee species at risk.
How it Works
Compound is recreating coffee but without the coffee beans. They have identified the compounds that give coffee its characteristic aromas, flavors, and effect. Leveraging advances in synthetic biology, Compound engineers yeasts to recreate the same volatile and non-volatile compounds found in a normal cup of coffee.
Rather than sourcing labor- and land-intensive beans from remote corners of the world, Compound Coffee’s engineered yeast can efficiently brew coffee with 100% identical aroma and flavors as a conventional cup but at a fraction of the environmental impact. The result is the best-tasting and most sustainable cup of coffee in the world.
Tons of CO2e
avoided per ton of coffee
MARICEL SAENZ CEO & FOUNDER
Maricel previously founded Nextbiotics, a synbio company tackling antibiotic resistance.
Compound Foods brews up $4.5M to make coffee without beansTechCrunch
Your Morning Cup of Coffee is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?TIME
How Climate Change is Killing CoffeeThe University of Pennsylvania