Apr 22, 2024 - News

This greener coffee holds the beans

Illustration of coffee beans with a "no" symbol forming in the negative space.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

As Americans drink record-breaking amounts of coffee, one food startup is offering what it calls a sustainable "beanless espresso" in Chicago.

Why it matters: Coffee farming is linked to deforestation, shipping beans drives carbon emissions, and research suggests climate change could impact the global coffee supply.

How it works: Instead of coffee beans, Seattle-based Atomo Coffee uses millet, guava, fructose, date seeds, ramon seeds, pea protein, baking soda, sunflower seeds, lemon and fenugreek to get a coffeelike flavor.

Don't worry, there's caffeine, which comes from green tea — 100 milligrams per double shot.

Try it at VIGO Coffee in Lincoln Park.

  • Atomo's grounds sell for $20.99 per pound wholesale.
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