The pioneering bean-less coffee may provide an eco-friendly solution to various problems associated with our flat whites and lattes.
Rainforests and vegetation must currently be cleared due to the plants’ need for sunlight, as well as the ever increasing demand for the beverage. It is believed that the average Briton consumes 3kg of coffee every year.
However, researchers at the VTT research institute in Finland, the country which drinks the most coffee per capita, have brewed a batch with “smells and tastes” like the conventional drink.
Using the leaves from a plant, Dr Heiko Rischer, the head of plant biotechnology at VTT, and his team formed cells which were then propagated and multiplied.