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Alan Perlstein on coffee from plant cell culture: 'We’re researching varietals that are very difficult to grow, that have unique flavors and which sell at a pretty high cost per cup...’ Image credit: California Cultured

'Plant cell culture is now emerging from a very cold winter...' Cell-cultured chocolate startup California Cultured turns attention to coffee

Microbes can produce a host of ingredients traditionally made by plants or animals more sustainably and efficiently. But if you want to make complex plant-based ingredients such as coffee or cocoa, single-celled microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria aren’t going to cut it, says Davis, CA-based startup California Cultured. Which is where plant cell culture comes in, says co-founder and CEO Alan Perlstein.

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