If we can grow meat (and, um, breast milk) in labs, why not coffee? Given how climate change and deforestation have negatively impacted coffee crops worldwide, alternatives to traditional farming methods may be needed in the near future to sustain our passion for java. With that future in mind, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland recently announced they had successfully produced coffee cells in a bioreactor through cellular agriculture. VTT uses cell cultures to produce a wide range of plant- and animal-based products. For coffee, the lab cultures were transferred to bioreactors to begin producing biomass; from there, a roasting process was developed. \u201cIn terms of smell and taste, our trained sensory panel and analytical examination found the profile of the brew to bear similarity to ordinary coffee,\u201d as Dr. Heiko Rischer, the research team leader from VTT, noted (via Phys.org). \u201cHowever, coffee making is an art and involves iterative optimization under the supervision of specialists with dedicated equipment. Our work marks the basis for such work.\u201d Rischer estimates it\u2019ll about four years before the lab-grown coffee gets regulatory approval and meets a high enough standard to become a commercially viable product. Meanwhile, other companies like Atomo are taking a different approach \u2014 they\u2019re creating \u201ccoffee\u201d without using any coffee beans, but rather substituting upcycled and natural plant-based material, as noted by The Spoon. More Like This I Ate Plant-Based Vegan Ribs and Lived to Talk About It No Chickens Were Harmed in the Making of This 100% Chicken Sandwich UK Startup Higher Steaks Unveils Lab-Grown Pork Belly and Bacon Thanks for reading InsideHook. Sign up for our daily newsletter and be in the know. The post Coffee Can Now Be Grown in a Lab. Can It Match the Real Thing? appeared first on InsideHook.