Synthetic everything: Smells like bean spirit? Your next latte could be made from coffee grown in a lab

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.

Studies have also revealed that coffee will be significantly impacted by climate change as it will reduce the area suitable for coffee growth by 50 per cent.

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.

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