Watch Out Starbucks: Seattle Startup Atomo Hacked The Coffee Bean.

Unique molecular formula produces great tasting coffee without the bean and without negative impacts on environment.

This is significant because:

  • Coffee consumption is growing, resulting in deforestation in an attempt to keep up with demand.

  • Atomo uses naturally-derived sustainable ingredients to create smooth, rich, aromatic coffee, containing the caffeine you’d expect, without the bitterness.

  • Atomo ground coffee can be used in drip machines, French presses, refillable K-Cups, and pour-overs, easily replacing your everyday grounds.

SEATTLE, WA, February, 7 - Today, Atomo announced the development of the world’s first molecular coffee containing no coffee beans. By reverse-engineering the coffee bean, Atomo has created a naturally-derived and sustainable coffee with the esame caffeine you’d expect and no harsh acid or bitterness.

Atomo was conceived by food scientist Jarret Stopforth, Ph.D. “I love coffee, but every day I was adding cream and sugar to mask coffee’s bitter flavor” said Stopforth. “By replicating the taste, aroma and mouthfeel of coffee, we’ve designed a better tasting coffee that’s also better for the environment.”

Seventy per cent of UW students who tasted both prefer Atomo over Starbucks. 

In a blind Coffee Challenge conducted last week at the University of Washington, students sampled Starbucks Pike Blend and Atomo’s prototype formula and were asked to choose which coffee they preferred. Seventy per cent of students preferred Atomo. A video of the Coffee Challenge can be found on Atomo’s YouTube channel: URL. 

Conduct your own Coffee Challenge, molecular coffee vs. your regular cup.

By participating in Atomo’s Kickstarter campaign, contributors can be the first to receive Atomo’s molecular coffee to conduct their own coffee challenge. The Kickstarter campaign launched today, Feb 7, 2019. Kickstarter URL.

How do you brew Atomo coffee at home? 

Atomo ground coffee can be used substituted ounce-for-ounce with regular ground coffee - in drip machines, French presses, Aeropresses, refillable K-Cups, pourovers: whatever fuels your morning cup of Joe.

Better for coffee drinkers and the environment.

In January 2019, a study was released by Science Magazine stating that 60% of the world’s coffee species were in danger of going extinct in the next 50 years due to climate change, population expansion, and disease. And every day—right now—forests are being mowed down to make room for new coffee plantations. Atomo’s coffee is produced without the need for deforestation or pesticides and contains none of the harmful carcinogens that develop during the roasting process. “We believe we have a moral obligation to stop harmful coffee farming practices, but none of us want to stop drinking coffee.” said Andy Kleitsch, CEO of Atomo. “Atomo’s technology can halt the need for further deforestation by reducing the demand for coffee beans.”

Partnership with Mattson

Atomo has partnered with food science and development company Mattson to build its go-to-market formula. Mattson has over 40 years’ experience designing, testing, and commercializing products for leading food brands including Blue Bottle and Soylent. “Mattson is excited to help bring to life Atomo’s bold vision of creating the best tasting cup of coffee while minimizing negative impacts to the environment” said Barb Stuckey, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Mattson, “And with coffee bean varieties at such great risk, someone has to step in to create an alternative. We wanted to be a part of this.”

Atomo is scheduled for commercial release in Q4, 2019. 


About Atomo Coffee

Designed in Seattle, Atomo is the world’s first molecular coffee containing no coffee beans. By reverse-engineering the coffee bean, Atomo has created a naturally-derived and sustainable coffee which can be used in place of traditional ground coffee. Atomo’s goal is to create an amazing cup of coffee and reduce the global demand for coffee beans, thus minimizing deforestation and destruction caused by commercial coffee farming. The privately held company was founded by Jarret Stopforth, Ph.D., and Andy Kleitsch.

More information:


Instagram: @AtomoCoffee


YouTube: @AtomoCoffee

Press kit:


Andy Kleitsch


It all started when…

The following is placeholder text known as “lorem ipsum,” which is scrambled Latin used by designers to mimic real copy. Aenean eu justo sed elit dignissim aliquam. Vivamus a ante congue, porta nunc nec, hendrerit turpis.

Donec eget risus diam. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec eget risus diam. Mauris id fermentum nulla. Quisque congue porttitor ullamcorper. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus a ante congue, porta nunc nec, hendrerit turpis.