In response to the surge in popularity of plant-based alternatives, the team at Plant Projects, the company that introduced Kiwis to cult brand Oatly, have launched a coffee specifically made for plant-based milk.
Shares in the Swedish company surged by 30 percent on the company’s recent stock market debut, valuing the oat-milk maker at $13bn (18bn NZD). Here in New Zealand, the market is of a similar incline, with a value of $76m.
Founder of Plant Projects, Jamie Wilson is betting on the continued success of alternate milk and has announced the launch of coffee roasted specifically for plant-based milk.
“Just a few years ago, the market for alternate milk were vegans, vegetarians, or those who had an intolerance to dairy. The recent numbers prove plant-based milk has moved to the mainstream.
“Brands like Oatly talk candidly about the dire need for environmental and agricultural change and to critically address our reliance on dairy. And at Plant Projects we echo that opinion. Our new coffee, we hope, will further this conversation,” said Wilson.
Uniquely positioned to hear first-hand what plant milk drinkers and baristas needed, Wilson realised there was a gap for a coffee explicitly made for dairy-free milk.
The all-new Plant Projects Coffee creates the perfect soy, almond, or oat milk latte. Its low acidity blend prevents the coffee and plant milk from splitting and curdling. It also retains the punchy flavour notes through your milk choice, so you can still taste all the goodness of the coffee. Plus, the added bonus of a light acidity coffee means it is also kinder on the stomach.
"Coffee is typically created by coffee people, to be enjoyed on its own. We have roasted a coffee specifically for us plant milk people, to be enjoyed with plant milk. The perfect blend of beans creates a low acidity coffee and best flavours to ensure the smoothest of all plant milk lattes or flat whites.”
Roasted in Auckland, Plant Projects coffee is 70 Parts Columbian and 30 Parts Ethiopian. A blend created and roasted specifically for plant milk performance. Its rich coffee flavour features notes of chocolate, caramel and orange.