Soylent Wants to Replace Your Coffee Too
G. Clay Whittaker
at 10:34 AM Aug 10 2016
Soylent Wants to Replace Your Coffee Too
Coffiest, from the makers of Soylent
Courtesy: Soylent

Soylent is expanding their product offerings, and they're going after breakfast bars and caffeinated beverages as the competition. Soylent's big roll-out is a caffeinated version of its nutrient-shake-meal-replacement, which will be called Coffiest.

Coffiest is a reference to another dystopian look at food sources of the future, from Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth's The Space Merchants. In that novel, Coffiest is a beverage that includes "three milligrams of  a simple alkaloid, nothing harmful" that nevertheless gets the drinker hopelessly addicted almost immediately. Coffiest's creators estimate the cost of detox to be $5000, so it's "far simpler" to just keeping on drinking it - "three cups with every meal and a pot beside his bed, like it says on the packet."

So Coffiest is actually no that much less upsetting than the film Soylent Green is to think about.

What you will get instead of vatted nutrient paste or people, is a dose of caffeine roughly on par with a 16-ounce cup of coffee. And probably no addicting alkaloid.

Soylent took on a cult following among the too-busy-to-eat types in the tech industry (its creators are one and the same), so it will be interesting to see that population not only running at peak efficiency, but also getting an extra jolt in the morning. Without the need for a coffee pot, they'll save even more money.

[H/T The Verge]

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