Coffee

A revolution in the coffee world.

Our Coffee

Growing better coffee

The future of coffee begins with creating high-quality seeds and plants, as well as rethinking the best places to grow it. This is why we’re developing a system to scale-up production providing growers with uniform and vigorous coffee plant starts from the world’s most highly sought-after coffee varieties.  

In order to produce coffee plants, we utilize tissue culture to multiply and develop somatic embryos directly from callus.

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The entire process starts with field selection of unique varieties with highly desirable flavor profiles and growth characteristics that we initiate into our tissue culture lab for callus production.

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We then leverage bioreactors and strict quality control metrics to exponentially produce genetically identical replicates in the form of embryos.

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Once the somatic embryos sprout, they are transferred to the soil for acclimatization in our greenhouse.

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Finally, rooted cuttings undergo a hardening process to prepare them for outdoor conditions before delivering them to coffee growers in the field.

This process allows Front Range Biosciences to produce an exponential quantity of uniform, flavor-abundant coffee varieties for growers to generate competitive returns. Not only will this permit growers to produce specialty varieties for the burgeoning market of coffee enthusiasts, but this will also offer the opportunity to grow in emerging coffee microclimates, such as California.

Changes in Coffee

Coffee in California

Coffee has traditionally been grown only in the “bean belt” of the tropics, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Historically, the finest arabica beans required high elevations, where the temperatures are cooler, allowing the beans more time to develop their distinctive flavor profiles. Through the development of California's coffee production industry, it is being proven that coffee can indeed grow outside of the bean belt. California growers are working with Frinj Coffee to create specialty coffees with unique flavor profiles by growing different varieties in the Southern California microclimate. As of the end of 2019, Frinj has helped establish over 64,800 coffee trees across 47 farms in California's ideal coffee growing climate between Santa Barbara and San Diego. And we’re helping.

The Future

The coffee future

With Front Range Biosciences by their side, Frinj plans to expand production with traditional and proprietary coffee cultivars while generating high-quality plants for their network of growers. Quality plant material is the foundation of successful crop adaptation and production, and similarly, is the foundation of producing a high-value coffee.

Contrary to the typical coffee supply chain model, Frinj’s business operates by purchasing and processing a farmer’s cherry and bringing the product to market, with the farmer receiving the majority of the return. Frinj provides crop establishment and management consulting alongside plant material to help a farmer successfully produce a premium coffee. Through leveraging FRB’s coffee replication process and utilizing technical applications from the wine and tech industries, they are developing a regenerative coffee system.

When grown in California’s avocado belt, the coffee bean requires a year between its blossom and harvest times. It turns out that California's latitude, or distance to the equator, is the key to producing a flavor-rich, high-density and premium coffee outside the bean-belt. This coastal mountain range also offers the precise microclimate for a frost-free growing environment, optimizing the crop’s success in the process. It has become apparent to us that our Santa Barbara-based partner, Frinj Coffee, is establishing Southern California as the next specialty coffee capital of the world.