Brewing Ground for Change
A sustainable coffee alternative for all who love coffee, combining the same taste, look,
and smell of the coffee we know and love with a smaller footprint to ensure a bigger, brighter future for both coffee and the planet.
We’re Compound Foods. We combine scientific innovations with ancient culinary techniques to create a natural, beanless coffee. We do things our own way, because we believe that breaking from tradition is not only fun, but necessary for an optimistic future.
How it all started
A native Costa Rican, Maricel Saenz has grown up witnessing how climate change has impacted coffee farmers at home and worldwide. Coffee has become the fifth-most polluting crop in the value chain, and as a devout coffee drinker herself, Maricel wanted to find a solution. Her dream was to create a coffee that tasted like the terroir of home without the negative impact on the forest and supply chains involved. In 2020, she founded Compound Foods in San Francisco.