The future era has arrived. Few people are picky about which plant-based milk is used to make their own vegetarian latte. Maybe it’s because none of them really taste like real animal milk. But things are different now. A new type of vegetarian milk appeared, promising to bring more milk-like taste than any senior. Surprisingly, this product is an invention of artificial intelligence (AI).
NotCo founders: Karim Pichara Baksai, Matias Muchnick and Pablo Zamora.
This milk alternative, called NotMilk, is a product of Chile-based startup NotCo, funded by Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos. The dairy alternative market is flooded with a wide variety of products, but this one stands out from the crowd. Most of the products available are just tweaked versions of a few generic recipes – most using a base of beans, peanuts or cashews. NotMilk’s main ingredient is pea protein, in addition to 18 other ingredients including cabbage and pineapple.
Yes, there is cabbage, there is pineapple.
Yes, there is cabbage, there is pineapple. Photo: Washington Post
Can multiple seemingly contradictory ingredients come together to create a better imitation milk product? Very possible. Traditional plant-based milks are made in a surprisingly simple way. To make cashew milk, you puree cashews with water, filter out the residue and voila, you have a glass of cashew milk. NotMilk was created in a different way: the formula was developed by artificial intelligence. Algorithms will analyze the structure of real milk and try to simulate this structure as closely as possible using alternative ingredients.
The algorithm used to create NotMilk is affectionately called “Giuseppe”, named after Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a 16th-century artist who painted artworks in which people are a combination of vegetables. tubers and fruits. NotMilk’s taste is considered by many to be milky with a cereal flavor – reviewers seem to love this. Plus, milk can foam! Vegan lovers (vegetarian version of Cappuchino) can now enjoy a full cup of Cappuchino without the need for animal products.
NotMilk can foam! Vegetarians can now enjoy a true cup of Cappuchinoino
NotMilk was created to replicate the taste and texture of reptile milk as best as possible without the heavy environmental impacts experienced by the livestock industry – and most importantly, without affecting any species which object. Definitely both ways.