ChickP cracks the code for creamy dairy-free barista beverages

ChickP, a foodtech startup in plant-based protein, is introducing protein isolates customised for dairy-alternative barista-style coffee drinks.

This solution has been designed to serve food formulators working in alternative dairy to create milk analogues specifically for creamy beverages such as coffee.

Addressing the challenges plant-based barista drinks set, Liat Lachish Levy, CEO of ChickP said consumers want a holistic, better-for-you, yet full flavour experience. “Our technologists took full advantage of our new state-of-the-art application lab to overcome organoleptic and technical challenges in creating creamy, dairy-free ‘milk’ for the perfect cappuccino.”

Chickpeas are a rich source of high-quality protein. ChickP’s IP-protected technology extracts this pure protein while removing bitterness and many non-nutritional factors.

The resulting ingredient has a neutral flavour, ChickP said, mitigating the need for sugar or flavour additives in the final product, and enabling beverage formulators to significantly shorten ingredients list to deliver an all-natural product.

ChickP added that it demonstrates excellent foaming capabilities due to its high solubility and smooth texture.

The model plant-based barista milk contains 3% protein. Existing vegetable-origin barista products typically contain less than 1% protein.

“Consumers are looking for plant-based milk, but they also demand great taste and texture,” noted Maor Dahan, application manager of ChickP. “Our chickpea S930 and G910 isolate are the most refined form of protein with the advantage of matching colour, flavour, and functional properties to food and beverage applications. This protein has great solubility, exhibiting excellent water dispersion properties across a wide range of pH. It has a low viscosity and an optimised flavour.”

Chickpea is not listed as an allergen and is not genetically modified.

“We currently are developing over twenty plant-based applications with leading food and beverage companies with our pure ChickP protein,” revealed Lachish Levy.

“Our customers turned to us to solve major challenges of plant-based products and we were able to provide comprehensive solutions in terms of flavour, complete nutrition profile, and functionality. Together with our customers and partners, we are unlocking the potential of our ChickP protein to offer the best solutions across multiple applications. Our customers confirm that ChickP isolate offers the best dairy-like solution on the market today.”

Lachish Levy is confident theChickP protein “ticks all the boxes”.

“It’s packed with highly nutritious complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. But more than that, it has a rich texture, and provides smooth, stable full foaming, with a white colour, perfect for showcasing the most artful barista’s skills.

ChickP will be at the IFT First Expo at the Startup Pavilion, booth #S4286-M.


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