Michael Arato and Preethi Chidambaram give samples of CafeButter at the Columbus Coffee Festival.
Credit: Courtesy of Michael Arato
Routine morning cups of joe and mid-afternoon caffeine pick-me-ups can soon be supplemented with CafeButter — spreadable coffee created by Michael Arato, a fourth-year in food science.
Arato said he invented the caffeinated spread with a similar consistency to Nutella when he was pondering a void in savory breakfast spreads. Australia has Vegemite and Marmite, but he couldn’t think of an American equivalent. He said his first thought was to go with a spicy spread to wake people up, but decided that caffeine could do that job instead.