The idea for Cafézia Coffee was first hatched on a run in Springbank Park between friends and coffee-enthusiasts Brian Martell and Tomas Dobransky. They asked themselves two questions: why does coffee affect some people differently than others, and how can coffee be modified to reduce these differences? Tomas, a neuroscientist and coffee-enthusiast, was determined to find out. After conducting extensive research in his lab, Tomas discovered the solution and Cafézia was born.
Along with Brian, the COO of Heritage Coffee, and Aranka Poliak, founder of an espresso pod business, the three set out to change the way we drink coffee.
About the Inventor
Dr. Tomas Dobransky holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Food Chemistry and Biotechnology, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology in Prague. He has been involved in basic research in the field of neurosciences, cell biology and protein chemistry with a focus on the central nervous system since 1987. His research interests have taken him to research laboratories spanning the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, France, and Canada, with over 30 original scientific publications and several book chapters centered around the complex proteomic pathways connected to neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.
Today Tomas acts as the Scientific Director of DB Biotech, a biotechnology company that he founded in 2006. Furthermore, he is the author of an original in vitro cloning technology applied to the design, development and production of highly specific and sensitive antibodies used in clinical pathology, mostly for the early, preventive and personalized identification of cancers in human diagnostics. DB Biotech’s products are currently sold in 38 countries worldwide.
In addition to Tomas’s active involvement in research and teaching, he is also involved in studies regarding food composition, nutritional habits and their influence on human metabolism and general health, with a specialized focus on the regulation of anabolic pathways. As a former athlete, he participated at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeonchang, South Korea as an official mental performance coach and nutritionist within the Slovak alpine ski team.