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The UC Davis Coffee Center is engaged in comprehensive sensory research using trained panel descriptive analysis to investigate how different parameters related to coffee brewing impact the flavor, and how these can be manipulated to an individual's desired effect. Of these factors, time can be an important variable—in multiple ways—and this talk will highlight two recent projects. The first investigated the time-evolution of coffee flavor extraction during the brewing process. By dividing a drip brew into eight parts and evaluating the flavor change every 30 seconds, it offers a more detailed picture of observable extraction changes. The second experiment investigated time elapsed post-brew, comparing how quickly perceptible changes occur when coffee is held in a carafe, in order to understand the stability of flavors depending on holding conditions. Both of these studies offer preliminary data that can be immediately useful to the industry in developing and preserving desired flavors in the coffee brewing process.
Today’s lecture is presented by Mackenzie Batali, a second-year graduate student in Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, focusing her research in coffee sensory analysis. Previously she received a chemistry degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and worked as a flavor chemist before transitioning into the coffee world. She has spoken previously about her work on coffee fractionation at ASIC 2018.
If today’s lecture piques your interest, you can also read more about Mackenzie’s fractionation experiment in Issue 11 of 25 Magazine.Special Thanks to Softengine Coffee One, Powered by SAP
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- Read a full episode transcript on SCA News
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- Learn more about the upcoming 2020 Lecture Series at the Specialty Coffee Expo
- Read "Less Strong, More Sweet," a feature by the team at UC Davis on this experiment in Issue 11 of 25
3:10 An overview of the coffee science research taking place at UC Davis
26:00 How does brewing time impact the chemical properties of coffee?
37:00 Summary and conclusions