Anyone who has ever suffered from a cold quickly realizes the importance of smell/taste in fully appreciating the flavor of food. This is no surprise as over the years scientist have recommended that people who rely on their sensory ability to perform a job - i.e. perfumers, sommeliers, coffee cuppers, etc - should strongly refrain from the potentially damaging affects of smoking. But until now this recommendation has lacked scientific rigor, but recently this may all change.
Of all agricultural products coffee, is perhaps one of the most complex, far more complex than wine and tea combined. But how we process the coffee - during cultivation, roasting, and brewing - can significantly affect the overall flavor of coffee.
June 28, 2009 - Came across this interesting video where Andrea Illy, who stepped into his fathers shoes at Illycafe, discusses the history of espresso. Enjoy!
May 15, 2009 - What does Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton and David Beckham all have in common? Asset Insurance! For professionals who make a living off their talents, protecting such assets may prove it's not only be smart, but necessary.
April 3, 2009 - With the rapid increase in freshly brewed coffee, coffee brewer manufacturers in Taiwan are being urged to label their equipment for caffeine content.
March 27, 2009 - This month, we were asked by Tea & Coffee Trade Journal to write a brief article discussing the complicated science behind coffee. Well, here it is!!
February 19, 2009 - Should we drink our coffee or smell it? That's the question scientists at the National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology are asking.
January 20, 2009 - According to researchers at the University of Durham, drinking too much coffee can cause hallucinations with the presence of 'dead people".
September 16, 2008 - In the past century the incidence of male pattern baldness (MPB) has significantly increased and according to many, part of the blame is due to the modernization of our society. Today, Western diets contain high concentrations of sugar, fat and animal protein, which according to researchers have all been correlated in some way to the increase in dihydroxytestosterone (DHT), a compound believed to cause male pattern baldness.
October 9, 2008 - The year has come and gone, but this year in particular holds a special significance. This month, in our final issue of "Under the Microscope", we discuss some of coffee's darker side - Coffee Adulteration.
August 20, 2008 - Dora Jaramillo slides off the top of a wooden box to reveal 36 numbered vials of "perfume." Each number in the kit corresponds to a different aroma commonly found in coffee, some positive (lemon and butter) and some not so positive (medicinal and rubber). These codified aromas are part of Jaramillo's professional infrastructure...