A new study found that coffee drinkers are actually more sensitive to the bitter taste of caffeine.
Coffee is a complex beverage – and it’s experienced differently by everyone.
Your appreciation (or not) of coffee is largely driven by genetics, which control a host of factors raging from your caffeine tolerance to sensory perception.
A new study from Northwestern University, recently published in Scientific Reports, found that coffee lovers aren’t less sensitive to the bitter taste of coffee – instead, the opposite is true.
This suggests an interesting psychological phenomenon behind our love of coffee.
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The Business & Safety of Cold Brew | Nov. 6 | Sponsored by: Toddy, LLC
What is cold brew coffee?
“At its core, cold brew is a brewing method, not a serving method,” explains Mark Corey, Ph.D., NCA Director of Scientific & Government Affairs.
Dr. Corey led a team of specialized experts to develop the NCA Cold Brew Toolkit, now available to the entire coffee industry. (Read more background about the report and related food safety considerations.)
The Toolkit offers science-based technical guidance and recommended best practices – visit the NCA website for more details.
While working on the report, we received a lot of questions – from consumers and companies alike – about the beverage market’s hottest trend.
Here are some expert-approved answers to common questions about what “cold brew coffee” really means:
4 in 5 consumers say they look forward to fall seasonal items the most
Is this the end of pumpkin spice?
By Amanda Topper, Mintel
The following is an edited excerpt from the Mintel Blog. Read the full post
Wake up and smell the coffee: Pumpkin spice’s reign as top autumn coffee beverage may be coming to an end.
Menu mentions of pumpkin-flavored coffees declined 30% from Fall 2015-Fall 2017, according to Mintel Menu Insights. This decline was driven mainly by a few quick-service restaurants (QSRs).
The NCA Cold Brew Toolkit draft will be open for coffee industry comment through the end of May
An edited version of the following article was originally published in the May 2018 issue of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Cold brew has taken off – and it’s changing the way we drink coffee.
Total retail sales of refrigerated cold brew grew by about 460 percent from 2015 to 2017, reaching an estimated $38.1 million in sales this year, according to research from Mintel.
And, unlike avocado lattes, cold brew is more than a passing trend. About 10% of coffee drinkers reported having cold brew daily in 2017, according to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends report – up from only 1% in 2015. Experts predict that this category will continue to drive coffee market growth.
But despite of – or perhaps due to – this sudden popularity, there are still a lot of questions and misconceptions around cold brew. This is especially true for coffee companies that are considering making, serving, or selling cold brew.
Basket Shapes & Water Quality: Filter Coffee in the UC Davis Lab
By Angie Molina
Article & photos from our friends at Perfect Daily Grind
Lee este artículo en español Filtros Y Calidad Del Agua: Café Filtrado en El Laboratorio
What do you need to do to brew better filter coffee? That’s one of the many questions UC Davis Coffee Center is setting out to answer, through a variety of research projects. After all, there’s nothing like hard science for an answer you can trust.
Professor William Ristenpart, the center’s Director, agreed to talk me through his current work and what we can expect to see in the future, from the impact of coffee filter baskets to water quality and temperature.
This post originally appeared on Restaurant Business via S&D Coffee and Tea
Decaf with two raw sugars, half-caf with almond milk and agave, iced Americano with two pumps of caramel syrup: Coffee orders can be as varied and unique as the consumers ordering them.
One consistent aspect, however, is that customization is now an essential part of the coffee experience — a fundamental or basic need and no longer an enhanced need, as confirmed by research from S&D Coffee & Tea and Datassential.
According to their survey of regular coffee drinkers that purchase coffee away from home from a commercial operator or convenience store, the ability to customize is statistically tied with speed/convenience and variety of options as the third most important factor when consumers choose a venue from which to buy coffee. Only price and quality are deemed more important than the ability to add to one’s coffee.
By Kyra Auffermann, NCA
For today’s consumers, it’s more than “just” a cup of coffee. From extra antioxidants to artisanal craftsmanship, the future of coffee is anything but ordinary.
During the recent NCA webinar, “Coffee Outlook 2017,” Datassential’s Mark DiDomenico shared how the latest food trends are impacting the coffee market:
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