Recently one of Sci-Fi Foods projects was published in the Perfect Daily Grind. The article discusses a new method we are developing for blending coffee through analysis of its chemistry.
Sci-Fi Food was contracted by a large commercial roaster in Norway to create a new tailor made coffee blend. The blend was to follow set economic parameter as well as fit the taste of the general coffee consumer outside the specialty market.
Sci-Fi Food was up to the challenge. Using market data, we looked at the chemistry of commercial coffee blends which scored well in consumer tests. What makes the chemistry of these coffee blends different than their less popular competitors?
Chemical analysis and our own sensory tests were able indicate some molecules in coffee that could possibly be quality markers for different flavor attributes in a coffee blends. Using the market data, we narrowed down what flavor attributes our target consumer group preferred. Now we blended a coffee using the molecular flavor markers and our knowledge of the consumer groups preference.
In addition to the novelty of the blending process this method avoids a long and resource consuming cupping process to test different blends. With our chemical data we could narrow down possible blends to make the process more efficient.
The project was a success for Sci-Fi Food, showing the power of our scientific approach. Later markets tests by an independent company show good performance of our blend to competitor’s products.
Even though this blending method requires a lot more testing and development creating blends targeted at specific consumer preference would be an enormous advantage for coffee roasters.