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The Craft and Science of Coffee


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Understanding, appreciating and integrating the full value chain of coffee production

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1. The Coffee Tree-Genetic Diversity and Origin 2. Cultivating Coffee Quality-Terroir and Agro-Ecosystem 3. Postharvest Processing-Revealing the Green Bean 4. Environmental Sustainability-Farming in the Anthropocene 5. Social Sustainability-Community, Livelihood, and Tradition 6. Economic Sustainability-Price, Cost, and Value 7. Experience and Experimentation: From Survive to Thrive 8. Cupping and Grading-Discovering Character and Quality 9. Trading and Transaction-Market and Finance Dynamics 10. Decaffeination-Process and Quality 11. The Roast-Creating the Beans' Signature 12. The Chemistry of Roasting-Decoding Flavor Formation 13. The Grind-Particles and Particularities 14. Protecting the Flavors-Freshness as a Key to Quality 15. The Brew-Extracting for Excellence 16. Water for Extraction-Composition, Recommendations, and Treatment 17. Crema-Formation, Stabilization, and Sensation 18. Sensory Evaluation-Profiling and Preferences 19. We Consumers-Tastes, Rituals, and Waves 20. Human Wellbeing-Sociability, Performance, and Health

About the Author

Dr. Britta Folmer is Coffee Science Manager at Nestle Nespresso S.A. In her role she ensures that the science and expertise supporting Nespresso's coffee quality and development is communicated the scientific and coffee expert community, as well as to consumers. Furthermore, she serves as scientific advisor for various coffee and product launches. Her way of working always aims at combining the knowledge and knowhow between scientists and crafts people.During her nine years at Nespresso, Britta has helped to establish the company as one with a solid scientific presence within the coffee community. Before moving to her current role in 2009, Britta served as coffee development and portfolio manager at Nespresso where she was responsible for management of coffee projects. Britta's activities within the specialty coffee organisations include the SCAE Events Committee. She actively contributed to the creation of the new Sustainability Forum which was launched at the World of Coffee in Dublin.

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