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Coffee Flavor Chemistry Hardcover – November 28, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0471720386 ISBN-10: 0471720380 Edition: 1st

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"Describes individual constituents contributing to the smell of green coffee and the flavor of roasted coffee." (Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Vol. 50, No. 9, March 2002)

"This is a masterwork and for someone working in the field of coffee aroma research I would imagine it to absolutely essential." (Chromatographia, March 2002)

"Compiles information on 300 volatile constituents contributing to the smell of green coffee and 850 contributing to the flavor of roasted coffee." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)

"...of outstanding quality in its factual content, and is essential for everyone working in the area of coffee aroma and flavor or needing information about the subject." (Angewandte Chemie, Vol. 41, No. 13, July 2, 2002)

"...the best collection of flavour-active compounds in coffee that I know...can be recommended without reservation..." (Chemistry & Industry, 16 December 2002)

"...highly recommended as an up-to-date resource on coffee flavor chemistry..." (Journal of Food Quality, Vol. 26)

From the Back Cover

For two centuries investigators have tried with varying degrees of success to identify the compounds which give roasted coffee its characteristic aroma and taste. The analytical methods and the state of progress in chemistry at the end of the 19th century did not allow for the separation, isolation and identification of the multitude of trace chemicals which are present in roasted coffee. By 1900, scarcely a dozen compounds had been identified. Since the beginning of the sixties, with the advent of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, the number of identifications has increased tremendously. To date, 850 compounds have been identified in the flavor of roasted coffee and 300 in the smell of green coffee.

In this work, the authors systematically review the non-volatile constituents of green coffee, including their structure, and discuss their important contribution as flavor precursors during the roasting process. They also trace the chronological discovery of the individual chemicals and critically examine the validity of their identification, highlighting the enormous progress which has been realized during the twentieth century and particularly in the last 40 years. For convenience, the constituents of green and roasted coffee have been distributed into chemical classes according to structure, systematic and empirical names, their CAS Registry Numbers and occasionally their FEMA classification. Comments are given on the origin or the formation during roasting of each individual compound.

Coffee Flavor Chemistry:
* contains an up-to-date list of almost 1400 original literature references;

* is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of coffee flavor chemistry;

* critically discusses all of the identified and confirmed compounds in coffee;

* presents the major part of the book as a catalogue, for the benefit of the reader;

* includes information on structures, systematic and empirical names, identification, mechanism of formation, synthesis, detection thresholds and organoleptic properties of each constituent where available;

* devotes a chapter to the flavor precursors, including the names and structures of the compounds with reference to the corresponding analytical work.
It will be an invaluable reference for scientists - including analytical chemists and flavorists - in coffee companies, food industries, essential oils and flavor companies, pharmaceutical laboratories, food technology institutes, international and governmental regulation authorities and quality control laboratories.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471720380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471720386
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,517,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Let's Compare Options Preptorial TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is one of only two texts giving complete coverage of one of the most important food chemistry substances in existence: coffee. This book is the "bible" of the aroma and flavor aspects of chemistry. Clarke (Coffee: Volume 1: Chemistry) is the other.

Since this book is over 13 years old, it is nearly impossible to find, as Wiley no longer supports it. You can get it free as a pdf if you're a subscriber at scribd dot com. Wiley, as of this writing, is considering reissuing it as a new edition sometime later in 2014 or early 2015 per an email they sent me.

The author was a renowned expert in the alkaloid aspects of perfumes, and turned his attention to coffee chemistry research. Wikipedia, become a barista dot com, and coffee chemistry dot com all quote him extensively, along with Clarke above.

Some reviews ding the poor print quality of purchases, because there are xeroxed third party copies floating around for over $250 US! Avoid those, but please don't judge this fine text's content by those reviews.
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10 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Telepchak on December 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Altough the service from Amazon was of its usuall high quality and they efficiently replaced the book when I complained...The print quality of the book was sub standard and faded to bearly readable as you went down the page....pluses to Amazon for their handling of the situation ...negatives to Wiley's printer for producing such an expensive substandard product
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