Who is FlavorActiV?

FlavorActiV is a UK-based company that has worked with the craft beer, soda, and water industries to establish flavor standards and calibrate sensory panels for over 20 years.  The Coffee Flavor Library was developed in collaboration with Coffee Enterprises and Square Mile Coffee;  these Flavor Standards are the first training tool that allows you to safely learn the taste and not just the aroma.

What are Flavor Standards?

Stable and precise flavors (aroma and taste) that are accurate in character and intensity are used for flavor training and calibration.  Each flavor standard will smell and taste the same every time.

What does Pharmaceutical GMP mean?

Manufactured to the same good manufacturing standards used in the medical/pharmaceutical industry.

Why Powder?

Powder is more stable and easier to transport than liquid.

Are these for tasting or smelling or both?

Both, the flavor standards are designed for aroma and taste.

How are they mixed?

Each capsule is designed to be dissolved in one litre of water (33.8 ounces) to replicate flavors that occur in coffee.

Can I mix with coffee or just water?

Although you can mix standards with coffee, our preference is that they should be used in water. The intrinsic quality of the coffee may accentuate the FlavorActiV standard, or may overpower the FlavorActiV standard’s flavors. It was our experience that mixing the capsules with coffee created too many variables which we could not control, such as degree of roast, type of coffee, etc produced effects that could disappoint the cupper.

What kind of water should I use?

We suggest using water at specialty coffee industry standards, however, FlavorActiV standards will work with the water that you use in your business.

Can I adjust the intensity?

Yes, increase the water for less flavor intensity and decrease the water for greater flavor intensity.

How many capsules in each kit?

There are 5 capsules in each kit.

How many students can train on each capsule?

Each capsule will prepare 1 liter of flavored water.  With 3 oz samples per student, each capsule will train about 10 students.

What is the shelf-life of the capsules?

The shelf life is 24 months, with a clear “use by” date indicated on the package.

What is the shelf-life of the mixed liquid?

Once mixed the flavored liquid should be used immediately.