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FlavorActiV FAQ

Answers to common questions

Who is FlavorActiV?

FlavorActiV is a UK-based company that has worked with the traditional 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?

Production adheres to strict Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) pharmaceutical quality controls. FlavorActiV’s dedicated GMP Flavour Centre is certified and regulated by the UK Government’s Medicine Regulatory & Healthcare Product Agency (MHRA) to a standard which far exceed ISO 9001, ISO 17025 or any food grade certification.

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 liquid to replicate flavors that occur in coffee. The super-fine powder will quickly and easily dissolve.

Can I mix with coffee or just water?

We suggest starting with room temperature water for beginners and intermediate training. The intrinsic quality and intensity of the coffee may accentuate or overpower the FlavorActiV standard’s flavors for initial training. Advanced training may use hot coffee as the liquid base for FlavorActiV flavor standard training.

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. We suggest:

  • Beginner Training: 1 capsule to 500 mL (17 fluid ounces) of room temperature water
  • Intermediate Training: 1 capsule to 1 L (35 fluid ounces) of room temperature water
  • Advanced Training: capsule to 300 mL (10 fluid ounce) of hot coffee

Flavor intensity may be adjusted stronger (less liquid) or milder (more liquid) as needed.

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?

Best Practices – Once mixed with liquid he flavor standards should be tasted within 2 hours. Once mixed with liquid the flavor standards may be stored in a sealed container to prevent contamination, in a refrigerator ≤ 40° F / 4.5° C to limit oxidation, for up to 48 hours before tasting.