Coffee and Furfuryl mercaptan FEMA 2493

Memories Small houses keep a family close. My childhood home, built in 1950, is small and cozy. The kitchen has a dining room table that has a view of "out back". "Out back" is not small. There are five acres in which we raised cattle and hundreds of acres beyond which cattle once roamed. I have fond memories of mornings eating breakfast, looking out and smelling coffee. Perhaps this is why coffee is my favorite beverage. Furfuryl Mercaptan Furfuryl mercaptan FEMA 2493 (otherwise known as coffee mercaptan) is the characterizing component of coffee. Coffee flavor and furfuryl mercaptan are products of the roasting process. This chemical reaction is the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction is one of the most important reactions … [Read more...]

Fenugreek Extract and Maple Flavor FEMA #2486

Fenugreek seeds Until recently, I did not know Fenugreek seeds were one of the main ingredients in Indian spiced curry. My experience with Fenugreek was that it is brown sticky mass that smelled like maple. I knew Fenugreek not as a seed or a plant, but as a botanical extract. Extracts Extracts are concentrated natural products obtained by solvent extraction (i.e. ethyl alcohol or hexane extraction). The aroma and taste components that are extracted by the solvent are further concentrated by evaporating the solvent residue. Once the solvent is removed, a botanical extract is made by mixing the remnants with glycerine, caramel color and corn syrup. A flavor chemist can use either roasted or unroasted Fenugreek. Fenugreek extract is the … [Read more...]

Starbuck’s Via Cool Lime Refreshers, flavor review

Starbucks, you stole my idea!  Thank you, because I love your new Cool Lime Refreshers™. Seven years of my life were spent blending mint with all sorts of flavor combinations. My favorite mint variety to blend with fruity notes is Native Spearmint (Mentha spicata): herbal, green leafy, tea like and dry. Scotch Spearmint(Mentha gracilis) is preferred for chewing gum: creamy, green and buttery. Truthfully, I never perfected the mint blend: Starbucks did with their Refreshers™ Cool Lime. Some successful flavors I made were pear mint, melon mint and key lime mint. If I were to mix all these flavors, I'd have Cool Lime Refreshers™; perfection!  The Starbucks Via box claims Cool Lime combines kaffir lime, hints of mint, … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Peppermint Mocha review

I visit McDonalds about once a week in the colder months. It's a great place to take my daughter to play while I enjoy some coffee and relax. If Starbucks had a play land, I'd be there in a heartbeat, but they don't. The coffee at Starbucks is hands down way better than McDonalds; but McDonalds does a great job providing coffee options to their customers. If you buy a McCafe drink at McDonalds, you will not get to choose decaf, sugar-free, an extra espresso shot or light. McDonalds McCafe drinks come in big food service pouches (large bags) that are inserted into a dispensing machine. I found this out when I ordered a Peppermint Mocha and realized my order was the first order of the season. The crew had to go get the "new bag" from … [Read more...]