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|Title: ||Evaluation of moisture testing instrument of Coffee|
|Authors: ||T N, Gopinanthan|
P, Panneer Selvam
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Citation: ||Gopinandhan TN, Pannerselvam P, Velmourougane K, Raghuramulu Y, Jayarama.2008. Evaluation of moisture testing instrument of Coffee. Indian Food Industry. 27(1):60-63.|
|Abstract: ||The importance of determining the moisture level in green coffee (unroasted) is very essential as it contributes greatly to the visual and intrinsic quality of the coffee beans. Improperly dried green coffee result in various physical deformities (shriveled and boat shaped bean) and also impart off-flavors viz, woody taste (associated with over-drying of coffee) and mouldy taste (result from under-dried coffee). In India, different types of moisture meters viz., Kappa moisture meter, Sinar moisture analyzer, Farmex MT-3 grain moisture tester and Digital moisture meter are used for rapid measurement of moisture level in green coffee for the routine quality control purpose. These meters are generally used by the coffee curer and traders. In view of the high cost of these meters, growers generally do not procure moisture meter and follow vague methods of moisture determination which result in deterioration of coffee quality at the estate level itself. In the present study, relatively a low cost Chinese made multi-channel moisture meter (model QCS-3Z) was evaluated for its suitability in testing moisture level in green coffee sample. The results of this study have prompted that the moisture meter tested under this study was highly reliable in terms of accuracy and repeatability and found suitable for measuring moisture level ranging from 8 to 15%. The QCS-3Z model moisture meter can be recommended for testing moisture level in green coffee samples.|
|Appears in Collections:||Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry|
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