Making Coffee with Lucia Solis

#32: Where Is Ripeness? Lessons From Brazil on Brix & Color

February 16, 2021 Lucia Season 2 Episode 32
Making Coffee with Lucia Solis
#32: Where Is Ripeness? Lessons From Brazil on Brix & Color
Show Notes

 Our sugar journey is almost complete as we round out the third installment in the Brix series. I hope the previous podcast episodes helped open your mind to some of the challenges we face in talking about sugar in the coffee industry.

Today's episode focuses on ripeness and how counterintuitively sometimes measuring Brix can lead to lower quality coffee.

And to help illustrate this point I'm sharing a lesson from one of my favorite industries: the cork industry. Specifically cork wine stoppers. In 2013 I was invited to visit Portugal as part of a Quality Control trip on behalf of the winery I worked for.

In this episode we will talk about Brix and fruit maturity (ripeness), I will discuss the results of research done on a Brazilian coffee farm and we will see if there isn't a better instrument than a refractometer to help us look inside the coffee fruit and determine what will make a quality cup of coffee.

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Cover Art by: Nick Hafner
Intro song: Elijah Bisbee

Mentioned in the Episode:
Worms and Germs Video Presentation

Comedy Skits: these are weird but hey, maybe you're weird too.
SNL Cork Soakers Skit
John C Riley Sweet Berry Wine Skit

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