Influence of processing on the generation of γ-aminobutyric acid in green coffee beans. Eur Food Res Technol

German Research Centre for Food Chemistry, Freysing, Bavaria, Germany
European Food Research and Technology (Impact Factor: 1.56). 01/2005; 220(3):245-250. DOI: 10.1007/s00217-004-1033-z


A determination of the concentrations of free amino acids in differently processed green coffees indicated the nonprotein amino acid -aminobutyric acid (GABA), a well-known plant stress metabolite, to be present in raw coffee beans (Coffea arabica L.) in significantly varying amounts. The GABA content of unwashed Arabica beans (green coffee produced by the dry processing method) was always markedly higher than that of washed Arabicas (wet processing method) as well as that of untreated seeds. This result underlined the assumption that during postharvest treatment a significant metabolism occurs within coffee seeds. A putative relation between drought stress of the coffee seeds and postharvest treatment methods is discussed. The GABA content of green coffee beans may serve as a potent tool to characterize the type of postharvest treatment applied in coffee processing.

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    • "This metabolism becomes evident by the conversion of glutamic acid into γ-aminobutyric acid mediated by an enzymatic α-decarboxylation. The reaction is related to a physiological drought stress situation and is specific to the mode of processing applied (Bytof et al., 2005). Such alterations in the pool of free amino acids — components which are considered as essential precursors of flavor and color of the coffee brew (Homma, 2002) — may be suitable to explain some of the sensorial differences between ‗‗washed‖ and ‗‗unwashed‖ coffees. "
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    ABSTRACT: Coffee has been for decades the most commercialized food product and most widely consumed beverage in the world, with over 600 billion cups served per year. Before coffee cherries can be traded and processed into a final industrial product, they have to undergo postharvest processing on farms, which have a direct impact on the cost and quality of a coffee. Three different methods can be used for transforming the coffee cherries into beans, know as wet, dry and semi-dry methods. In all these processing methods, a spontaneous fermentation is carried out in order to eliminate any mucilage still stuck to the beans and helps improve beverage flavor by microbial metabolites. The microorganisms responsible for the fermentation (e.g., yeasts and lactic acid bacteria) can play a number of roles, such as degradation of mucilage (pectinolytic activity), inhibition of mycotoxin-producing fungi growth and production of flavor-active components. The use of starter cultures (mainly yeast strains) has emerged in recent years as a promising alternative to control the fermentation process and to promote quality development of coffee product. However, scarce information is still available about the effects of controlled starter cultures in coffee fermentation performance and bean quality, making it impossible to use this technology in actual field conditions. A broader knowledge about the ecology, biochemistry and molecular biology could facilitate the understanding and application of starter cultures for coffee fermentation process. This review provides a comprehensive coverage of these issues, while pointing out new directions for exploiting starter cultures in coffee processing.
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    • "Vidal-Valverde et al. (2002) found that GABA contents is influenced by germination time, temperature, pH, and chemical inhibitors through are regulation of the DAO activity in fava beans. Bytof et al. (2005) also reported that germination in the presence of light for lentils, and in darkness for peas can increase the GABA content. Other studies have also showed the biotransformation of cereal proteins to GABA by LAB in sourdough (Stromeck, Hu, Chen, & Gä nzle, 2011). "
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    • "Data evaluation was performed by the second derivative (XSDM) method. GABA was quantified by HPLC according to Bytof et al. (2005). – it could impact the overall performance in synthesis, translocation and accumulation of the relevant compounds. "
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