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  • D. Labbe · J. Sudre · V. Dugas · B. Folmer
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    ABSTRACT: The formation and stabilization of crema on espresso coffee are areas that have been well studied during the last 2 decades. In contrast, the contribution of the sensory perception of crema in the coffee consumption experience has not received a lot of attention. Crema being a key visual differentiator between espresso coffees, it may influence the overall sensory and hedonic experiences through the process of assimilation or contrast of visually induced expectations. The objective of this research was therefore to investigate the role of the expectation generated by crema visual cues on actual sensory and hedonic espresso coffee consumption experience. The study was designed to measure the impact of absence, presence and amount of crema on expectation for espresso coffee in liking, quality, overall taste intensity, bitterness and smoothness. Four espresso coffees with different amounts of crema were rated on each attribute by espresso coffee consumers in three evaluation conditions: visual condition (expectation induced by crema visual cues), in-mouth condition (espresso coffee tasting while participants were blindfolded), full condition (standard tasting). The aim of this procedure was to quantify the respective contribution of crema visual cues and in-mouth espresso coffee tasting to the overall espresso coffee experience. Results showed that espresso coffee without crema was expected to be moderately liked, low in quality and weakly smooth as compared to espresso coffee with crema. Such expectations negatively impacted hedonic and sensory in-mouth experience through assimilation effect. Change in crema amount also impacted consumers' expectation which in turn modulated hedonic and sensory experience for espresso coffee. For the first time, this study highlighted the key role of crema visual cues on espresso coffee consumption experience.
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    ABSTRACT: A set of six espresso coffees with different foam characteristics and similar above cup and in-mouth flavour sensory profiles was produced by combination of two varying parameters, the extraction pressure and the filtration of the coffee beverage. The coffees were subsequently evaluated in a comparative manner by a set of analytical (headspace, nose-space) and sensory (Temporal Dominance of Sensations) techniques. The presence of espresso crema in its standard quantity was demonstrated to be associated with the optimum release of pleasant high volatiles, both in the above cup headspace and in-mouth. On the other hand, the TDS study demonstrated that increasing amount of crema was associated with increasing roasted dominance along coffee consumption. Furthermore, a parallel was established between the roasted sensory dominance and the dominant release of 2-methylfuran in the nose-space. This was, however, an indirect link as 2-methylfuran was indeed a chemical marker of roasting but does not contribute to the roasted aroma. Lowering the standard amount of crema by filtration clearly decreased the release of pleasant high volatiles and the in-mouth roasted sensory dominance. On the other hand, increasing the usual crema volume by increasing the extraction pressure did not bring any added value concerning the above cup and in-mouth release of pleasant high volatiles.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2012
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    ABSTRACT: The measure of the liking of a product remains mainly accomplished through a single integrated response. Whether liking exhibits dynamic changes during the consumption of a food remains largely unexplored. Besides, studying the temporal aspects of perceptions during eating is a growing research topic in sensory science. Different tools are available to measure the time course of one or more perceptions during food consumption, such as time intensity or temporal dominance of sensations. The studies using these tools have shown that panellists can provide information on the temporality of their perceptions and monitor their perceptions from onset through extinction. The aim of our study was to adapt the latter approach to investigate the temporal aspects of hedonic assessment. As such, we proposed, tested and compared two methods to measure the liking throughout the consumption of a food. Forty-nine consumers participated in the tasting of three different cereals. One method consisted of eliciting any liking change during consumption, whereas the other method consisted of scoring liking at four predefined time-points during consumption. We also proposed a new method to analyse the data and graphically represent the dynamics of liking. At a panel level, the two methods showed similar dynamics of liking for two of the three products. However, the changes of liking during consumption were quite low partly due to a poor consensus among subjects. Yet, the individual responses showed many different patterns of dynamic liking. K-means analyses resulted in a two-cluster partition for each method. Although not similar, the two partitions showed large overlap. Finally, correlation coefficients calculated per subject between overall liking scores and dynamic liking data suggested the importance of the beginning of the consumption event in the overall liking (i.e., the time averaged response).
    No preview · Article · Apr 2012 · Food Quality and Preference