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Coffee in Health and Disease Prevention by Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 12

Authentication of Coffee Blends

Natale G. Frega, Deborah Pacetti, Massimo Mozzon,  and Michele Balzano     Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy

Abstract

The world trade of coffee is growing every year. The coffee market involves a large amount of money. The two most important varieties of coffee, arabica and robusta, are separated by a really different economic value. The difference in price can lead to some illegal activity with total or partial substitution of the most expensive variety (arabica) with the cheaper (robusta), especially as regards ground coffee. However, through analytical techniques we are able to detect this possible illicit activity. Chromatography, ...

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