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Coffee in Health and Disease Prevention by Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 13

Unsaponifiable Matter of Coffee

Deborah Pacetti1, Paolo Lucci2,  and Natale G. Frega1     1Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy     2Department of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotà D.C., Colombia

Abstract

The unsaponifiable matter of coffee, which represents approximately 15–18% of coffee oil, is an extremely complex fraction that contains sterols, tocopherols, and high amounts of diterpene alcohols. This fraction has attracted increasing interest in recent years, not only because of its possible physiological effects, but also because of its extreme importance and usefulness as fingerprint for the identification ...

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