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From Whole Beans to Powder

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages. Knowing the moisture content at various stages of coffee production is one of the keys to quality and cost control.

Economic aspects – Since coffee beans are traded by weight, the water content in this product is a particularly important cost element. Sellers will try to supply best quality but, at the same time, ensure they go up to the admissible moisture limit. Moreover, many countries, such as Germany, levy a special coffee tax, so knowing the moisture content at as many stages of production as possible is another way of reducing costs. Increasing moisture by as little as half a percent can help to considerably increase a company earnings.

Quality – Another important aspect is the fact that, in many countries, consumer protection legislation limits the water content in the finished product to 5% and, therefore, the manufacturer undertakes measures not to exceed this limit. The use of TEWS microwave moisture measuring can provide efficient assurance that the water content limits are adhered to with high accuracy at many stages of coffee processing. One prime example is green coffee which should contain no more than 13% water to safely exclude the risk of fermentation starting during storage or transit.

To conclude – Knowing the exact water content of their coffee helps companies to comply with legal regulations while optimizing production - meeting both their objectives of ensuring a high quality level and maximizing profitability.

Areas of application

Practical Examples

Green coffee, Roasted coffee, Ground coffee, Instant coffee, Instant drinks...

Suitable measuring instruments

The following measuring instruments are suitable for this area of application:

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