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An excellent primer on the new SCAA flavor wheel. #getgeeky

An excellent primer on the new SCAA flavor wheel. #getgeeky

To create a flavor wheel, you need words and you need to arrange them in a circular fashion, usually with rings or tiers that indicate some relationship, from broad to narrowing specificity. For the words, turned to the WCR Sensory Lexicon, the largest collaborative research project yet in coffee flavor. The Sensory Lexicon is an ideal list of flavor attributes, but does not determine relationships between the attributes. Therefore, SCAA understood an additional scientific study would be necessary. We needed a research partner who was willing to think creatively and do solid research to help us understand how the lexicon should be arranged in terms of tiers/rings as well as placement around a wheel. Given the world-renowned reputation of the sensory science research conducted at UC Davis, we reached out to the food science and technology department to see if any sensory sc...

Full article: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/2016/01/28/a-science-primer...

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