The Coffee Science Foundation (CSF) has announced that Italian coffee machine manufacturer Simonelli Group will become the first major partner of the organisation on 15 October, beginning a new four-year research project.
“This partnership with CSF represents our deep commitment to the scientific process, our love for espresso, and our desire to understand it better,” says Fabio Ceccarani, CEO of Simonelli Group.
“We seek to share our knowledge and give a concrete contribution to the evolution of scientific know-how in the coffee community.”
The CSF is a research organisation launched by the Specialty Coffee Association in April 2019. It is dedicated to advancing the understanding of coffee and securing its future through research, knowledge-building, and outreach.
Simonelli will provide US$100,000 in unrestricted funding to the CSF, the largest contribution to the foundation since its establishment.
“Simonelli Group’s donation to the Coffee Science Foundation is a pioneering and visionary contribution which comes at a critical time. Science and research are more important than ever in keeping our industry sustainable,” says Peter Giuliano, Executive Director of the CSF.
As part of the project, a new assignment aimed at understanding the impacts of variations on espresso extraction will be launched in early 2020. The assignment will use modern sensory analysis, measurement, data analysis, and consumer research tools to create a scientific understanding of espresso extraction standards, techniques, and the resulting impacts on brewed coffee flavor.
“Simonelli Group has long been committed to supporting the global specialty coffee community through the SCA and World Barista Championships to make coffee better. This contribution is a testament to that commitment, particularly in the field of science and research,” says Yannis Apostolopoulos, CEO of the SCA.
For more information, visit www.coffeesciencefoundation.org/mission.