As a seasonal commodity, preserving coffee poses great challenges to producers and roasters. Given its short shelf life, there is urgency to serve coffee before its quality deteriorates completely. This is risky business in an industry that is highly profitable, but also highly competitive. This is where quality and freshness play key roles.
This, however, is not always the case. Post-harvest processes take a while. Drying, storage and shipment are often delayed. Delays mixed with unpredictable and intensified weather conditions as a result of global warming causes massive losses of the high-priced commodity.
For example, elevated relative humidity (RH) within the storage containment can create a respiratory environment where fungi and pests thrive. Beans that are improperly dried may also be too wet for storage resulting in the same problems. To make matters worse, most resort to using equally harmful pesticides that destroy the quality and sensory characteristics of coffee.
Such undesirable conditions are prevalent in coffee trading, thus, losses are extremely common, both in quantity and quality.
GrainPro, Inc. of Concord, Mass., and its global offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America are determined to reduce such losses. By innovating solutions targeted primarily to address the loss of key food commodities, GrainPro has gained the recognition of various groups in the coffee industry, including traders and roasters.
Its solutions employ the principles of Ultra Hermetic™ technology – modified atmosphere storage invented in ancient times and improved for the modern age. GrainPro’s innovations such as the organic-certified SuperGrainbag™ (SGB) and Cocoon™ use multi-layer, recyclable plastic with barrier layers. This patented innovation prevents moisture exchange within and outside to ensure that stored...