Raising the bar in coffee innovation

Ready-to-drink (R.-T.-D.) coffee innovations continue to roll out at a rapid rate, with many featuring unique attributes.

“With the increased interest in dairy-free products, many different milk alternatives have made their way into R.-T.-D. coffee products,” said Joshua Jackson, beverage application technologist, Sensient Flavors, Hoffman Estates, Ill. “Each comes with its own flavor contribution that must be taken into account during formulation.”

Kevin Barasa, product manager at Sensient, added, “What many consumers like about cold brew is its velvety taste. The creaminess almost compensates for the otherwise bitter taste perceived in coffee, allowing consumers who traditionally need sugar or cream to drink their coffee black and stay within their health and wellness goals.

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