June 3, 2018
J Dirler et al, 2018. What temperature of coffee exceeds the pain threshold? Pilot study of a sensory analysis method as basis for cancer risk assessment, Food, Volume 7 (6).
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluates “very hot (>65 ◦C) beverages” as probably carcinogenic to humans. However, there is a lack of research regarding what temperatures consumers actually perceive as “very hot” or as “too hot”. A method for sensory analysis of such threshold temperatures was developed. The participants were asked to mix a very hot coffee step by step into a cooler coffee. Because of that, the coffee to be tasted was incrementally increased in temperature during the test. The participants took a sip at every addition, until they perceive the beverage as too hot for consumption. The protocol was evaluated in the form of a pilot study using 87 participants. Interestingly, the average pain threshold of the test group (67 ◦C) and the preferred drinking temperature (63 ◦C) iterated around the IARC threshold for carcinogenicity. The developed methodology was found as fit for the purpose and may be applied in larger studies.
Ja tak, jeg vil gerne modtage nyhedsbrev, når der er noget nyt om kaffe og helbred.