Avoiding trade losses from incorrect measurement of coffee moisture
Coffee is a highly traded commodity and its quality is influenced by several factors such as altitude, soil quality, weather conditions, and post-harvest processing. One important aspect that directly affects the coffee quality is moisture content. Incorrect measurement of coffee moisture is a common problem that can cause significant financial harm to all growers.
When coffee is harvested, it is usually at a moisture content of around 60%. Coffee needs to be dried to a moisture content of between 11% to 12% before it can be stored safely. If the moisture content is too high, the coffee beans can ferment and develop mold, which will result in a musty or sour taste. On the other hand, if the moisture content is too low, the beans can become brittle and lose their flavor.
Inaccurate measurement of coffee moisture can lead to significant trade losses for growers. If the coffee is sold with a moisture content that is higher than the specified limit, it can be rejected, and the grower will have to sell it at a lower price. On the other hand, if the coffee is sold with a moisture content that is too low, the beans will be brittle can break easily when transported and/or milled, resulting in a lower quality product.
To avoid such problems, growers need to use reliable moisture meters that can accurately measure the moisture content of coffee beans. One such device is the Gehaka G610i Grain Moisture Meter. This instrument and can measure the moisture content of coffee beans quickly and accurately.
Easy to use and requiring minimal training to operate, the Gehaka G610i provides moisture readings in seconds. The unit is portable and is equipped with a built-in digital scale. Most importantly, its accurate measurement enables growers to take corrective actions to ensure the quality of their product.