The maths behind a perfect cup of coffee

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Brewing the perfect cup of coffee has long been considered an art, depending on experience and skills honed by baristas and amateur enthusiasts alike over generations. However, each of the processes though which coffee is realised – such as growing the beans, harvesting, drying, roasting, grinding and brewing – are fundamentally science-driven applications. Even the most mature processes can benefit from a scientific approach, grounded in the language of mathematics.

Dr Kevin Moroney is a postdoctoral researcher in the MACSI group and the SSPC. Dr Ken O’Connell is a postdoctoral researcher in the DPTC in the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick.

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