Aspiring food engineer hosts a coffee beans roasting demonstration

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- A presentation gave University of Florida students a behind-the-scenes look at what food scientists do on their jobs.

Aspiring food engineer, Savanna Curtis, showed students the process of how coffee is made.

“Being an engineer, my favorite part of food and all the mechanisms behind food are what goes into making that final product,” Curtis said. “My dream as an engineer is to have a product on a shelf that I had my hands in. My favorite thing about coffee is all the different applications that it has.”

The UF food and sciences masters student explained how coffee beans start off as a green bean and during the roasting process, it changes into a black bean which is where the coffee bean develops its flavor.

She used Brazilian and Colombian coffee beans during her demonstration to create different flavors of coffee by raising or lowering the temperature in the roaster.

“I just want them to have an appreciation for the process behind the food and the beverages that they’re enjoying including coffee,” Curtis said.

The presentation was hosted on behalf of UF’s Food Sciences and Nutrition Department's “Food Week."