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Determination of the sensory characteristics of sugarcane spirits produced in the central region of the state of São Paulo

Grant number: 01/12931-1
Support type:Research Grants - Research in Public Policies
Duration: May 01, 2003 - February 28, 2011
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Science
Principal researcher:João Bosco Faria
Grantee:João Bosco Faria
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas (FCFAR). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Partner institutions: Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas (FCFAR)


The establishment of quality standards for Brazilian cachaça is a fundamental stage if one is to think of establishing a quality control capable of guaranteeing the access of that drink to the international market. In this sense, in addition to knowing and controlling the main ingredients liable to cause defects in that drink, it is also vital to be aware of the sensory characteristics associated with the products of greater and lesser acceptance, so as to be able then to act in the direction of improving the quality of the liquors produced. The survey and collection of samples from the cachaça producers in the region will make it possible, for the first time, through sensory analysis and the determination of the profile of volatiles (parallel project presented by Prof. Douglas W. Franco – IQSC-USP), to furnish a picture of the current situation and of the possible means of action to improve and control the quality of the liquor produced here. Partnerships with town halls will pave the way for a future concerted action with a view to improvements in the quality of this product. (AU)

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