AUSTIN, Texas--Oct. 14, 2003--Applied Food Sciences, LLC (AFS(TM)) today announced that it received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for patent claims relating to HealthyRoast(TM), the company's proprietary coffee roasting process that substantially increases the antioxidant content in brewed coffee when compared with traditional coffee roasting methods. Only AFS holds an exclusive worldwide license to the technology, which is currently available to the health and beverage markets.
Many of the antioxidants found in green coffee beans are destroyed during conventional roasting methods, and darker roast coffees typically contain the least amount of natural antioxidants. HealthyRoast technology involves an easy-to-implement, 100 percent natural process for preserving the antioxidants in roasted coffee by pre-soaking the green coffee beans before roasting and then quenching the roasted beans with the liquid in which the coffee beans were first pre-soaked.
According to Loretta Zapp, AFS' CEO, "HealthyRoast is a very effective, 100 percent natural roasting method that does not affect the taste and aroma of brewed coffee. In fact, professional tasters, or 'cuppers,' have commented that they can't taste a difference. Coffee utilizing the HealthyRoast technology will be on grocery store shelves early next year."
Coffee beans contain a group of the most potent plant-based antioxidants known as polyphenols. Epidemiological studies have shown a relationship between high dietary intake of these antioxidants and a wide range of health benefits. In general, polyphenols are thought to deliver health benefits by several mechanisms, including: (1) direct free radical quenching, (2) protection and regeneration of other dietary antioxidants such as vitamin E, and (3) chelation of metal ions. Recent experimental studies in both animals and humans have shown that increasing polyphenol antioxidant intake can elevate total antioxidant capacity of the blood.
Applied Food Sciences, LLC (AFS(TM)), based in Austin, specializes in the development and marketing of proprietary technologies used in foods, beverages and nutritional supplements. Currently, AFS is most well known for CDG (Calcium D-Glucarate), Preventium(R) (Potassium Hydrogen D-Glucarate) GCA(TM) (Green Coffee Antioxidant) and HealthyRoast(TM). HealthyRoast is a technology utilized by coffee roasters that significantly boosts natural antioxidant levels in brewed coffee. GCA, CDG and Preventium are proprietary ingredients used widely by major dietary supplement brands.