Enhanced Cool Processing of Value Added Beverages

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-15493
Agency Tracking Number: 2005-00262
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
325 Water Street, Wilmington, DE, 19804
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bowser
 (302) 999-7996
Business Contact
 John Bowser
Title: President
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Email: john.bowser@compactmembrane.com
Research Institution
Osmotic distillation is an excellent method for highly concentrating thermally sensitive liquids at low temperatures. However, commercial success of this process has been limited due to lack of membrane stability during the processing of economically interesting liquids. We believe that our high flux, non-porous perfluoromembrane is an ideal candidate for OD in that it has high flux rates and will maintain stability by avoiding wet out and membrane fouling. We will use coffee to demonstrate the feasibility of a process that combines cold extraction with osmotic distillation to produce a coffee concentrate that has never seen high temperatures. We expect these cool concentrates to be superior in taste and convenience to conventionally brewed coffee. In so doing, we will introduce to the industry a novel food processing technique that enhances the value of beverage based food products.

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