PROFESSIONAL COFFEE TOOLS for the BARISTA, SPECIALTY ROASTER and COFFEE BEVERAGE EQUIPMENT DESIGNER Best New Product SCAA EXPO 2010 VST CoffeeTools™ allows professional and home users to quickly compute proper brew formulas using any method of brewing coffee or espresso. Used with a coffee refractometer (not included) VST CoffeeTools will apply measurements of brew formula and coffee TDS to compute normalized extraction yield – a crucial metric for ensuring the sweetest coffee and espresso. COFFEE BREWED TO GOLD CUP STANDARDS •Use VST CoffeeTools™ with any VST coffee refractometer to compute brew recipes and measure results to meet internationally accepted Gold Cup standards as practiced by the Specialty Coffee Associations of America (SCAA) and Europe (SCAE), as well as the Norwegian Coffee Association (NCA) and European Coffee Brewing Center (ECBC). COMMUNICATE •Recipes & Measurements can be eMailed and shared with customers, clients and colleagues for quick, detailed communication of all brewing parameters. Full database sorting, import and export is supported. COFFEE MODE •VST CoffeeTools™ for Coffee offers professional baristas and specialty roasters the tools to design, measure, diagnose and refine any brew method to ensure excellence in coffee brewing. •Metric, English (U.S. Custom) or mixed units, and conversions of weights and volume is fully supported. •Compatible with all drip and immersion brewing methods and works with any VST Coffee refractometer displaying % TDS to 0.01% – temperature corrected for coffee. Accuracy recommended: +/- 0.05% or better. •Save, share, import measurements and details, including TDS, Ext Yield, Dose, Brew Formula, CO2, Moisture, Brew Time, Brew Method, Temperature, Pre-Infusion, Grinder/Setting, Roaster, Roast Style, Farm/Farmer, Barista Name/Notes and much more. COFFEE LITE MODE (discontinued) ESPRESSO MODE •VST CoffeeTools™ for Espresso offers professional baristas and specialty roasters the tools to design, measure, diagnose and refine espresso extraction. •Eliminate sour or bitter shot defects by making adjustments to quickly dial in measured Extraction Yield. •Presets for Single, Double or Triple shots as Normale, Lungo or Ristretto can be loaded and custom preset for personal preferences. •Works with any VST Coffee refractometer displaying % TDS to 0.01% or 0.1% – temperature corrected for coffee. Accuracy recommended: +/- 0.1 % TDS or better. •Save, share, import measurements and details, including TDS, Yield, Dose, Brew Formula, Shot Time, Temperature, Pressure, Pre-Infusion, Grinder/Setting, Roaster, Roast Style, Farm/Farmer, Barista Name/Notes and much more. SUGAR MODE • Sugar mode allows beverage industry professionals to measure Sucrose, Glucose, Fructose and Invert Sugars at any temperature from 15-40 Deg C for use in concentrates and related sugar-based beverages. •Simply enter Refractive Index and Temperature from any refractometer to compute and displays all values for Specific Gravity, Density, Total Weight, Mass Fraction and Dry Substance weight. •VST CoffeeTools™ for Sugars is accurate to +/- 0.00003 nD per ICUMSA Tables (1998 & 2000). Final accuracy depends on accuracy of instrument. CORN MODE •CORN mode allows beverage industry professionals to measure High Fructose Corn Syrups HFCS42 and HFCS55 at any temperature from 10-50 Deg C for use in concentrates and related HFCS-based beverages. •Simply enter the Refractive Index and TEMP from any refractometer to compute and displays all values for Specific Gravity, Density, Total Weight, Mass Fraction and Dry Substance weight. •VST CoffeeTools™ for CORN Syrups has been tested against the Corn Refiners Association tables for syrup composition, and is fit to be accurate to better than +/- 0.0001 nD and less than +/- 0.02 % Mass Fraction. Final accuracy depends on accuracy of instrument.
This app does very little beyond allowing you to buy plug-ins that cost significant money.
Coffee mode LRR. Why it cannot be set to zero? I think it could be set to zero.
Convenient and simple to use!
Please update, thanks.
You cna get all this info on-line just google it. App is useless.
This app only includes 'water mode'. If you want any of the other 'modes' (including coffee mode), you'll need to pony up another $30.00.
and continually upgraded to be as accurate AND easy to use as possible. Every specialty coffee shop/roaster should be on the same page as VST.
UPDATED BELOW: The app has a slick interface and works great. I didn't even mind the charge for the module since I paid over $300+ for a refractometer. What irks me is having to shell out another $30 for to use it with my iPhone. The app is really just an iPhone app. While it will run on the iPad, it will not rotate. If I had know that fact I would have purchased the module for my iPhone instead. It will not allow one purchase to run on both machines... so I will be out $60 bucks if I want it on my iPhone. If it wasn't for that fact I would have given it five stars. UPDATE: It just appears that you have to purchase the module twice. If you go ahead and select purchase, the app store states that you already purchased the module (app store logic flaw). Works great and fun to use.
I've used this app for over a year and it's solid - worth the $30 for the coffee mode - for any industry professional! Support from VST is quick and very helpful.
This appeared to be a very interesting app. Once I downloaded it I found it only had water as a liquid to monitor. When I looked into other liquids (e.g. Coffee) I found them to be much more expensive than "free". Including coffee, for example, was $30! It's not like I was cheated (I downloaded a free app after all) but they could have mentioned the prices of the various liquids/drinks in their ad.