SOURCE: VST Inc.

VST Inc.

VST Inc.

April 18, 2012 06:00 ET

VST New Products Announcement

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2012) - VST has released a series of new and updated products in connection with the 24th Annual Exposition of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) being held this week in Portland, Oregon.

New VST LAB Coffee II Refractometer

  • Improved Precision - 3x better than previous generation, +/- 0.02% typical
  • Improved Accuracy - +/- 0.03% typical
  • Longer Battery Life - 2x first generation

VST is now shipping an updated version of the LAB Coffee Refractometer introduced in 2011. Identical in appearance, the new LAB Coffee II sports improved precision (repeatability) and accuracy for both coffee and espresso modes and double the original battery life. The LAB Coffee II Refractometer is a hand held digital refractometer that accurately measures coffee and espresso concentration (strength) and is used to improve coffee beverage quality. Additional applications include its use in the design of coffee brewers and espresso machines. Used in combination with the VST's Universal Brewing Control Chart software MoJoToGo™ or ExtractMoJo™, the VST LABCoffee II Refractometer provides users a complete lab or field deployable coffee and espresso analysis system with laboratory accuracy and precision. VST's software works with any PC or iPhone®, allowing convenient use in your café, lab, cupping room, restaurant or on the road. Full specifications here.

MoJoToGo v1.1 for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®

MoJoToGo is a coffee and espresso beverage preparation App that provides full brewing control chart capabilities, database management of recipes, and instant data sharing via integrated eMail. The App calculates proper brew formulas for all common methods of coffee and espresso extraction. When used together with a coffee refractometer, MoJoToGo calculates and displays extraction yield results that are necessary to adjust and maintain optimum coffee and espresso beverage quality. For coffee beverage design and trouble-shooting in the field, MoJoToGo is a fast and easy to use tool to correct virtually any coffee or espresso brewing protocol for a café, restaurant or specialty coffee program. MoJoToGo won the Best New Product award at the SCAA Expo in 2010. Version 1.1 is a free upgrade and includes a number of updates and new features, including keypad recipe entry for trouble-shooting pre-existing protocols. MoJoToGo v1.1 is expected to post on the Apple iTunes App Store within the next week.

VST 20g Precision Espresso Filter Chosen by Nuova Simonelli for 2012 WBC

VST's new 20g precision filter has been adopted by Nuova Simonelli on the new Aurelia II T3 for the World Barista Championship to be held this June in Vienna, Austria. The result of a collaboration between VST and Nuova Simonelli announced in 2011, the new 20-gram precision filter is available now in both standard (ridged) and ridgeless models. The 20-gram capacity addresses the most commonly used dose in WBC competitions and many specialty cafés. VST's Precision Filter Baskets have been chosen by the world's top roasters, cafés and world barista champions for improved espresso beverage quality and consistency. Available from www.nuovasimonelli.com and Nuova Simonelli distributors.

VST Precision Espresso Filters Selected by Kees van der Westen for new Spirit

VST's precision espresso filters have been selected by Kees van der Westen for the new Spirit line of espresso machines introduced this month by ESPRESSONISTIC WORKS B.V. The Spirit will be on display at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo, May 4th-6th. VST's precision filters offer improved espresso beverage quality and consistency, and are designed for proper extraction yield over a wide range of concentrations. Each VST filter is inspected on a VST Digital Filter Imaging System and warranted for zero defects and to meet or exceed published specifications. Available in 15, 18, 20 and 22-gram capacities and available from www.keesvanderwesten.com or www.vstapps.com

Integrated Universal Refractometer

VST has announced plans for an integrated USB connected universal refractometer that automatically plots data to the Universal Brewing Control Chart or other device(s). Future plans also include Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy) wireless integration to MoJoToGo for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Intended for coffee equipment design, research and development and coffee program development for large scale institutions, the new laboratory-grade universal refractometer is capable of use for virtually any type of beverage process or equipment design application, including in-line applications. Watch VST's website for additional information.

About VST
VST is a product design, development, manufacturing and distribution company specializing in coffee and espresso beverage equipment design, instrumentation, machine vision analysis systems and educational tools and software for the specialty coffee industry. VST's coffee refractometers and iPhone software products have won two SCAA's Best New Product awards and are used in the education and training programs of the SCAA, Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) and Norwegian Coffee Association (NCA) at the European Coffee Brewing Center at Oslo.

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