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VST New Products Announcement

18 April, 2012    Boston, MA                                     Click here for images and full press release

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

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.

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

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

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. More new features are in the works for release this summer.

New 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.

VST's precision filters are on sale during the SCAA event at discounted prices.

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.

Filter Basket Press

It's been a very busy few weeks in SCAA Houston. Happily we are delighted to see our new filter baskets making it out around the world, and getting a hugely positive response.

The first place to start is probably in Barista Magazine (starting on page 74). If you want to learn about the theory and research behind the baskets this is where to go.

Mark Prince, CoffeeGeek, asks Can These Filters Change The World Of Espresso?

James Hoffman shares his experiences, and goes into significant detail here.

Tim Wendelboe announces a new Espsresso Blend and shares his espresso videos and VST Filter recommendations here.

Mike White says "You can continue using the same espresso baskets you’ve always used, or you can finally get some good ones." We like that.

Dan Yee shares a lot of very nice shots of his set of baskets via flickr.

RM from Ministry Grounds near Sydney Australia shares comments and photos on their excellent blog.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, from regional and world champion baristas, top cafes and specialty roasters from around the world and individual enthusiasts alike. Looking forward to hearing more reports as the new VST Precision Filter Baskets continue to make it out to new users! Below we've posted a few short messages, eMails and tweets.



We have been using these for months. All I can say is GET THEM!–Tim Wendelboe 5 May 2011   WBC World Champion 2004, Nordic Roaster 2008, 2009, 2010  Tim Wendelboe Coffee OSLO

I've had great results with the VST baskets with a fair range (17-19g in the 17g and 19-22g in the 21g). I'm generally keeping the brew ratio the same (brew weight is approx 1.5 that of dose). Brew time is usually 27-29s, using a normal 9 bar profile with flow restricted preinfusion.  Grinding finer than other baskets which generally helps up the extraction yield to high levels of tastiness when dealing with shots that short.–James Hoffmann WBC World Champion 2007, Square Mile Coffee Roasters, LONDON  08 May, 2011

….We’ve done some basic testing of the new VST Precision Filters side by side with Synesso baskets. …. blind tasting has always put the VST ones with the comments, "More clarity of flavours, a lot more even pour and a really even coloured, efficient extraction."  Flavours are less muddied and more definitive … Exact same doses, exact same brew time. They're also cleaning really well. So initial impressions are obviously positive. We do not plan to change our filters back over to the Synesso ones, the VST are here to stay.–Daniel Yee, 11 May, 2011   AIR Roasters, Castle Hill, NSW Australia

I've been using the VST Precision Filter baskets and they seem to be paradigm shifting our extraction protocols. It seems to me that you can pull a 'decent' well balanced shot at a wide range of grind sizes. We're using a Robur E and have decided to deploy them with our strada EP today. We intend to roll out the baskets to our other outlets, and after that we’re going to recommend our trade customers switch to the new VST precision filters (hence my additional purchase)–Keith Loh Singapore National Barista Champion

We've done some blind taste tests here.……three seasoned local baristas and two consumers over three testing sessions. It was a lock for the VST baskets and a serious eye-opener on how important the filter basket is to the brewing process…….And the taste? In a word: improved. In two words: major improvement. In another two words: consistently improved.–Mark Prince 29 April, 2011 Vancouver BC    CoffeeGeek.com

The VST baskets have a feel and look of superior quality, far better than any other baskets I have ever seen (and I do have other microfine machined baskets).  … For my morning's shots I did notice that they tended to build flow VERY uniformly across the face and also that they ran longer without blonding.  … Also, pucks knocked out very easily, cleanly, and whole. …. for the moment I will say that my initial impression is quite positive.  After just a few days with the new baskets I feel like my shots are overall fuller and rounder with smoother edges (i.e. reduced "edginess").–Jon Rosenthal 13-16 May, 2011 Houston, TX   CoffeeGeek.com

The company I work for just received your baskets and after only a few days of making espresso with them I am thoroughly impressed: Better mouth feel, more gradual blonding, higher quality acidity, and more balanced shots.–Benjamin Put

Bought this based on a review at CoffeeGeek.com. Thought that expecting a big difference was a little far fetched; boy was I wrong. This wonderful little basket makes a huge difference. Decided I needed to order the triple basket as well :-)–Telly Stroumbis

The [VST Precision Filter] baskets are wonderful. They make my life easier as they aren't as picky making my efforts less important and giving me more consistency. Using with a LM GS/3.–Dave Howe

MoJoToGo™ wins Best New Product at SCAA Exposition in Anaheim

18 April, 2010

VST received the Best New Product award at the SCAA Exposition in Anaheim for MoJoToGo™ in the Education and Training Category.  On display during the three day event, the largest of its kind in the U.S., both MoJoToGo™ and ExtractMoJo™ were being demonstrated by developer Vince Fedele at booth 2831.  Mr. Fedele also gave a technical presentation on New Approaches to Brew Analysis at the Executive Symposium during the exposition.

See the full list of SCAA Product Awards here.

New VST Refractometers for Coffee, Espresso, et al.....

VST announced today a series of general purpose laboratory and application specific refractometers on its new web site:  mojotogo.us     When paired with one of the several VST APPs, also announced today, users may now use a single refractometer for multiple applications, including but not limited to coffee, espresso, sucrose, glucose, fructose, saline, HFCS, and many other solutions. The applications greatly extend the utility of a simple refractometer, as can be seen here.

VST has also announced today five new APPs for the iPhone®, three of them for Coffee and Espresso, called MoJoToGo™ including a free utility to test and calibrate any refractometer, available here:

VST also announced ExtractMoJo™ v2.0, its' popular Coffee and Espresso analytical application for Windows (including Mac OS X). ExtractMoJo™ is compatible with MoJoToGo™ for the iPhone®, and includes many new features, including the ability to use a single refractometer for both coffee and espresso, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership. Read more.....

Refractometers measure refractive index and temperature at a specific wavelength of light. Many refractometers include a "native" scale that reports nD and temperature, the fundamental measurement mode of any refractometer.  Using MoJoToGo and application specific  scales developed by VST and available form the APPs store, users may now employ dozens or even hundreds of applications using a single refractometer, without the need to purchase multiple instruments. Because the application specific scales can be added, improved, updated and extended, all that is needed is a single instrument of the requisite accuracy and a scale from the APPs store.

About VST

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VST inc has announced a series of new Coffee and Espresso products for the iPhone® iPod® and iPad®.

About MoJoToGo™
MoJoToGo™ includes comprehensive Coffee and Espresso APPs for the professional barista and specialty roaster as well as other beverage industry applications. MoJoToGo™ puts the Science of Coffee in the palm of your Hand. MoJoToGo™ will be available on the Apple iTunes APP Store April 1st. Read more...

About VST
VST inc acquired the ExtractMoJo™ series of products in March, and will be enhancing, supporting and updating the products on its new web site, www.mojotogo.us  Read more...

ExtractMoJo™ won Best New Product at the SCAA Exposition in 2009
ExtractMoJo has been selected by the SCAA and SCAE for use in Training and Education for the Gold Cup and Brewmasters Programs.

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