Furans in Coffee Proficiency Test


Product Specification

Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size



35 g


Furan, 2-Methylfuran, 3-Methylfuran


Please be aware that this proficiency test has a shortened timescale for analysis and return of results.

Test Description

Furans are contaminants found within foodstuffs which have been heated as part of their production processes. Examples include crisps and fries among countless others.
Although present in small numbers within most foodstuffs, such toxic compounds should be continually monitored to highlight any potentially unsafe levels within foodstuffs.  Within coffee, the brewing process results in different levels of Furans present within coffee, as such it is important to employ flexible testing practises, from which to quantify Furans across a relatively wide range of concentrations.

Coffee is consumed all over the world in increasingly large quantities. As such there is great demand, which continues to increase. Producers & manufacturers can struggle to cope with this massive demand, leading to poor production processes. This can increase the risk of potentially high levels of Furans being consumed by the general population, especially as expresso coffee continues to grow in popularity. Expresso coffee incurs the largest Furan concentrations compared to instant and decaf.

To maintain the highly accurate testing processes needed to highlight potentially high levels of contaminants within coffee, proficiency testing activities should be employed. Through this Fapas quality control material, real food matrices are used to give comparable results to your routine analysis measures. This can ensure your analysis measures are fit for purpose across a range of testing conditions.
From these useful results, changes within your testing arrangement can be made quickly and effectively, to improve your overall testing ability, while providing your customers with the best service possible.

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