Head of Research & Scientific Coordination, illycaffè
Luciano Navarini is the Head of Research & Scientific Coordination at illycaffè S.p.A. a leading Italian coffee roasting company. He graduated in Chemistry at the University of Trieste (Italy) and he collaborated with several industrial R&D Depts. (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food sector) and national and international Research institutions.
He spent two years as an Associate Expert in Chemistry at the International Centre for High Science and Technology of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He is active in several Research fields including food and coffee chemistry, carbohydrates, polysaccharides and biopolymers, food foams & emulsions, physicochemical characterization and sensory perception.
Dr Navarini is co-inventor of more than 10 industrial patents and author of more than 80 scientific papers published on international peer-reviewed Journals. He has participated as spokesman or invited speaker to several national and international Conferences and Congresses. Luciano Navarini is Board member of ASIC (International Association for Coffee Science), member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the World Coffee Research and Full Professor at University Master – I and II level- on “Coffee Economics and Science Ernesto Illy” classes on “Coffee Characterization” – Collaboration between University of Udine, University of Trieste, International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste) and Illycaffè S.p.A.
From its invention in 1933, the functioning of the moka stove-top coffee maker, often misnamed mocha, moca or stove-top espresso, has never been the subject of detailed analysis and frequently it has been given for granted. Only very recently the moka coffee maker, very popular in southern Europe countries, attracted the researchers’ attention and its thermofluidodynamics has been investigated.
The result of these recent studies and the application of modelling and optimization led to the innovative Pulcina coffee maker launched during the EXPO Milan 2015 by Alessi in collaboration with illycaffè. The project and its development will be presented from a technical perspective.