For years, Puratos has been conducting in-depth research into how people around the world experience the taste of finished goods, particularly bread. To collect greater insights in bread flavour and fermentation, we opened the Center for Bread Flavour.
Based in Saint Vith, Belgium, the Center for Bread Flavour combines our expertise in taste, flavour, fermentation and bread pairing to show how flavour influences the taste and texture of bread.
Nothing demonstrates our commitment to bread making more than the Puratos Sourdough Library. Set within the Center for Bread Flavour, the Sourdough Library aims to safeguard the sourdough biodiversity and preserve the sourdough heritage and baking knowledge, and is the first of its kind in the world.
The idea is simple but important. If a baker wants to safely store a sample of sourdough, they can bring it to the library where we will analyse the contents and identify its precise composition and ingredients. Safe in the library, the sample can then be kept alive and maintained for years to come.
We are pleased to say that the library is now home to a unique collection of sourdoughs from bakers across the globe and has contributed to the identification of more than 700 types of yeast and more than 1.500 varieties of lactic acid bacteria.
If you would like to learn more about the Center for Bread Flavour or help grow the taste heritage of the world please visit our Contacts page.