Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori
The Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori was established in September 1990. Nowadays it is the most important centre of sensory analysis in Italy, as it connects effectively the research, firms and tasters. Among the associates there are professors of sensory analysis in different universities in Italy and abroad. Moreover the Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori organises the Master in Sensory Analysis in co-operation with the Università Cattolica.
Through its research, the Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori has set up innovative methods that have allowed to apply sensory analysis in a great number of food firms and institutions – e.g. the Truffle National Study Center (Centro Nazionale Studi Tartufo), the Valcalepio Wine Consortium (Consorzio Tutela Valcalepio), the Italian Espresso National Institute (Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano), the Talento Institute (Istituto Talento) and the Italian Pastry Master Academy (Accademia Italiana dei Maestri Pasticceri). In this way the Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori has introduced the sensory certification, which is the best warranty of pleasure for the consumer.
The philosophy of Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori has always focused on the development of the tasting movement. Nowadays the movement counts thousands of members in Italy. Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori has always aimed at increasing the tasting movement by supporting the birth of new associations – e.g. the International Institute of Coffee Tasters (Istituto Internazionale Assaggiatori Caffè), the Beer Academy (Accademia della Birra), the Balsamic Vinegar Italian Tasters (Assaggiatori Italiani Balsamico) – and through an active co-operation with the existing ones.
The Italian Tasters - Centro Studi Assaggiatori also publishes the quarterly magazine L'Assaggio and a series of books focused on grappa, wine, espresso, sensory analysis and other subjects.