Associated Sensory Terms:

Paper Cups, Old Newspapers, Cardboard, Aged, Flat

GMP Flavour Standard

FlavorActiV GMP Pharmaceutical Quality flavour reference standards can be added to alomst any liquid to impart a real flavour, off-note, or taint that's safe to both smell and taste. The flavour standards are sold individually in packs of 5 capsules, each capsule separately blister packed to provide flavour protection and prolonged shelf life.

Production adheres to strict pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) quality controls. FlavorActiV's dedicated GMP Flavour Centre is certified and regulated by the UK Government’s Medicine Regulatory & Healthcare Product Agency (MHRA) to a standard which far exceed ISO 9001, ISO 17025 or any food grade certification.

Beer Sensory

Cause of Flavour

Papery is formed in stale or aged beer from oxidation - this is dependent on the packaging conditions such as temperature and amount of available oxygen in the product.

This is due to interaction between amino acid precursors created during the wort boil and pH and free radicals imparted by excess oxygen. This creates trans-2-nonenal giving old beer it's papery flat taste.


+ Beer Flavour Wheel Number: 0820
+ Typical concentration - seen 0.1-1 ug/l

Coffee Sensory


The aromatic associated with white paper cups.

FlavorActiV's GMP Flavour Reference Standard Papery has undergone evaluation by the same research team behind the first World Coffee Research Lexicon, and has been approved for inclusion within the latest World Coffee Research Lexicon as a validated coffee flavour reference.

In early 2014, together with two of the coffee industry’s leading organisations, FlavorActiV developed and launched an advanced Calibrating Coffee Sensory Plan to provide cupper training, cupper calibration and coffee tools throughout the coffee supply chain. In 2016 FlavorActiV partnered with World Coffee Research to validate the use of FlavorActiV's GMP Flavour Standards as reference standards within WCR's lexicon. FlavorActiV's Papery is of the 24 validated flavour reference standards.

View all FlavorActiV GMP Coffee Flavour Standards.