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International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 840528, 6 pages
Research Article

Chemometric Characterization of Alembic and Industrial Sugar Cane Spirits from Cape Verde and Ceará, Brazil

1Departamento de Química Analítica e Físico-Química, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici, Fortaleza, Ce, Brazil
2Departamento de Hidráulica e Engenharia Ambiental, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici, Fortaleza, Ce, Brazil
3Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia (IFCE), Campus Acaraú, Ceará, Brazil

Received 13 June 2012; Accepted 22 August 2012

Academic Editor: Richard G. Brereton

Copyright © 2012 Regina F. R. Pereira et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sugar cane spirits are some of the most popular alcoholic beverages consumed in Cape Verde. The sugar cane spirit industry in Cape Verde is based mainly on archaic practices that operate without supervision and without efficient control of the production process. The objective of this work was to evaluate samples of industrial and alembic sugar cane spirits from Cape Verde and Ceará, Brazil using principal component analysis. Thirty-two samples of spirits were analyzed, twenty from regions of the islands of Cape Verde and twelve from Ceará, Brazil. Of the samples obtained from Ceará, Brazil seven are alembic and five are industrial spirits. The components analyzed in these studies included the following: volatile organic compounds (n-propanol, isobutanol, isoamylic, higher alcohols, alcoholic grade, acetaldehyde, acetic acid, acetate); copper; and sulfates.