A cup coffee is probably your go-to drink when you have to remain alert on a lazy work day or pull an all-nighter. But we usually get trapped between the never-ending combat of benefits and side effects of drinking coffee due to the excessive amount of caffeine it contains. What if we were to switch to a better version of it? Just like to green tea, green coffee is considered to be good for our health.
Green coffee beans are the seeds of the Coffea Arabica fruit that are not roasted, unlike a regular coffee. During the roasting process of coffee beans, a natural antioxidant called CGA present in the beans is lost. The CGA is meant to fight many health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, indigestion, and even weight management. Therefore, green coffee beans with an original amount of CGA are considered to be healthier. According to Macrobiotic Nutritionist, “It is best to consume green coffee is you want to lose weight and it is recommended to drink it as the first thing in the morning. This helps in increasing your metabolism and burning more fat through the day.
What are Green Coffee Beans?
In order to grind a bean and use it to brew coffee, coffee producers must first roast a bean in a coffee roaster. This process gives coffee its rich and toasty taste. Green coffee beans, on the other hand, are unroasted. As such, they are quite hard and very difficult to grind. They are also bitterer in taste than roasted beans are. They do, however, retain many of the benefits that roasted beans lose during the roasting process. Extracting the essence from these beans gives you a drink or supplement that can work effectively as a weight management supplement and also as an energizer.
- Always use the best quality coffee beans to get the best taste. You can also use the one grown by organic farming to get rid of the harmful effects of pesticides.
- If you are allergic to coffee or have any tolerance issues then consult your medical practitioner before consuming this drink.
Brewing the Green Coffee Beans
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- Green Coffee Beans (Arabica or similar) 20 g
- Hot water 300 ml or 2 cups
- Optional – honey or sugar
Preparing Coffee using Green Coffee Bean Powder
- Grind the green coffee beans in a grinder to get the fine or coarse powder depending on your liking and the available appliance. Green coffee beans are unroasted beans, hence they are very hard to grind. You will require heavy duty grinder for the same.
- Divide this powder into two cups and pour hot water. Water should be hot but not boiling (about 90°C).
- Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes and then strain the mixture through a fine sieve to get your drink ready to sip.
- You can add sugar or honey to this if required but for those looking for the health benefits; it is recommended to have it plain.
Preparing Coffee using whole Green Coffee Beans
- Preparing coffee from whole beans is a time-consuming method, hence you may prepare this coffee in large batches. Soak the beans overnight in water. You may increase the quantity of water in the same proportion as the beans.
- Boil the mixture of soaked beans and water on high flame. After one boil, simmer the mixture on low flame for 15 minutes. Give an occasional stir.
- Cool the mixture completely before sieving it to remove beans from the mixture.
- The concoction you are now having is concentrated and strong to be consumed directly. You may add filtered or distilled water to dilute the concoction as required.
- If you have prepared this in larger batch then you can store the rest in the refrigerator to be used within 3 days.
- Add cardamom or other additives to bring more taste to this health drink.
Whatever method you use to prepare the green coffee, make sure you take one cup after each meal for best results.