Green Coffee is hot right now. We hear it’s got all these superpowers: it’s a beauty aid, a digestive aid; helps you manage weight, stays young, be more relaxed. With such hype, who wouldn’t want to drink green coffee?
The flavor of green coffee can change dramatically over its lifespan, from the moment it is harvested until it is roasted. Even very fresh coffee — with impeccable processing, expeditious exporting, and careful roasting — is several months “old” by the time it hits the grinder.
Since the coffee is changing all throughout this time, it is important for cuppers — especially in the world of coffee buying at origin — to learn how these changes happen and what flavors are associated with them.
What is Green Coffee?
Coffee is a fruit. Green coffee beans are the raw seeds of coffee cherries that have been separated or “processed” and have yet to be roasted. All of a coffee’s taste and flavor potential is held within this green seed. This potential is ultimately unleashed by roasting the green coffee.
From the Coffee Tree to Your Cup
Once the cherries are harvested from coffee trees, they are processed in several ways, depending on the coffee’s origin. Three of the most common approaches to processing are: washed, semi-washed and naturally-processed. The end result of each is that the fruit of the coffee cherry is stripped away, leaving only the green coffee. Each method of processing contributes to the final taste you’ll experience when you drink it. But before it’s enjoyed in a cup of coffee, the beans have to be roasted.
Coffee roasting is the process that brings out the flavors we look for in coffee. During roasting, the beans go through a chemical reaction called the “Maillard reaction” which causes sugar browning, caramelization, and all-around deliciousness. We roast green coffee beans to bring out its aroma, acidity, body, and flavor. Each coffee is roasted to a unique taste profile to highlight these inherent flavor characteristics: that is why roasting is a true craft. Our roasters are skilled at roasting to bring out the potential of each distinctive green coffee.
How Green Coffee Extract Taste like?
Green Coffee Extract is coffee with a twist. Coffee gets its flavor when it is roasted. Because Green Coffee Extract is made with only unroasted, 100% Arabica beans – yes, you read that correctly, unroasted coffee – it doesn’t taste like traditional, roasted coffee. No coffee flavor. I promise. Just a refreshing break from the roasty norm.
Green Coffee Benefits
Green Coffee claims to be rich in health-supporting antioxidants. They’re referring to high levels of naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidants and CGA said to have health supporting properties such as protecting cells from daily damage.
The Green Coffee is made from a blend of unroasted green coffee beans and roasted beans. Their experts were briefed to create something “great tasting, rich in flavor and aroma, with health benefits”.
“Polyphenols are a complex class of naturally occurring components of fruits, vegetables, and beverages made from plants,” said Gary Williamson, Professor of Functional Food, School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds and a world-leading expert in polyphenol science,
“Many polyphenols are well absorbed by the body and help maintain the body’s defenses against aging processes such as free radical damage.”
With Green Coffees, it is essential that you follow the brewing instructions carefully. If you brew Green Coffee incorrectly they will either turn out bitter or watery. A properly brewed cup of Green Coffee should have a touch of thickness in the broth and have almost no bitterness.