Raw coffee is often referred to as green coffee. Put simply, it refers to the unroasted coffee beans harvested from coffee cherry fruits. Here's the lowdown on what it is, and what you can do with it.
Green Coffee Health Claims
Raw coffee beans are known for their weight loss benefits. More often referred to as green coffee in this capacity, the amount of chlorogenic acid in unprocessed coffee is thought to help burn fat and reduce blood pressure. Green coffee contains more caffeine than a cup of fresh brewed coffee, so be mindful about intake if you’re taking medication that may be affected by it.
That said, the studies on the effectiveness of raw coffee is still polarizing. Consulting your primary care physician before making any big changes to your diet is recommended.
What To Do With Green Coffee
Raw coffee can be used as is or can be roasted at home using a personal roasting machine. Interestingly enough, if raw coffee is used as is in a drink, it often tints the mixture a light green color.
Raw coffee beans are also becoming a new trend in the artisan world. As emphasis on the quality, roast, and freshness of coffee becomes more mainstream, the state of the bean itself as well as the freshness of the coffee has become more important.
If you’d like to drink it, raw coffee beans need to be roasted. The great thing about this is that it allows you to customize your brew, though it does require some TLC. In the coming weeks, we’ll go over what you’ll need to roast and brew raw coffee beans, and how to keep it fresh.