Who drinks green coffee!? Really?? Well, many people do because of the amazing health benefits of green coffee. Such as improving insulin sensitivity, lowering blood pressure, treating cholesterol levels, and more.
In that case, how to make green coffee to drink at home? We’ll get to the very simple steps involved in the process of preparing the most gratifying green coffee recipe.
The sad part is that green coffee, for real, is almost impossible to find at local coffee shops and supermarkets because only a few carry it.
However, the scene is now changing, albeit slowly. More and more coffee enthusiasts want to know how to drink green coffee with milk or without milk. And I’d say it’s all because of the numerous benefits associated with it, which include weight loss by the way.
Table of Contents
- Green Coffee – What It Is and What It Tastes Like
- How to Make Green Coffee (Taste Good)? 5 Easy Steps!
- Consuming Green Coffee
- The Dark Side of Green Coffee
- Green Coffee Is Indeed Different and That’s the Best Part!
Green Coffee – What It Is and What It Tastes Like
Green coffee beans or just plain, raw coffee beans before they’re roasted!
When coffee beans are picked and then processed, they’re green. That familiar brown coffee color takes form during the process of roasting those beans, did you know that? Coffee cherries containing the beans are actually yellow or red in color.
You may have heard of green coffee extract as an effective weight loss supplement? And this green coffee extract, as you can guess, is derived from raw, unroasted coffee beans of course.
Moreover, green coffee extract goes through the all-natural Swiss Water decaffeinating process.
So now you know that green coffee is just plain, raw, unroasted coffee beans?
Moving on to what does green coffee taste like? The flavor of green coffee, and this is kind of very obvious, is nothing like that of your traditional brew. The latter’s flavor AND aroma actually originate through the process of roasting. This means that green coffee tastes or looks nothing like normal, conventional coffee.
So what’s the taste like? Its flavor is lighter in comparison to regular coffee and also milder. And when prepared the right way (just follow the green coffee recipe instructions discussed below), green coffee has some thickness. Many use the term ‘grassy’ to describe its taste, much like herbal or green tea but not exactly like that.
Also, compared to normal coffee, green coffee is more acidic. Because, of course, the chemical characteristics (including the health benefits) of both are not the same since the latter is not subjected to the process of roasting.
Related: Best Low Acid Coffee Brands
How to Make Green Coffee (Taste Good)? 5 Easy Steps!
Green coffee is a herbal, fragrant beverage, and here’s how you can prepare this beverage the most easily and quickly.
You’ll need filtered water and the best whole, raw green coffee beans. Apart from that, a saucepan, mason jar, cloth/paper/metal filter, and electric or gas stove.
Now simply follow along…
Step #1 – Soaking the Green Coffee Beans
Soak them overnight.
As to how many green coffee beans should you take, a single tablespoon for one cup water. Don’t be alarmed if the water starts to become green instantly. Just let those green coffee beans soak in there, and don’t forget to cover it up.
Step #2 – Boiling the Beans
Into the saucepan or pot go the green coffee beans and the water they were soaking in. Let the liquid boil and then reduce the heat. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
Step #3 – Cooling the Beans
Allow this green, fragrant liquid to cool down by turning the heat off.
Step #4 – Filtering the Beans
Once completely cool, it’s time to pour the green coffee into your cup or mug through the filter (the filter can be paper, metal, or cloth). Although which filter you use is going to slightly affect the flavor of the coffee. But please don’t skip filtering your green coffee because this will catch not just the beans but also their outer skin and chaff (formed during boiling).
Step #5 – Personalizing Your Freshly Prepared Green Coffee
What this process gives you is a very concentrated version of green coffee, right? So you can just add some water to dilute the coffee, along with sugar or honey.
And now simply enjoy every sip of your earthy beverage! You can store the remaining green coffee in the fridge, placed in an airtight bottle or container.
Consuming Green Coffee
Green coffee or its extract comes in four different forms – whole beans, powdered, ground, and in capsules. Coffee shops like Starbucks sell green coffee by the cup as well. But, in this case, which coffee beans are used and how the coffee is made determine the quality, flavor, and taste.
Dietary supplements are either green coffee capsules or powdered version. You can swallow the capsules while powdered green coffee is had with water or any other beverage you prefer.
As for whole beans, you have to soak these overnight (step-by-step instructions already discussed above). While the ground version (medium-fine grind size) requires no soaking, simply just steep those green coffee grounds in hot water (it should not be boiling water but still very hot) for about 10 minutes or so. Strain the whole thing and then drink.
The Dark Side of Green Coffee
Everything has a dark side, a shadow-self if you may. Even the green stuff!
In the case of green coffee, this dark side takes the form of high levels of caffeine. After all, the process of roasting slowly reduces the caffeine percentage naturally present in coffee beans.
Hence, coffee drinkers choose dark roast coffee with their Keurig machines for its least amount of caffeine, among many other reasons of course. On the other hand, this means that light roasts are highly caffeinated.
Therefore, the longer the roasting process, the lower the level of caffeine in the coffee beans. By that logic, raw, plain i.e. green coffee beans, since they don’t go through any roasting, contain more caffeine than light roasts and much more caffeine than dark roasts.
And no doubt, caffeine content is quite a well-known side effect of coffee. Too much of it leads to problems like anxiety, dehydration, insomnia, headaches, restlessness, and more. Although ‘too much’ implies more than 3-4 cups a day, and on a regular basis.
Green Coffee Is Indeed Different and That’s the Best Part!
Did you know that chlorogenic acid (mainly found in blueberries, eggplants, and tomatoes) is a part of coffee beans too? And you get high levels of chlorogenic acid – the best for lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Its powerful antioxidant properties are definitely very healthful for the body.
But why am I telling you this? Because green coffee, since these beans are not roasted, retains the highest level of chlorogenic acid. Roasting does indeed reduce those levels significantly. No wonder green coffee is better for your health than its roasted counterpart.
And now you know how to prepare green coffee using whole beans or ground coffee!