What are Green Coffee Beans?

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Green Coffee Beans

Green coffee beans are simply beans that were not roasted to become the chocolaty-brown ones we traditionally refer to as coffee. It’s coffee in its most natural form, the beans harvested from coffee bushes. 

Something we don’t use to make the dark brew with its inviting aroma that, for most people, marks the beginning of a new day.

Nevertheless, the number of green coffee drinkers is steadily growing as more and more people understand the health benefits of the humble non-roasted beans.

What are the health benefits of green coffee?

Green coffee has become the latest health fad because fresh non-roasted beans are rich in chlorogenic acid. Now, all coffee beans contain some chlorogenic acid, but the quantity is greatly reduced during the roasting process. The higher the roasting temperature, the lower the quantity of chlorogenic acid.

Chlorogenic acid is a powerful antioxidant, which reduces the risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Most of the recent converts to the cult of green coffee are, however, interested in its weight-loss properties as it increases metabolism and helps burn fat. 

This is achieved by inhibiting the release of excessive glucose in the bloodstream. Deprived of glucose, the body starts burning fat (yes, including belly fat) to reach its basic glucose level.

Green coffee also protects the liver, getting rid of toxins, and fights bad cholesterol.

How do you make green coffee?

While it is technically coffee, what you obtain from green beans is more aptly called a beverage, which looks more like weak tea than coffee.

The ingredients needed for two servings are 20 grams (0.7 oz) of green coffee beans and 300 ml (10 fl oz) of water. You can add sugar, honey, or a pinch of ground cinnamon.

If you use green coffee powder

  • Put the powder in two regular cups
  • Pour hot water, not boiling water. (90 degrees Celsius / 194 F)
  • Let is rest for about ten minutes, then filter
  • Sweeten or flavor, as preferred

If you use green coffee beans

  • Let the beans to soak overnight in a bowl of water
  • The next morning, bring them to boil in the same water
  • Let them simmer for another 15 minutes over a low flame
  • Let the beverage cool down, filter, and… drink

Tip #1  If you buy green coffee beans and want to make a powder out of them, make sure you have a heavy-duty grinder, as, in their fresh form, the beans are way harder than roasted ones.

Tip #2  If you find that the beverage has a taste that is too strong for your liking, add a bit of warm water to your cup.

What is the best time to drink green coffee?

It is recommended to drink green coffee first thing in the morning. See how you feel and then you can try drinking a cup before every meal.

Do not drink green coffee after a meal as it defeats the purpose. Green coffee is meant to suppress the appetite, so drinking a cup after a hearty meal would be pointless.

If you’re drinking green coffee to lose weight, you’d better not use any form of sweetener, as they only add calories. You can safely use flavoring, cinnamon, or ginger.

You can drink three to five cups a day, but you might not want to drink green coffee in the evening as it might cause insomnia.

Although it doesn’t really count as coffee, green coffee is growing in popularity. You can safely try it as part of your weight-loss program and enjoy all the health benefits of the antioxidants it contains.

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