Green Coffee is exactly what you imagine: a stimulating hot drink made from raw coffee beans. Before we delve into the process of brewing green coffee, it’s worth mentioning that despite rumors such as ‘Green Coffee helps weight loss’, there are actual, real benefits to drinking more-or-less raw coffee. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the resulting beverage will most assuredly not taste like regular coffee. So, with an open and curious mind, let’s get into the process of preparing green coffee.
Ground bean green coffee
Brewing green coffee can be done with either ground or whole raw coffee beans. Using ground beans is a significantly shorter process than brewing with whole beans. Whether you choose to grind the beans coarsely or finely is mostly a matter of preference; the coarser variant will require a sieve, whereas the finer grind will need to be filtered after brewing. Do not grind more coffee beans than you will use in one or two days because they will oxidize at a rapid pace and that will result in a significant loss of flavor.
If you do not own any sort of appliance that can be used for grinding, you can get away with crushing the beans by hand. However, coffee beans are deceptively tough and will yield you a coarse, irregular product, unless of course your physical strength is unmatched in the realm and crushing coffee beans with your bare hands is child’s play to you.
All you’ll need next is some hot water, preferably below boiling point, and after letting it settle for a few minutes (5-10 depending on the amount of water) feel free to sieve or filter the drink into a cup. Serve it as it is, or with sugar or honey to taste. Remember, using too little water will result in a stronger beverage than desired; in such cases, simply let it cool down to room temperature and add more water.
Whole bean green coffee
Although boiling is required in order to make the whole bean variant of green coffee, the process may remind you of the preparation of cold-brew coffee.
The first step is to leave the beans to soak in water, preferably in a fridge because the cold helps the beans relax and fatten up. We recommend at least 6 hours for this process, so for practicality’s sake, feel free to let the beans soak overnight. Don’t worry about an upper time limit since the beans can only take in so much water. You may soak enough beans for several days’ worth of green coffee since, unlike ground beans, whole beans have a significantly longer storage life.
Once you’ve got yourself some nice juicy beans, it’s time to boil them. You can either do so in the water they’ve stayed in, or drain and use fresh water instead. No beneficial substance will escape the bean during soaking so the choice is all yours. Remember it is crucial to not let the water boil for long! We recommend you bring the water to boiling point (i.e. 100°C/212°F) then leaving the coffee to simmer at a lower temperature, the optimal point for infusion being around 80°C or 176°F.
Before you filter or sieve the yielded product, we advise you let it cool off and settle for about 60 minutes, depending on room temperature. The resulting beverage should be ready to serve as it is or with sweeteners.
The resulting green coffee will taste more like green tea, or a type of herbal tea, so make sure to keep all your regular taste makers, even milk or cream, close at hand. That being said, if you live for the taste of regular coffee or you just love the smell of roasted beans, there are alternatives if you still want the health benefits of green coffee! You can create or buy blends of roasted and raw beans, with different ratios according to your taste. You can also play a wild card and brew two separate batches of regular and green coffee then mix them together several times in various ways for a winner combo.
If you wish to conduct your own coffee experiments, make sure to read more about the different recipes and types of coffee on Goffee.