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Can You Drink Green Coffee Beans?

December 28, 2009 by Bethany Ramos

Green Coffee Beans

If you are just delving into your coffee journey, then the thought may have crossed your mind about whether or not you can drink coffee beans when they are green and unroasted.

The short answer is no because green coffee beans have a grassy and astringent flavor. If your coffee beans are not roasted, they will taste sour and unpleasant. If you’re hoping to have a lighter cup of Joe, then the best option is to choose a light roast of coffee. This type of coffee will bring out the true characteristics of the beans based on the region that they were grown in. A darker roast will often mask the characteristics of the coffee beans, so that would only be a preferable choice if you like a smoky or dark taste in your Java.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous September 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm

“The short answer is no because green coffee beans have a grassy and astringent flavor.”

I can’t drink it because it doesn’t taste burnt? I lol’d.


Terrie March 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

How exactly then do the people in Egypt make “Saudi coffee” which tastes very different from American coffee, and not just from the cardamon that they add to it? I grew accustomed to the taste when I tutored an Arabic child. My reward was a special coffee served with dates. It was an acquired flavor that I haven’t forgotten 10 years later, but can’t find anywhere in the U.S. I can’t even find a source anywhere on the web.


Anthony I.P. Owen August 10, 2015 at 12:44 pm

‘Green coffee’ is how they drink coffee in Saudi and (I believe) iin The Yemen. It’s incredibly bitter (which I like, but it’s the bitterest thing I’ve ever tasted). It look like motor oil, a sort of green/brown colour and very viscous. It’s served in very small glasses, and when you’ve drunk it it’s like you’ve been plugged into a 240v socket. The only time I’ve drunk it was at a reception at a Saudi embassy, one evening and I couldn’t sleep that night.


john October 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Bethany is a straight reptile


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