What is Green Coffee?

What is green coffee? Is it really coffee that is green? Perhaps it’s coffee that is sustainably sourced using methods that help the Earth. 

Once in a while we have customers ask us for green coffee, and we are thrilled to give them some knowledge about what green coffee really is. Believe it or not, green coffee is another way to describe coffee that is not yet roasted. From light to dark, green coffee comes in many different shades of green, and some green coffee beans might not even look that green on first glance.

 Green (unroasted) coffee beans

Green (unroasted) coffee beans

Interestingly, these green coffee beans are actually the seed of the fruit, called the “cherry”, that grows on coffee trees. Just like actual cherries, the “cherry” from the coffee tree is dark red when ripe and light green when unripe. These cherries are quite small and often look like a bunch of grapes. The normal rich, brown color we often associate coffee with is seen after we roast the seeds inside these fleshy fruits. 

 The dark red ones are ripe and the green ones are not.

The dark red ones are ripe and the green ones are not.

Farmers go through tedious amounts of work to grow, maintaining, and pick these coffee cherries. Without them, we wouldn’t be enjoy our favorite non-alcoholic drink that fuels us in the morning.

So, believe it or not, coffee is more than just a drink, or, god forbid an “instant” magical brown powder from a packet or jar that dissolves like Kool-Aid. Coffee was once alive and breathing just like us, and had to go through a long process to turn into what you see inside your cup. 

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