If you’re a coffee lover like myself, there’s a good chance that you’ve tried coffee flavored ice cream, coffee-based candies, and other coffee-themed foods.
The question is, have you ever actually tried eating your coffee beans? Well, I am here to tell you that not only can you eat coffee beans but there’s some good evidence to show that you might just want to give it a try.
Can you eat coffee beans?
You can safely eat roasted coffee beans and some types of green coffee beans as long as you do it right.
You probably already know this if you’ve ever seen chocolate covered coffee beans on the shelves of a coffee shop or grocery store.
Within these tasty chocolates are whole roasted coffee beans, usually of the Arabica variety.
Coffee beans are entirely edible and can actually be pretty darn good for you.
How to consume your coffee beans and why to consume them is probably what you really want to know. Below, we will get into that.
The 3 Best Ways to Eat Coffee Beans
While you could technically put ground coffee beans into any food, eating them whole will give you the most noticeable benefits. Here are three ways that you can eat coffee beans.
1. As Green (Raw) Seeds
Eating green coffee beans will give you plenty of health benefits.
If you want to try green coffee beans, you’ll want to get them fresh and eat them like you would any other seed.
Have you ever tried pumpkin seeds?
You can season and cook green coffee beans in a similar way.
This isn’t my favorite option, as green coffee beans are pretty tough to chew and really acidic.
You may want to try grinding them down and blending them in a health shake.
There’s also a kind of “coffee flour” that you may want to try. It’s rich in potassium, protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
You can use it to bake with or mix it into other foods to get the benefits of green coffee beans without the intense flavor.
So, for the most antioxidants and fiber benefits, green coffee beans are best, though they are the hardest to prepare.
2. Arabica Roasted Coffee Beans
If you are eating coffee beans to help out with your energy levels, fiber intake, and weight management, you’ll probably want to go for whole lightly roasted Arabica beans.
These beans have the sweetest and most mild flavor and contain plenty of helpful nutrients.
They’ll give you a great caffeine boost and help you feel fuller for longer. You can eat Arabica beans plain or with other foods.
Chocolate covered roasted Arabica coffee beans are my favorite way to eat roasted beans.
You can buy chocolate covered coffee beans from my link above, at the grocery store, and at some specialty coffee shops.
You may lose some antioxidant properties, but you’ll still be getting more concentrated health compounds than you would by brewing your beans into coffee.
However, if you’re trying to watch your weight, chocolate covered beans may not be the best option.
Chocolate can have a lot of sugar in it, after all. If you are watching your figure and still want to eat chocolate covered coffee beans, opt for dark chocolate.
It has been shown to have appetite suppressant qualities and many health benefits on its own.
3. Try Kona Bean Recipes with Coffee Cherries
Coffee is actually a superfood. Not just the beans, but the cherries as well.
Coffee cherries are the ripe red fruit that the coffee bean seed comes out of. Recently in Hawaii, the Kona coffee bean is becoming popular as a food source.
Many companies are now using the whole coffee fruit including the cherries to craft beverages, foods, and flours.
I liked this coffee cherry fruit tea (tea made with dried coffee cherries), and it makes for an interesting conversation.
You can eat coffee beans…
- Whole, plain, and organic
- Covered in chocolate
- Roasted or in their green seed form
- Ground as coffee flour
- Mixed into a protein shake
- With the coffee cherry skins included
- In snack fom as lightly roasted Arabica beans
Is eating coffee beans good for you?
Coffee beans are loaded with nutrients and compounds that can elevate your mood and improve your physical well being.
The caffeine found in these beans can give you a quick energy boost and fiber and antioxidants are great for your digestive system and immune health.
When drunk in coffee, these beans can give you traces of these elements. However, when eaten whole, coffee beans have even more to offer you.
Some of the most highly acclaimed health benefits of coffee beans stem from the antioxidants that they contain.
Chlorogenic acids and phenolic acid compounds are found abundantly in coffee beans. These compounds have been proven to have a positive effect on your health.
Antioxidant benefits include improved cardiovascular health and inflammation reduction. There’s also a good bit of evidence to support circulatory system health benefits that can lead to anti-aging support.
How much antioxidants do coffee beans contain?
Green Arabica coffee beans may contain as much as 150 mg of antioxidants per gram.
That’s almost double what you’d be able to find in green tea. However, when you brew your beans into coffee, many of these benefits are lost.
You’ll still get antioxidants in your cup, but not in as much of a concentrated form. For more about what antioxidant are and what they do, click here.
Everybody knows that fiber is good for them. Fiber helps to clean out your digestive tract and can help everything run smoother in your body.
Fiber also helps you feel fuller without giving you any extra calories.
This is ideal if you’re trying to manage your weight. In today’s world of simple sugars and carbohydrates, it can be difficult to meet your daily fiber goals.
How much fiber do coffee beans contain?
Coffee beans are very high in fiber and merely 4 grams of coffee beans can give you 12 percent of your recommended daily fiber intake.
A brewed cup of coffee doesn’t contain any fiber.
When you consume natural caffeine in safe amounts, it can actually be pretty good for you.
Caffeine improves your circulation and can reduce inflammation. It also has been shown to support better memory, cognitive function, concentration, help prevent type 2 diabetes, and improve your mood.
Let’s not forget that caffeine is also great for reducing fatigue and giving you a fast energy boost.
While many people may vilify caffeine, it’s actually not bad for you if you’re getting it the right way.
Caffeine is produced naturally in the coffee bean roasting process through the production of an oil called caffeol.
Caffeol is created when the beans reach about 200 °C (392 °F) in temperature. When you eat whole coffee beans, the caffeine in them is better absorbed through the membranes in your mouth.
This means that eating coffee beans will give you more caffeine than if you grind and brew them into caffeinated coffee.
Should beans be cooked first?
Coffee beans are actually the seed of the Coffea plant. So technically, you can eat them raw.
However, green coffee beans don’t taste that good and are pretty hard to chew.
Roasted coffee beans, however, are easily ground down and eaten.
Whether you want to eat roasted or raw green coffee beans will depend on the health benefits you want to get. Green coffee beans have more antioxidants.
Roasted beans contain more caffeine. If you want to get the best of both worlds, you would want to eat roasted Arabica beans.
These will give you the best flavor with the most benefits. Robusta beans are a lot more bitter, though they do tend to contain more caffeine.
Is eating roasted beans bad for your teeth?
Technically, eating anything can be bad for your teeth. Coffee beans are no worse for your teeth than sunflower seeds.
Actually, hard foods that are digestible and can be chewed can help to remove plaque from your teeth, so one might argue that coffee beans are sort of good for your teeth.
Here’s the deal: If you are eating coffee beans, chew them thoroughly and don’t hurt yourself.
Also, green coffee beans can be fairly high in acid. Acid is always bad for your teeth, so brush regularly like you already are probably doing.
Two times a day should suffice, though many dentists recommend brushing three times a day anyway.
Green coffee beans have less acid than pineapple. So, eating coffee beans isn’t any worse for your teeth than eating pineapple or sunflower seeds.
I have to say, coffee beans can give you some interesting breath, so you may want to brush about 15 minutes to half of an hour after eating coffee beans. This way, your co-workers won’t run away from you.
Is eating coffee beans bad for your teeth?
Coffee beans aren’t any worse for your teeth than any other food. You should always brush your teeth after eating any slightly acidic.
Keep in mind that fresh coffee beans can give you “coffee breath” so you may want to brush your teeth anyway.
Is eating coffee beans an effective way to lose weight?
Yes, eating coffee beans in small amounts regularly can help promote weight loss.
In fact, the word coffee actually derives from the ancient Arabic word, qahwah from the verb qahiya, which means “to lack hunger.”
Caffeine is a natural appetite suppressant. The fiber in coffee beans can make you feel full.
Combined, you have an easy way to keep your appetite at bay.
Plus, the energy boost that you can get from coffee may help you get moving more. Physical activity is an important part of sustainable weight loss.
What’s the difference between eating beans whole and drinking coffee?
If you aren’t interested in eating coffee beans and just want to go on drinking your coffee the regular way, that’s okay too.
Coffee as a liquid has a lot of the same properties and benefits that coffee beans offer.
You just won’t get the fiber or the large quantities of these compounds as efficiently. You also won’t get the concentrated caffeine and health benefits.
Basically, coffee beans offer everything that coffee does, they just give you more in a more efficient way. Coffee beans give are a nutrient-rich superfood in a tiny little package.
Still, many people don’t like the taste and the texture of coffee beans.
The best way to combat this is to combine them with other foods or hide them by using a coffee flour or by putting whole ground green coffee beans into your morning protein shake.
In conclusion, coffee beans have a lot to offer as a whole superfood. They are loaded with minerals, lipids, oils, fiber, caffeine, and antioxidants.
They’re a lot healthier than most people realize and can be safely eaten whole. You can eat green unroasted coffee beans like seeds or roasted Arabica beans if you want to get more caffeine.
Coffee beans can also help you lose weight more efficiently.
For that reason, I definitely recommend giving coffee beans a try as a snack or as a way to give your health regime a boost.
So there you have it! Coffee beans are a great snack and they can be very healthy for you.
Do you have any coffee bean recipes that you’d like to share?
Have you ever tried baking with coffee flour?
What are the best ways to eat coffee beans and what are some of the worst? Please feel free to leave your comments and feedback!