Common Questions Asked About Unroasted Green Coffee Beans

As a coffee roasting company, you’re committed to providing your customers with the freshest, most delicious cup of java, every time. However, if you’re still importing pre-roasted, wholesale beans, you could be doing them a disservice.

There are many benefits to choosing unroasted green coffee beans, instead!  Yet, before you buy them, roast them, and sell the finished product, you have a few unanswered questions. Though the concept is simple and straightforward, it’s understandable to want to dig a little deeper!

Today, we’re sharing a few of the most common inquiries we field about our green coffee beans, as well as our answers. Let’s dive in!

1. How Are Green Coffee Beans Different from Brown Coffee Beans?

Our industry calls raw, unroasted coffee beans “green” because they’re exactly that! They have a green tint and are all-natural.

On their own, they’re undrinkable, but they’re only one step away from your favorite mug. Roasting companies will roast these beans, turning them brown and giving them their distinct flavor and aroma. These are what your barista uses to make your daily latte!

2. How Strong Are Unroasted Green Coffee Beans?

Contrary to popular belief, “strong” coffee doesn’t hinge on the kind of beans you use or the degree you roast them. Rather, it has to do with how much water you mix with the ground coffee beans to make your drink. If you use less water and more coffee, your drink will be strong, and vice versa.

3. How Long Do Green Coffee Beans Last?

As soon as you roast coffee beans, you introduce oxygen into their chemical makeup and begin the oxidation process. Thus, it doesn’t take long before they start to become stale. That’s why we recommend drinking freshly roasted coffee within two weeks or less. However, you can store unroasted green coffee beans for a much longer period of time. Following proper storage techniques, they can last up to one year before roasting and still maintain their freshness!

4. How Should I Store My Beans?

It’s best to keep your green coffee beans cool and dry at room temperature. Also, make sure to avoid direct sunlight. Resist the urge to store them in the refrigerator, as the environment is too moist. At the same time, the freezer is too dry. The general rule is that if you’re comfortable, your beans will be, too!

5. What Are “Peaberry” Coffee Beans?

Coffee plants contain a red or purple fruit often called a “cherry.” This fruit has two seeds that normally split into two “coffee beans” during maturity and processing. However, sometimes the beans do not split. When this happens, they mature into a single, small berry. International coffee markets call this a “peaberry.”

Unique and full of flavor, peaberries are ideal for making single-origin espressos. The Tanzanian peaberry is one of the most common, though some people prefer Bolivian varieties.

6. What Distinguishes the Green Coffee Bean Varieties?

You’ll notice that we offer several different varieties of unroasted coffee beans. While all of them are green, they differ in a few categories, including their origin and grade. Specialty roasters will note that each origin has its own unique flavors and properties. In addition, each responds best to different roasting times and temperatures. To learn more about each of our varieties, you can visit our Coffee Importing Origins page.

7. Which Bean Has the Highest Caffeine Content?

Looking for the cup of coffee that will give your customers the greatest jolt in the morning? This is where caffeine content matters.

Different coffee beans have different levels of caffeine, though the differences are often marginal. For instance, Ethiopian coffee contains 1.13% caffeine, while Tanzanian coffee contains 1.42% and Arabica beans contain 1.5%. As their name implies, Robusta beans contain one of the highest caffeine contents, coming in at a whopping 2.4%!

What about green coffee beans?

All green coffee beans come from the Coffee Arabica plant. They don’t contain high amounts of caffeine and are ideal for those who love to sip coffee in the morning but don’t want to feel jittery for the rest of the day.

Compared to the average cup of roasted coffee, which contains around 100mg of caffeine, a cup of coffee made using green, unroasted beans has only 20mg of caffeine. Pour some up and enjoy a second cup with zero worries!

8. What Are the Specific Health Contents of Green Coffee Beans?

There’s a reason people are now considering green coffee bean extract a superfood! Before they’re roasted, these beans are chocked full of chlorogenic acid. This is a powerful antioxidant that helps your body ward off damage caused by free radicals.

Known to lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and lower your risk of certain diseases, it’s also found in high quantities in artichokes. So, pair your coffee with your veggies for an extra health kick!

Source Your Unroasted Coffee Beans With Us

Ready to import unroasted green coffee beans for your specialty roasting company? We’ve got you covered. As one of the top wholesale coffee suppliers in the country, we’ve made it our mission to visit, study and connect with producers all around the world, bringing you the very best beans on the planet.

With multiple warehouses around the country and a top-notch logistics team behind the scenes, we can deliver your beans on time and with great care. All you have to do is select the variety you want, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Contact us today to learn more and start brewing your best cup!