Green Coffee Beans

We are happy to supply green raw coffee beans for the home coffee roaster

What are the best green coffee beans to start roasting at home?

What are the best green coffee beans to start roasting at home? We suggest the best coffee beans to use when starting roasting is probably washed Colombian beans. Most coffees that come out of Colombia are washed.

Why use a washed green bean if you start roasting coffee beans at home?

Washed green beans are a little more forgiving and can take a little abuse and still create a coffee that is drinkable! The Colombian green coffee beans are especially good for this and will reward you with something quite special once you have nailed your technique. They also have a lot to offer in terms of what you will get out of them. You can get a bright fruity coffee and a dark chocolate taste profile all from the same bean.

So if you’re new to roasting green beans at home, start by ordering some quality Colombian green beans and have fun trying different roast profiles. We suggest you start by dropping them just before the second crack. Then try dropping your beans towards the end of the first crack. There is far more to profiling coffee roasting but this is a good starting point.

TIP, try your coffee just after roasting and again in 3 or 4 days. In general, roasted coffee tastes better after a few days and will keep changing up to 24 days after.

Let us know how you get on…

What are green coffee beans?

Green coffee beans are coffee in its raw state. There are usually two coffee beans to every coffee cherry with the exception of peaberry beans which only have 1 green coffee bean per coffee cherry. The green bean is essentially the nut or stone of the coffee cherry. The coffees once picked are processed by different methods the main ones in very broad terms are:

  • Naturally processed beans are allowed to dry unaffectedly – usually in the sun – before removing the outer mucus of the coffee bean.
  • A washed green coffee bean is fermented slowing the outer coffee skin to become soft and then removed using a washing process.
  • Honeyed or semi-washed which is somewhere in between natural coffee and washed coffee.
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