Coffee Confidential: Green Beans

Not many know it, but most Americans drink beverages every day that contain coffee. Yet it doesn’t taste or smell like a regular cup of Joe.

Green coffee extract is a recent upcoming trend that has sparked a lot of attention in the coffee-drinking community. It allows the recipient to have all the benefits of drinking a cup of coffee without the taste and flavors that come with it.

This method first came into the scene when researchers wanted to find a way to use the medical properties coffee has to offer without drinking cup after cup. They found that keeping the beans in the unroasted form ensures a higher amount of chemical chlorogenic acid.

The high amounts of chlorogenic acid from the beans is used in a variety of medical purposes. A study done at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania followed 16 overweight diabetic adults. These participents were given green coffee extract pills varying in dosage for 12 weeks. At the end of the study they had lost 18 pounds and had more regulated blood sugar. The scientists Joe Vinson, Bryan Burnham, and Mysore Nagendran concluded that the efficacy of green coffee extract in weight loss is plausible.

Diabetes and weightloss are not the only benefits green coffee has to offer. A specific type of extract found in brands such as Naturex and Sveto helps combat high blood pressure in as little as 28 days of treatment.

While no side effects from the extract are confirmed, the supplement does contain caffeine and could cause problems for people who are caffeine intolerant. It is important to use decaffeinated coffee extract if you suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes. If you drink regular extracts, side effects may occur.

Of course there are other ways to enjoy green coffee without taking a pill. In 2011 Starbucks launched their Refresher’s line of beverages. These drinks were all fruit based, but all had green coffee extract in them. It gave their customers an option to still have the benefits of coffee while enjoying different flavors.

Home brewing green coffee extract is always an alternative as well. Any brewing method will work, but for best medical result it is better to use a stove top. Simply coarsely grind the green coffee beans and place them in a pot with triple-filtered water. Let the contents cook for 15 to 20 minutes to allow full brewing. Once the extract is ready, filter them through a strainer. The extract can then be drank as is or can be mixed in your favorite beverage.

As the semester draws to a close, so does the Coffee Confidential. However, the coffee experience doesn’t end with us. With so many different roasts, teas, and methods, your coffee journey has only just begun.

Author: Daniel Gaglio

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