Urban Foraging: Green Coffee Beans

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by Jill Lightner

These days, the word “green” shows up more frequently as shorthand for “environmentally responsible” than it does as one of its other synonyms. In this case, “green” simply means “unroasted”—and it also means an opportunity for a strange and wonderful home exploration into coffee roasting.

Caffé Vita’s farm-direct Brazilian carom nero di minos is a spicy-sweet bean sold unroasted, so you can experiment in the kitchen—popular roasting machines include hot air popcorn poppers and baking sheets in the oven (cranked to 500 degrees, smoke alarms turned off for a moment), but it’s also possible to purchase a special home roaster. One of the major benefits—aside from being able to control the depth of color—is that green beans have a much longer expiration date than roasted beans, so you can stock up once and roast a day’s worth fresh each morning.

For beans: www.caffevita.com

For home roasting information or roasters: www.breworganic.com

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