Unroasted Green Coffee beans are available for anyone who wants to roast their own coffee at home. Our 100% Arabica green coffees are the same beans that we use to roast and blend our premium quality coffees. Ordered multiple times per year to keep a fresh batch, they're hand-picked to deliver consistent, high-quality flavour from batch-to-batch.
Note to returning customers: You may notice we've added pictures of the actual green coffees - while the subtleties and variations are interesting to look at, the pictures have no relation whatsoever to the flavour and cost of the coffee. You should always decide your coffee based on flavour and the adventure of trying something new.
Buy the individual pounds of unroasted coffee, or in bulk for discounts! See individual product pages for more details. Green Beans last months when properly stored in a cool, dark, dry area - letting you go through your order at your leisure. Whether you're a seasoned DIY-roaster or just discovering coffee roasting, we've got a great variety of beans available. Multiple pounds of a single origin are combined into a single bag - different origins are never combined.
Not 100% sure if you're getting the right flavour from you roasting? We also have fresh roasted coffee beans for you to try and compare your roasts to.
See the How to Create an Espresso Blend.
Need a bag to store coffee in and share with friends/family? Check out our 8-oz white tin-tie bags or 16-oz kraft tin tie bags!
We import literally tens of thousands of pounds of green coffee on a quarterly basis. Unlike roasted coffee beans which only stays fresh for a couple weeks, green beans stay fresh for months. This frequent, high volume purchasing keeps our stock of green coffee fresh and in high availability.
Green Coffee refers to coffee beans before they are roasted. All coffee beans start out green (or green-ish, sometimes they can be lighter hues of green or even yellow or grey-ish) when harvested and imported, and are then roasted. While we don't supply a guide on roasting green beans, we're happy to supply small quantities to Canadians who would like to try their hand at home-roasting their own coffee. Home roasting carries a number of potential health risks (smoke inhalation) as well as safety risks (electrical, fire) which you undertake at your own discretion.
We do not recommend, condone or in any way endorse consuming green coffee beans without first roasting to an internal temperature sufficient to kill bacteria and and other organic matter. Our screening and cleaning is done during the roasting process - green coffee is only minimally screened. May contain inorganic content such as stones and potentially fragments of processing equipment.
About Roasted Coffee
Depending on the origin of the green coffee beans, they can have a specific roasting profile - meaning that they are optimally suited for either a light, medium or dark roast. The famed Blue Mountain coffee beans for example, are best roasted medium, not dark. If you're just starting out, we recommend some popular and less-expensive coffees like the Brazil Santos or Colombian Supremo.
When you order any one of the dozens of different origins/blends offered, it's roasted to your preference (medium, dark or espresso) immediately after your order is processed. You get the best freshly roasted coffee that hasn't been sitting on shelves for weeks or months, and is at the peak of it's flavour. Roasting a coffee to the point of espresso can also be very tricky without imparting a burnt/charcoal taste, which is why we have custom espresso blends that retain a lot of the flavour, without tasting burnt.
Unroasted Coffee Storage
Unlike roasted coffee, unroasted green coffee will last for months, only gradually losing flavour. You'll want to buy in large enough quantities to get the best possible price, but we typically recommend keeping no more than 6 months of inventory on hand, and certainly less than 12. Our own inventory turns over approximately every 3 months. Green coffee does not need to be stored in 1-way valve bags, kraft will do fine, but it should be kept away from heat, moisture and sunlight to extend shelf life.
Green Coffee Extract
Green Coffee Extract has become popular recently due to research on it's ability to assist in weightloss, and recommendations on the Dr. Oz show. While not the miracle supplement it's being hyped to be, it can help to curb your appetite because of the caffeine and chlorogenic acid. As with all diets, you will need to restrict your caloric intake to see any sort of effect.
We do not have any plans to bring in green coffee extract.
What is Chlorogenic Acid?
Chlorogenic Acid is the chemical found in green coffee that gives it most of it's purported weight-loss effects. According to research, Chlorogenic Acid slows the release of blood sugar into the body after a meal, reducing insulin spikes and associated fat-storage. With companies popping up left-and-right selling "green coffee extract", the only sure-fire way of ensuring that you're getting a good product is to see the company's Certificate of Analysis (COA), which is a laboratory test used to determine the quantity of a chemical actually present in a supplement.
The ingredients on the label should list ONLY green coffee extract (CGA) - no binders, no fillers, no artificial ingredients.
We roast our regular Coffee beans to order, and when it arrives within a few days it's still at it's peak taste. If you're as gung-ho about coffee as we are and want to roast your own beans, we'll gladly supply the green beans!
Roasting your own Green Coffee is the only sure-fire way to ensure that you're getting the freshest possible coffee - a day after roasting. Simply roast the beans, set them aside to breath for 24hours (so that they release the CO2) and you're good-to-go!
There are a number of great guides available online, so we don't provide the roasting information here. Roasting your own coffee beans can be a fun experience - some people never look back - but there will be a few bad batches until you get the hang of it. The roasting process does create smoke, a delicious caramelizing smell accompanies it but it is possible to damage your walls and ceilings. Pets are particularly susceptible to fumes and care must be taken to keep them safe. Roasting in small batches will help to avoid too much smoke, and prevent your stove-top exhaust from being overwhelmed.
Green Coffee Extract
Green coffee extract has become popular recently because of a spotlight on the Dr. Oz show, where he claims that participants have seen increased weight loss without any change in diet. While it sounds "too good to be true", a number of people have reported that it helps curb appetite (likely due to the caffeine content) and that when taken before a meal, fat is blocked from being absorbed.
There are studies that indicate that Chlorogenic Acid helps convert fat into energy, preventing it from being stored as adipose tissue. While the effects likely are not as pronounced as supplement companies claim, it seems like a fairly safe supplement to take based on user reviews. The Chlorogenic Acid that is present in green coffee beans is mostly destroyed or converted during the roasting process, which is why roasted coffee beans don't tout the same fat-loss effects.
Which coffees have the highest content? There have been no definitive studies, but we've heard anecdotally that African coffees like the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Limu Coffee Beans are among some of the highest.
Like most plants and fruits, green coffee contains anti-oxidants that are said to help fight cellular breakdown and have a protective effect on aging. Anti-oxidants can also increase your metabolism and immune system. The overall effect is that you feel healthier, and generally have more energy when taking a green coffee bean extract or supplement.
Our coffees have not been rated as "food safe" for consumption prior to roasting and we do not recommend consuming unroasted green coffee beans.
If your heart is set on buying a green coffee extract supplement for weight-loss purposes, making sure to do your research into the brand you're buying. Like any supplement, terrible regulations allow a product to be labeled as one thing, while sometimes containing only 5%-10% of the active ingredient. The rest is filler - sugars or artificially created chemicals - that won't bring you the same results as a 100% pure extract. We do not have any recommendations for a specific brand.